Palliative Care Development in Africa: Small Grants Programme

The Trustees of the True Colours Trust have set aside funds towards a small grants programme for hospices and palliative care providers across Africa to support the development of palliative care. All work supported by this programme must adhere to the WHO definition of palliative care ( 

All funding decisions are made by the Trustees of the True Colours Trust, who meet twice a year to review applications. Applications and approved grants are administered by the African Palliative Care Association. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, with a duration of no more than one year.  The size of grants ranges from £500- £5,000.   

Funding Priorities 
Trustees favour support for items which directly improve the patient experience and the standard of palliative care services for people of all ages.  Priority is given to the following, in no particular order:
  • Training courses for palliative care service providers held in Africa (applicants must supply a curriculum / outline of the topics covered, and supply the name of the accrediting body. Funds will be released on receiving the letter of acceptance for the training institution)
  • Equipment for patients (e.g. beds, wheelchairs). For equipment we will require at least three quotes attached to the application, with the preferred quote indicated and reasons why.
  • Projects supporting paediatric palliative care services (this could include purchasing toys, integrating paediatric services into an existing programme, developing materials for advocacy, etc.).
  • Medicines.
  • Capital improvement costs (such as refurbishing buildings to improve the patient experience, buying furniture, etc.)
  • Developing small palliative care projects (integrating palliative care components in existing health care services, adapting palliative care models, quality improvement activities e.g Palliative Care standards, developing materials, etc.) and helping health care providers to establish new palliative care projects where none currently exist.
  • Increasing access to palliative care in rural areas.
Grants will not be approved for:
  • Attending conferences
  • Education courses outside Africa
  • General work with children and young people which does not adhere to the WHO definition of palliative care
  • Per Diems or grants to individuals or governments.
  • As multi-year grants are not considered, the Trustees will not normally fund salary costs. 
Only registered hospices and/or palliative care providers in any setting of care can apply.

Each applicant may include a request for up to £500 within their application for their core / administration costs. This component must be included as part of a bigger proposal. This part of a grant will only be included if the organisation applying makes a convincing case for the need for core / administration costs. This does not increase the maximum grant size which can be applied for, which remains at £5,000.

Grantees will be required to share with APCA any required information related to the grant in a timely manner, for the further development of the programme and other official purposes. 

Trustees are keen to make this programme available to as many organisations as possible. They are therefore unlikely to approve consecutive grants to any organisation. This means that an organisation which has received funding from the small grants programme, will have to wait at least one year (starting from the date of approval of final narrative report and financial report), before being eligible for another grant.

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