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Our Social Profit Grants give non-profit organisations a boost

If you work in a not-for-profit organisation, you know that resources can be tight. Which means opportunities for professional development may be thin on the ground.

Which is why we offer social profit grants – to give talented individuals from NGOs and charities the chance to develop their skills and make even greater impact.

Successful grant applicants get a place on one of our executive management programmes – where they can share thoughts and ideas with people who offer alternative approaches to the challenges they face. Just as importantly, we benefit from the unique and valuable viewpoints participants from non-profits bring to the classroom.

Who can apply?

If your organisation is registered at https://www.goededoelen.be/ − a King Baudouin Foundation initiative − you can apply online. If you’re an international organisation based outside of Belgium, please get in touch with Valerie De Coninck for more information: [email protected]

To apply, you need to have managerial responsibilities – for example, you need to lead a team or be responsible for a budget. You also need to be able to show how participating in a Vlerick programme will help your organisation succeed.

Since 2010, Vlerick has offered 190 grants to non-profit organisations from Belgium and further afield – and we’ve approved 63% of applications.

What programmes can you apply for?

You can use a Social Profit Grant for any of our executive management programmes. You can’t use it to pay for Masters programmes, MBA programmes or events.

How do we award grants?

We evaluate your application and consider how the programme you’re applying for is relevant to your organisation.

We award a maximum of one grant per Vlerick programme per year. Up to two people from one organisation can receive a grant each year – and an individual can receive one grant every three years.

What does the grant cover?

The grant pays your programme fee. You or your organisation will need to cover any extra costs – like food, travel, accommodation and any evening activities. These costs are usually around €100 per day, depending on the programme.

Ready to apply?

Fill out the the application form and e-mail it to: [email protected]
If you have any questions, please call +32 9 210 97 69

Application deadlines
  • Short-term programmes: Six weeks before the programme starts. We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful four weeks before the start date.
  • Long-term programmes: 12 weeks before the programme starts. We’ll let you know if you’ve been successful 10 weeks before the start date.
Note: If multiple applicants apply for the same programme, Vlerick reserves the right to select the applicant who will have the most impact on his/her organisation after participating in the programme.

Frequently asked questions
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Ignace De Ro


Ignace De Ro, Westlandia vzw
General Director

“Thanks to the Social Profit Grant − and by means of the Advanced Management programme − we have acquired an overview of all the elements comprising the operational management of our organisation.

The emphasis on working strategically, with the right choices depending on the chosen strategy, will allow Westlandia to grow further in its mission − namely, the employment of people who are somewhat removed from the labour market.

The programme provides insights into many aspects of business and how to infuse your mission into a strategy, action plan, company culture, financial consequences, customer relations, negotiations, networking, etc. The programme also enables you to benchmark your own organisation against those of your fellow participants as well as the current state-of-the-art in the market.

The group of ‘like-minded colleagues’ has added an extra dimension to broadening my own view of things in our company. So, in brief, the AM programme has more than met my personal expectations."

  Sarah De Smet, Oxfam Fairtrade
Product Manager

Management Acceleration Programme
“Some elements of this programme met my expectations, others exceeded my expectations, and very few scored below my expectations. But I must say I expect a lot – I need to be challenged, and I am very eager to learn and excel. If this is what you are looking for, the Vlerick programme is the right step to take. A crucial aspect for me was the personal development. A mirror is held in front of you – and if you are really willing to look at it, this programme changes the way you manage, the way you lead, the way you act as a professional."

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