APCA True Colours Trust Small Grants Programme 2018 (Funding up to £5,000)

APCA True Colours Trust Small Grants Programme 2018 (Funding up to £5,000)

Deadline: September 1, 2018

The Trustees of the True Colours Trust through the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) are inviting applications for the 2018 Small Grant Programme. They have set aside funds 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. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, with a duration of no more than one year.

The 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 they 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.


  • The size of grants ranges from £500- £5,000.


  • Only registered hospices and/or palliative care providers in any setting of care can apply.


All applicants must include the following documents with their application:

  • A copy of the registration of your organisation confirming that it is a legal entity in the country of operation.
  • Reference letter from a relevant local hospice and palliative care organisation, ministry of health or any other credible network organisation e.g. cancer society, hospital, academic institution. Proof of employment with the organisation 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 a valid work permit if the responsible person is not a national.
  • Current audited accounts. In the absence of current audited accounts, please provide an explanation of why it is not possible to provide accounts and instead submit an annual statement of income and expenditure.
  • Detailed project budget using the attached template. (The budget should be provided both in the local currency and GBP currency, indicating the date of currency conversion and rate used)
  • A copy of the organisation structure if available.  Alternatively, a summary list of staff positions in the organisation indicating number of people per position.
  • Curriculum vitae (CVs) of the key institutional contact, the person responsible for project coordination and for the person responsible for finance management of the project.
  • If applying for training courses, please also include the following:
    • Completed training sheet for activities involving training using the attached template.
  • If applying for the purchase of equipment, medicines or materials, please also include the following:
    • A minimum of three quotes for proposed equipment purchases if applicable indicating the preferred quote and reasons for this.

Download the application form and send it along with all the necessary documents to [email protected]

For more information, visit APCA True Colours Trust Small Grants Programme.