We will help quickly grow a person who will take care of financing your media.

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A grant manager

is the one who seeks ways to finance media, writes project proposals, reports to donors, helps in project implementation, and understands communications.
And usually, this person is the CEO/chief editor/director of the media organization. Tired, a bit (or not a bit) burnt out, exhausted, nervous. You want to delegate the responsibilities of a grant manager...

But to whom?


We offer a solution

Responding to today's challenges, within the Ukrainian Media Business Academy, we are creating a practical course «Grant Manager in Media»


What, where, when


Starting on March 11

the course lasts for three months


The format is online

with the possibility of holding a final offline event in Hub for media professionals in Chernivtsi


Three sessions per week

each lasting 4 hours


Weekly work

with mentors during planning sessions


Four educational modules

that illustrate the entire life cycle of working on a project

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Grant Manager in Media

What we implement within the course:

A three-month course where experts will cover everything needed to know about grant management in media;Three months of daily support from experts at the management company «Make sense» who will literally guide newly created grant managers into the world of fundraising and project management;Four practical educational modules where trainers will cover topics on fundraising, project management, analytics and reporting, and communications;Studying best practices and analyzing worst practices within case studies, where participants will work with real cases from international practice;Plenty of networking opportunities, gifts, merchandise, additional content, and the chance to learn from experts from UCU, national and local media, experienced managers, and fundraisers.

Thanks to the course you will:


    Become a true grant manager at the junior/middle level, ready for today's challenges


    Go through an intensive educational program developed by «Make Sense» Kharkiv National Economic University named after Semen Kuznets, and DW Akademie


    Have the opportunity to reach out to experienced grant managers with any professional questions during the three months, as they will be your mentors


    Work together with mentors on real project proposals


    Acquire professional skills that you will need not only in the future but also here and now

Why we are doing this

The problem addressed by this course lies in the significant shortage of qualified grant managers in Ukraine. In the context of a constantly increasing volume of international aid and investments, especially in the country's recovery after the war, the need for effective managers capable of handling these resources is critically important.
Grant managers play a key role in the collaboration between government, businesses, and the civil sector with international organizations, as they are the first line of control ensuring that financial and other resources coming into the country are used efficiently and purposefully.
Qualified grant managers can help establish and maintain sustainable and continuous cooperation between Ukrainian organizations and international partners.


The target audience for the course


Media organizations

looking to train one of their employees to effectively fundraise and work with donors


Individual media

professionals seeking to retrain as grant managers or enhance their skills



even those not directly involved in the media field, who wishes to pursue a career in this direction

Details regarding participation in the «Grant Manager in Media» course


Price$ 1.500


Partners from DW Akademie will provide 50-90% coverage of the fee for selected participants chosen by an independent committee. «Make sense» will offer free participation in the course for participants involved in the war in Ukraine against Russia.
10% of the course fee will go towards the needs of the «Donbas» battalion, which «Make sense» supports through volunteer and charitable activities.
«Make sense» will refund the full course fee if you do not win any grants during 2024. Yes, we are that confident in the results.


10 participants

for the «Grant Manager in Media» course


3 months of work

with professional grant managers who will be your mentors


A team of trainers and mentors

from UCU, national and local media, experienced managers, and fundraisers


At least 1 grant application written

and submitted by you to international institutions


3 months of practical

and theoretical training in grant management

The team of the course

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Valerii Garmash

Head of UMBA

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Taisiia Garmash

Head of Fundraising Department at «Make sense»

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Anastasiia Moroz

Project Manager at UMBA

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Alina Bocharnikova

Lecturer at UCU, Social Entrepreneurship Consultant (Future Development Agency)

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Anastasiia Borema

Head of Communications Department in the investigative journalist team at Bihus.Info

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Nina Gaievska

Facilitator and Project Management Trainer


Thank you for your attention

If you have any questions or suggestions, please write to ogn.esnes%40ymedaca or to the project manager of the course, Anastasiia Moroz: ogn.esnes%40zorom.a