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Grant Opportunities: Palliative Care Development in Africa: Small Grants Programme

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Deadline: 3-Sep-22

The True Colours Trust is seeking applications for its Palliative Care Development 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.

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.
  • Please note: For this round, prevention of and protection against Covid-19 for health workers, patients and their families will be included as crosscutting issues across all the funding priorities. This round they are therefore accepting applications for work designed to allow services to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • 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 to be covered, Curriculum vitae (CVs) of the trainers, fill out the training template and supply the name of the accrediting body. Funds will be released on receiving the letter of acceptance for the training institution for those applying to undertake courses). For this round, training in dealing with Covid-19, including prevention, containment, referral and use of PPE, will also be considered.
    • Equipment for patients (e.g. beds, wheelchairs). For this round, equipment may also include PPEs for staff and patients, or any other equipment to support palliative care patients during the Covid-19 crisis.
    • Projects supporting paediatric palliative care services (this could include purchasing toys, integrating paediatric services into an existing programme, developing materials for advocacy, etc.).
    • Palliative care Essential Medicines and Personal Protection Equipment. For this round, medicines and equipment may include that intended to ensure the safety of patients and staff including PPE; masks, aprons, gowns, face shields, temperature guns, hand sanitiser, soap, etc.
    • Capital improvement costs (such as refurbishing buildings to improve the patient experience, buying furniture, etc.) For this round, capital improvement costs may include the adaptation of existing spaces to ensure the safety of staff and patients during the Covid-19 crisis.
    • Developing small palliative care projects (integrating palliative care components into existing health care services, adapting palliative care models, quality improvement activities such as Palliative Care standards, developing materials among others. and helping health care providers to establish new palliative care projects where none currently exist. For this round, applications for the costs of adapting existing projects and services in light of the Covid-19 crisis will be considered.
    • Increasing access to palliative care services in rural areas. For this round, applications for work on sensitising palliative care patients and communities about Covid-19 will be considered. They will also consider applications towards the costs of airtime or virtual visiting for palliative care patients.
    • For this round, applications towards the costs of airtime, data, devices or software packages for remote service delivery, training, mentorship or meetings will be considered.
    • Responding to crisis situations such as extreme weather conditions or disease outbreaks to deal with their effects on the provision of palliative care services.
    • Trustees will prioritise applications from organisations with an annual income of under $500,000.
  • Please note applicants for this round should also confirm the following:
    • That they are operating within the WHO road map to end the Covid-19 pandemic and/or their National Guidelines regarding Covid-19.
    • That they have sufficient PPE and sanitisation materials to deliver activities safely.
Funding Information

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


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.
  • Salary costs since multi-year grants are not considered.
  • Only registered hospices and/or palliative care providers in any setting of care can apply.
  • Any organisation currently funded by the True Colours Trust even if that funding is not from the small grants programme.

For more information, visit https://africasmallgrants.truecolourstrust.org.uk/how-to-apply/

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