Leadership and career development

CFG launches new bursary for BAME charities and finance teams

New CFG membership and training grant is available now.

Charity Finance Group (CFG) is proud to announce the launch of a new bursary scheme to support BAME-led charities and finance teams.

The new scheme will fully fund 15 CFG memberships, each with a place on CFG’s flagship training programme – Inspiring Financial Leadership (IFL).

The IFL course draws on leadership research and tackles the current challenges facing charity leaders. The course is wide-ranging and includes eight modules that have been specifically developed for finance professionals.

Run each year between October and May, in partnership with Sayer Vincent and Bayes Business School, IFL has worked with dozens of charity finance professionals to develop their leadership skills.

Launching the new bursary scheme, Caron Bradshaw OBE, CEO of CFG, comments:

“Over the past 19 months, BAME communities have been significantly and disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic and this has increased the pressure on BAME-led charities who continue to deliver for the people and communities they serve.

“Along with our partner organisations, CFG has been focusing on the steps we can take to ensure under-represented groups within the sector have access to the training and networks they need from infrastructure bodies like ours.

“We’re proud to be launching this new bursary scheme in time for the new IFL cohort to begin in October. We are committed to supporting all finance professionals, whatever their career stage, and we recognise the part that leadership skills play in helping to further careers.”

This new IFL bursary scheme for BAME charities follows on from the creation of two further grant programmes: CFG’s Small Charities Membership Bursary Scheme, launched in November 2020, supported by the Garfield Weston Foundation, and the existing access bursary scheme for IFL which provides support for course fees and, where relevant, travel costs for disadvantaged CFG members.

BAME charities and BAME-led finance teams who are not members of CFG are invited to apply for the bursary scheme which will cover the costs of CFG membership and the IFL course.

The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 4 October, so don’t delay! To find out more and to apply, visit CFG’s website.


About Charity Finance Group

Charity Finance Group (CFG) is the charity that inspires a financially confident, dynamic and trustworthy charity sector. We do this by championing best practice, nurturing leadership and

For further information, please contact:

Emma Abbott, Communications Manager, CFG:

Sarah Lomax, Director of Commercial Services, CFG:


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