Photo: Children drawing courtesy of Sibs

Photo: Children and carers taking part in a music therapy session courtesy of Haven House Children’s Hospice

Application Guidelines

Programme Grants:

The Trust only funds registered charities or activities with clearly defined charitable purposes.

Trustees only consider unsolicited applications for their Small Grants Programmes (UK and Africa).  Proposals for the Trust’s other programmes are invited by the Trustees or initiated at their request. The Trustees are keen to learn more about organisations whose work fits into the categories above but unsolicited applications are not encouraged and are unlikely to be successful.

If you would like to send us information about your organisation and project this should be sent by post to The True Colours Trust, The Peak, 5 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1AP.

Please send no more than two pages of A4 covering:

  • The organisation – explaining its charitable aims and objectives, and giving its most recent annual income and expenditure, and current financial position. Please do not send a full set of accounts.
  • The project requiring funding – why it is needed, who will benefit and in what way.
  • The funding – breakdown of costs, any money raised so far, and how the balance will be raised.
  • At this stage please do not send supporting books, brochures, DVDs, annual reports or accounts.

All correspondence will be acknowledged by email.   If your organisation is a candidate for support, you will hear from us within twelve weeks of the acknowledgement. Applicants who do not hear from us within this time must assume they have been unsuccessful.

Small Grants – UK and Africa:

The Trustees welcome unsolicited applications for their small grants programmes, both in the UK and in Africa. Trustees are keen to make these programmes available to as many organisations as possible; it is therefore unlikely that they will fund any organisation in consecutive years.

Small Grants UK:

The Trustees are committed to supporting a large number of excellent local organisations and projects that work with disabled children and their families on a daily basis. This is done through the Trust’s small grants programme. It provides grants of up to £10,000 to help smaller organisations develop and deliver programmes for children, their siblings and families. It is open to applications at any time. Grants in this category are usually one-off contributions rather than multi-year grants for on-going revenue costs.

The Trustees are particularly keen to support, in no particular order:

  • Hydrotherapy pools
  • Multi-sensory rooms
  • Mini buses
  • Sibling projects
  • Bereavement support
  • Specialised play equipment / access to play and leisure
  • Family support / parent-led peer support

Please note the following:

  • This programme is for UK organisations and projects only.
  • The programme is unable to provide support to local authorities.
  • Trustees are keen to make the grant programme available to as many organisations as possible; it is therefore unlikely that they will fund organisations in consecutive years.
  • Organisations wishing to apply must adhere to the Trust’s safeguarding policy which can be found here

You will receive an acknowledgement email within three weeks of submitting your application. If you do not then hear from us within twelve weeks of the date of that acknowledgement please accept that the Trustees, with regret, have not been able to make a grant in response to your appeal. We regret that, due to the high number of applications received, it is not possible of us to write to unsuccessful applicants or provide written feedback on applications.

Applications for small grants should be made using our online application form or alternatively you may complete the downloadable version of the form and send it to us by post or email.

FAQ area – Please read this section before contacting the Trust.


Small Grants Africa:

The Trustees of the True Colours Trust have set aside funds towards a small grants programme to support the development of palliative care across Africa.

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 (APCA). Funding is primarily for one-off projects, although the Trustees are willing to consider funding for core costs. The size of grants ranges from £500 – £5,000.

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.
  • Palliative care for children and young people.
  • Palliative care medicines.
  • Capital improvement costs.
  • Increasing access to palliative care in rural areas.
  • Training courses for palliative care service providers held in Africa.

Application forms are downloadable from APCA’s website and completed applications should be sent directly to APCA at If you have any questions about the form, please contact Pamela Kalema at APCA ( who will be happy to support you during the application process.