Applications now open for palliative care in Africa small grants programme

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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 not longer than 1 year.  The size of grants will range from £500- £5,000.  

Funding Priorities

Trustees favour support for items which directly improve the patient experience and the standard of palliative care services.  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)
  • Equipment for patients (e.g beds, wheelchairs, etc) For equipment we will require at least two quotes attached to the application
  • 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.)
  • Organisational development (Strategic planning, organisational capacity assessment, staff development, website development, board training and support, team building activities, mentorship support, etc) 

Grants will not be approved for:

  • Attending conferences outside Africa
  • Education courses outside Africa
  • General work with children and young people which does not adhere to the WHO definition of palliative care 

Trustees are keen to make this programme available to as many organisations as possible; it is therefore necessary that there is a one year time lag between funded projects from the same organization. This means that an organization who has received funding from the small grants programme, will have to wait one year (counted from the date of approval of final narrative and financial report), before being eligible for another grant.

As multi-year grants will not be made with these funds, the trustees will not normally fund salary costs. Grants are not made to individuals, but only to registered hospices and/or palliative care providers.


Trustees review applications twice a year in April and October. The deadline for applications this round will be the 1st September 2014. Trustees will only consider appeals made on their own short application form. The application form is available from the African Palliative Care Association website here.  Should you require additional support or information while developing the proposals you can contact the Small Grants Officer at APCA by telephone +256 312 264978 or email . Please make sure to attach all required documents to this application form. Incomplete applications risk not to be considered.

Required documents include the following:

  • Copy of registration of your organization confirming that it is a legal entity in the country of operation.
  • Reference letter from the national palliative care association, or, if there is no association in your country, then obtain a reference from another recognised health institution such as the Ministry of Health or a Hospice and palliative care programme.
  • Proof of employment with the organization of the person responsible for the project.
  • Proof of registration of the person responsible with the relevant professional body/council such as the Medical Association where applicable.
  • A copy of valid work permit if the responsible person is not a national.
  • Current audited accounts. In the absence of current audited accounts an explanation should be provided of why this is not possible and an annual statement of income and expenditure should be provided.
  • Detailed project budget using the attached template
  • Completed training sheet for activities involving trainings using the attached template.
  • A minimum of 2 quotes for proposed equipment purchases if applicable indicating the preferred quote and reasons for this.

Please note that the trustees receive a large number of applications and some applications will therefore be unsuccessful. They will endeavour to communicate to all applicants within two months of the closing date.

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