Group training - Orange Knowledge Programme
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has now officially extended the Orange Knowledge Programme until 31 December 2024. As announced in a Programme Update, the extension includes new opportunities for individual scholarships and group training. New call opportunities can be expected shortly on the open calls page.
We expect two rounds of regular TMT’s, and one round for TMT+ initiatives:
- The provisional budget for each round of Tailor-made Training is €2,500,000 in total, of which €75,000 is the maximum budget per training. Granted TMT training initiatives from the first round must take place between June 2023 and 1 June 2024.
- The provisional budget for the Tailor-made Training Plus (TMT+) is €6,000,000 in total, of which €200,000 is the maximum budget per training. Granted TMT+ training initiatives must take place between June 2023 and 31 August 2024.
We hereby share our provisional timeline for the first TMT call and the TMT+ call:
- Calls open in Delta: 1 March 2023
- Deadline calls: 14 April 2023
- Grant letters sent: mid-June 2023
We will have more information available on our websites in the coming weeks. In addition, a Q&A session will be organised after the opening of the calls to further explain the opportunities for Group Trainings.
Types of group training
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 € 200,000 and a maximum end date of 31 August 2024.
- 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.
Difference between TMT and TMT Plus
In comparison to a regular tailor-made training, the following elements apply to TMT Plus:
- stronger emphasis on sustainable embedding of results in organisations and within the sector
- more focus on training development and implementation costs as well as participants related costs involving local/regional consortium partners
- due to the larger budget, there is more room for innovative approaches such as living labs, study visits and short internships
- possibility to include investments of up to 10% of the OKP subsidy amount in the budget
Can I get funding for my training?
Whether or not you can get funding for your training request depends on:
- the candidates to participate in the training;
- the focus of the training;
- the type of organisation submitting the proposal.
We have listed the criteria for all of these below.
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.
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. The more a proposal is aligned with the country focus, the greater the chance that your proposal is accepted. In addition, a training proposal should build on results from the current Orange Knowledge Programme.
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 (288.57 kB) (to be updated)
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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 our Studyfinder database 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?
- 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.
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:
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.
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.
The embassies send us their assessment. We then review the proposals ourselves. This takes about 3 weeks.
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.
The grant is awarded to the Dutch training provider about 2 months after the deadline of the open call.
How do I submit my report?
Once you have accepted the grant you are committed to delivering the training and reporting on its progress and outcomes. To help you, we have gathered all information you need to close an OKP training and submit your report.
Budget Neutral Extension Requests
For TMT and TMT+ initiatives awarded in 2023 budget neutral extensions are not possible.
For previously awarded RC initiatives, a BNE can be requested with this format:
Code of Conduct
When we implement our programme, we acknowledge our Code of Conduct. In our Code of Conduct we describe how we put our mission and values into practice every day. We explain the professional and ethical behaviour that is expected from all of us and those who handle OKP group training.
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Results from training
If you would like to know which types of training requests have been funded by Orange Knowledge grants, download the overview below: