Access funding from our Members’ Training Fund to help you upskill during lockdown

Access funding from our Members’ Training Fund to help you upskill during lockdown

For many of us, our day-to-day working lives now look very different to just a few weeks ago. Our sector is facing unprecedented challenges, requiring us to adapt to new ways of working (on both an individual and organisational level).

Fundraising in particular, has been heavily hit by the current Covid-19 crisis, happening at what is generally the most important period in the year for securing vital sources of unrestricted income. A further challenge for members has been the need to adapt projects in line with donors’ requests – a difficult ask when our overseas partners are also up against the constraints of lockdown, and at differing points in responding to the crisis.

This has thrown many of us ‘in at the deep end’ in terms of utilising and developing new skills.

In other instances, the coronavirus lockdown might have left a feeling of restlessness, with unexpected time on our hands.

Whatever the situation is for you and your colleagues, we would like to support you through this challenging time. One way in which we may be able to do so is by helping you to learn something new and upskill through an online training course.

The Alliance’s Members’ Training Fund offers training bursaries of up to £250, available to spend on any training which helps you deliver on your organisational aims. Members who have taken advantage of this in the past have undertaken training on topics such as fundraising, financial planning, project management, using social media effectively, and more. But with so many online courses out there to choose from, it can be difficult to know where to start searching.

Which training courses can I take to upskill? 

Our Effectiveness and Learning Adviser, Laura, has put together some suggestions to help get you thinking, some of which can be found below:

There are also plenty of free training opportunities around. We’d recommend taking a look at the Humanitarian Leadership Academy’s global learning platform Kaya for inspiration. Of interest might be its Safeguarding Essentials course, aimed at anyone working in the humanitarian and development sectors, where safeguarding issues are a concern.

If you are interested in tapping into our Members’ Training Fund, the first step in the process is to complete the application form and return it by email to

Please note that this fund is intended to support those organisations with an income of less than £250,000, and individuals who have not previously received support. For full guidance and eligibility criteria, visit the Members’ Training Fund webpage.

Don’t forget that the Alliance offers plenty of our own training opportunities, webinars and resources, all of which are included in your membership. Click on the previous link to find out more!