Getting Project Budgeting & Reporting Right

Format: 3 days (three full days) classroom based, with online elements before and after the face to face training

The budget is the most frequent reason why proposals fail to win funds. And many projects are limiting their impact due to budget management issues. Let’s fix that!

After this course, you will know how to

  • Write a winning budget in full compliance with the donor in a way that maximises your unrestricted income and is financially sustainable
  • Set up an effective team approach to budget creation as a basis for successful budget management
  • Manage and monitor a budget, including variances, utilization rates and create a forecast that allows you to manage a project with more foresight
  • Report financials effectively and in full compliance to donors, legislation and in a way that is useful to your colleagues
  • Feel confident reading and creating better budgets

All our trainers have at least 15 years experience in proposal writing and business development, and can adapt the course content to your individual needs. Learning is team based, interactive and delivered in English.

Structure and Well-being

We will share the detailed agenda, location details and pre-study a few weeks before the course.

Learning happens best when it is supported by a good diet and exercise. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and a group lunch (included) served on days 1, 2 and 3.

Accommodation, Visa and Cancelation policy

Please note that accommodation is not included. We can offer discounted accommodation in some locations – please just ask us. Upon request and only after the complete booking, we can provide a letter of confirmation that you are registered to attend an MzN training.

Our fair cancellation policy is: 100% refund less transfer cost (if any) if canceled 60 days before course start, 50% refund if canceled between 30 and 60 days, no refund if canceled lesson than 30 days before or no-show. Should a national emergency, like Covid, be declared, then we will refund all course fees within 10 days. All refunds may be subject to bank transfer fees.

Training Course Dates

  • 22-24 July 2024, Brussels


Updated 2024 Pricing

EUR800 per person.

An MzN Partner Organisation can book up to three people for free (No show penalty fee of EUR600 applies).

If three (3) or more participants from the same organisation are booked to the same course, a 10% discount applies. Contact for more information. 

Who should attend

This course is for everyone who wants to be better at managing budgets. It does not matter if you are a career starter or seasoned professional. Participants come from NGOs of all sizes and around the world. MzN has offered this course since 2013, with an Alumni of over 3000 NGO professionals globally, many who stay connected and continue to share tips, jobs and donor trends.


Upon completion, MzN provides a certificate in digital and printed format.