Group training - Orange Knowledge Programme

Orange Knowledge group training supports organisations in developing countries by training a selected group of staff.

There is Orange Knowledge Programme funding for 3 types of group training:

  • Tailor-Made Training (TMT): customised group training courses with a maximum budget of € 75,000 for a maximum of 12 months, for all countries in the Orange Knowledge Programme.
  • Tailor-Made Training Plus (TMT Plus): customised group training courses with a maximum budget of € 400,000 for a maximum of 24 months, for only full-programme and compact-plus programme countries in the programme.
  • Refresher courses: these courses are only for previous graduates from the Orange Knowledge Programme or its predecessors. Like TMT, they are for all countries in the programme, the maximum budget is € 75,000 and the maximum duration is 12 months.

The grant includes training development and implementation costs as well as participants related costs.

Update on TMT Plus

In December 2019 we announced changes to the TMT Plus instrument to better fill the gap between 'ordinary' one-off tailor-made training courses and multi-annual institutional collaboration projects. The following elements are new to TMT Plus:

  • stronger emphasis on sustainable embedding of results in organisations and on involving local/regional consortium partners
  • room for innovative approaches such as living labs, blended learning, study visits and short internships
  • possibility to include investments of up to 10% of the OKP subsidy amount in the budget

Read more about this instrument and the rules and regulations on the TMT Plus call page.

Can I get funding for my training?

Whether or not you can get funding for your training request depends on:

  1. the candidates to participate in the training;
  2. the focus of the training;
  3. the type of organisation submitting the proposal.

We have listed the criteria for all of these below.

Training candidates

You can apply for funding for group training if your course focuses on groups of candidates who:

  • work at national and/or local organisations such as ministries, secondary vocational or TVET institutions, universities, private sector organisations, commissions or NGOs;
  • are a national or resident of and work in one of the partner countries in the programme;
  • are in a position to use the knowledge of the course in practice;
  • (for refresher courses) are made up of at least 60% of students who have followed a course with NFP, NICHE or OKP.

Candidates don’t all have to work for the same organisation, but should have a common training need.

Focus areas of training

For each Orange Knowledge Programme country there are specific focus areas. Only proposals in the focus areas of the specific country are eligible for funding.

Please note: for some countries there is a minimum of co-funding that the requesting organisation has to pay. This is a percentage of the training budget. You can find the exact percentages per country in the country focus document:

Country focus Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (217.2 kB)

The more the proposal is aligned with the country focus, the greater the chance that your proposal is accepted.

Type of organisation

A Dutch training provider and a group with a common training need from a partner country can submit a joint proposal for funding.

The Dutch training provider should be a Dutch vocational or higher education institution, or a training organisation that:

  • will give the training themselves: an intermediary agency cannot apply for funding and is not allowed to give the training;
  • has a proven track record of training provided in the focus area;
  • has sufficient organisational and financial capacity, as proven in a COCA form that has been approved by us:

Checklist Organisational Capacity Assessment (COCA) group training Orange Knowledge‌ (88.8 kB)

An approved COCA is valid for a maximum of 1 year and can be used for different applications. You don’t need to fill in a new COCA form for a new proposal if you still have a valid COCA form.

You can submit a completed COCA form throughout the year. We encourage you to submit the form well ahead of any application deadline.

Submit your COCA form by email to referring to 'COCA'.

How can I find a training partner?

If you are in one of the Orange Knowledge partner countries and you have a training need that meets the above criteria, you need a Dutch training provider partner to submit a proposal together. Here are some tips to find a partner:

Check the Country Plan of Implementation for your country to see what the focus is in your country and if your training need fits one of these focus areas. If so, check the overview of current open calls for group training.

Check to see a list of programmes offered by Dutch education institutions that are involved in the Orange Knowledge programme. You can contact one of these institutions to see if they are interested in group training.

You can also contact the Dutch embassy in your country to ask for information on Dutch organisations that are already active in your country.

Still not found a good partner?

If you are having trouble finding a partner, send your request to our Facebook or Twitter account (Nuffic Global Development), so we can share it on social media. Please tell us:

  • the country you are from;
  • that you are looking for a partner for group training;
  • what the specific training need is.

How can I apply?

You can only apply for funding for group training if there is an open call for the specific type of training. If there is a call for the type of group training you are interested in, you need to follow the process below.

Step 1

You need to submit your application, with the necessary attachments, through our Delta application system. The link varies per open call. You can find formats for all the documents on the call page as well. Never used Delta? You can find guidelines in this manual:

TMT Delta user manual - Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (386.2 kB)

Step 2

After you have submitted your application we check if it is complete, meets the basic criteria listed above and that no information is missing. This normally takes 1 week.

Step 3

The Dutch embassy in the country where the training would take place assesses the application.

They score all proposals for their country based on local context. This normally takes 2 weeks.

Step 4

The embassies send us their assessment. We then review the proposals ourselves. This takes about 3 weeks.

Step 5

We make a final selection taking into account:

  • ranking based on scores of the applications;
  • spreading funding across countries, focus areas and training providers.

This takes 2 weeks.

Step 6

The grant is awarded to the Dutch training provider about 2 months after the deadline of the open call.

How to submit your report?

Once you have accepted the grant you are committed to delivering the training and reporting on its progress and outcomes. You need to submit your reports within two months after the training has finished.

Use our formats

Please use the formats below when submitting your report for TMT or TMT Plus.

Format narrative report Tailor-Made Training Orange Knowledge‌ (131.2 kB)

TMT Plus:
Format final narrative report for Tailor-Made Training Plus - OKP ‌ (92.3 kB)

If your TMT Plus takes longer than 18 months, you need to submit an additional narrative report, 2 months after the end of year 1:

Format additional narrative report for Tailor-Made Training Plus - OKP‌ (97.7 kB)

Required appendices

For all grants the following mandatory appendices need to be submitted via email to

Results from training

We would love to hear your success stories so please share on Facebook or Twitter!

If you would like to know which types of training requests have been funded by Orange Knowledge grants, download the overview below:

Granted Group Trainings - overview - Orange Knowledge Programme‌ (410.6 kB)

More information


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