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Application Guidelines

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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 email to As our offices are currently closed, please do not submit applications by post.

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 Small Grants Covid-19 Support round has now closed. The UK Small Grants scheme will be reopening shortly. If you would like to be notified when the scheme reopens, please email with your contact information.   

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.

For more information and to apply, please visit the Africa Small Grants page. If you have any questions about the programme, please contact Pamela Kalema at APCA ( who will be happy to support you during the application process.