The 24th Round of the Africa Small Grants Programme

We are delighted to announce that the 24th round of the Africa Small Grants Programme is now open. In this round, we continue to accept applications to support palliative care providers as they adapt services in light of Covid-19.

Please visit the How to Apply page for more information about the programme and the application process.

The deadline for applications is the 3rd September 2021.

True Colours and APCA are delighted to announce the opening of the 22nd round of grants

The 22nd round of Small Grants opens for applications on the 3rd August.

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 we are therefore accepting applications for work designed to allow services to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, as outlined in bold below.

Priority for this round is given to the following, in no particular order:

  • 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.
  • Equipment for patients (e.g. beds, wheelchairs). 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.
  • Palliative care Essential Medicines. 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. 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. For this round, applications for the costs of adapting existing projects and services in light of Covid-19 will also be considered.
  • 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. We will also consider applications towards the costs of airtime or virtual visiting for palliative care patients.

Please note, applicants to this round must also confirm that they are operating within the WHO road map for Covid-19 and / or their National Guidelines regarding Covid-19.

To learn more, or to apply, please go to the How to Apply page.

Winners of the Short Film Competition receive prizes in Kigali

Representatives from ELCT – Nyakahanga Palliative Care, Najojo Better Living Mission Association and Kawempe Home Care receiving their trophies. Photo by Kalaz Media

In September, the APCA Conference took place in Kigali, Rwanda. At the conference, we were delighted to award trophies to the three winners of the Small Grants Short Film Competition.

The winners were:

Kawempe Home Care, Uganda
Film: Paediatric Palliative Care Services for Children with Cancer

ELCT – Nyakahanga Palliative Care, Tanzania
Film: Unique Contribution Toward Palliative Care Development

Najojo Better Living Mission Association, Lesotho
Film: Because We All Care

There were also two runners up:

Christian Way Church – Tutulane Project, Malawi
Film: Rumphi Rural Palliative Care

Centre Hospitalier Aru Cité – Soins Palliatifs, DRC
Film: Life in all its Fullness

The winning films can be seen here.

Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to all who entered.

Celebrating 10 years of the Small Grants Programme

The True Colours Trust and the African Palliative Care Association (APCA) are delighted to announce the launch of a short film/video competition to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Small Grants Programme for palliative care development in Africa.

Since it was launched in 2009, the Small Grants Programme has awarded over 160 grants to organisations which are making a real difference to palliative care provision and access for children and adults with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions across the continent. To mark the 10th anniversary, we would like to celebrate the work that you do and look to the future by sharing your stories with others.

We would like to invite your organisation to submit a short three-minute film/video which demonstrates the work that you do, the difference it makes to patients’ lives and the impact that it has on your communities. The work of local palliative care providers is vital as our nations work towards providing Universal Health Coverage, where palliative care is a core component alongside promotive, preventive, treatment and rehabilitative care. Help us to celebrate the contribution that you all make to the provision of palliative care.

For more information about the competition, please see the Anniversary page of the website.

New Africa Small Grants Website launched

True Colours Trust and the African Palliative Care Association are delighted to launch this new website. This site will be the new home of all things related to the Africa Small Grants. Please bookmark this page. Future rounds will be announced on this page and stories shared about past grants and organisations’ successes.