The True Colours Trust is seeking applications to provide grants to hospices and palliative care providers across Africa to support the development of palliative care.
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.
- The priority areas for the programme are as follows:
- Equipment for patients (beds, wheelchairs etc) (for this round, equipment may also include PPE 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 medicines and Personal Protective 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 (e.g. adapting buildings to improve the patient experience) (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).
- Increasing access to palliative care 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.)
- Developing small palliative care projects (for this round, applications for the costs of adapting existing projects and services in light of the Covid-19 crisis will be considered).
- Training courses for palliative care service providers held in Africa (for this round, training in dealing with Covid-19, including prevention, containment, referral and use of PPE, will also be considered).
- 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.
- Trustees will prioritise applications from organisations with an annual income of under $500,000.
- The size of grants ranges from £500 – £5,000.
- Up to 15% of the grant may be used for general running costs/administration.
- This programme provides grants to small, locally-based organisations to improve the standard of palliative care in their local communities. Applicants should be able to demonstrate that their project will have a tangible and practical impact on local patients and families. Applications for items which directly improve the patient experience and the standard of palliative care services for people of all ages are prioritised.
- Applications from organisations with an annual income of under $500,000 will be prioritised.
- Each applicant may include a request for up to £750 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.
- In order to make the programme available to as many organisations as possible, grants will not be approved to an organisation in consecutive years. 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.
- They regret they’re not able to make grants towards the following:
- Projects which are not delivering palliative care
- Attending conferences
- Education or training courses which take place outside Africa
- Per diems
- Salary costs
- The work of any organisation currently in receipt of a grant from APCA/True Colours or which has been in receipt of funding from APCA/True Colours within the last 12 months
- General work with children and young people which does not adhere to the WHO definition of palliative care.
For more information, visit The True Colours Trust.