Palliative Care Development in Africa: Small Grants Programme

The 5th round of the True Colours Trust small grants call for applications is now open. Funds are available for hospices and palliative care providers across Africa to support the development of palliative care in the continent. All work supported by this programme must adhere to the WHO definition of palliative care (

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:

  • Equipment for patients (beds, wheelchairs etc. If your application is successful you will be asked to provide at least 2 quotes before any payment is made
  • Palliative care for children and young people (this could include purchasing toys and integrating children’s  services into an existing programme etc)
  • Palliative care medicines
  • Capital improvement costs (such as refurbishing buildings to improve the patient experience, buying furniture etc.)
  • Increasing access to palliative care in rural areas
  • 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)

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

The size of grants will range from £500 – £5,000. Funding is primarily for one-off projects, although the Trustees are willing to consider funding for core costs.
KEHPCA encourages hospice and palliative care units based in Kenya to apply for the small grants programme. The application guidelines, application form and budget format can be downloaded here:
Completed applications should be submitted to

The closing date for submission of the applications is 01st March 2012.

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.
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