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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. The small grants programme is broken down into two categories: UK and Africa.

Small Grants UK – Covid-19 Support:

Thank you for your interest in our Small Grants programme which supports excellent local organisations and projects that work with disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families.

Owing to the unprecedented challenges facing charitable organisations due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Trustees have adapted their small grants scheme for the next round which they will consider in October.

The Small Grants round will be open for applications between Friday 21st August and Monday 21st September with final decisions being made in October. The deadline for applications is 5.00pm on the 21st September. We are aware this is a short timeframe as we are trying to get funding to those who need it as quickly as possible.

This unique grant round is designed to help organisations to adapt their services to the new situation and to continue or resume supporting families safely.

What we will consider funding

For this round, Trustees will make grants of up to £5,000 to help smaller organisations to adapt and continue to deliver their vital services in light of Covid-19. This may include normal running costs of programmes which are resuming, or adaptations to existing services to allow them to take place safely.

For the purpose of this funding round, smaller charities are defined as those with an income under £1million, in line with the criteria for membership of the Small Charities Coalition, and priority will be given to organisations whose income is under £350,000.

Proposals for the following areas of work will be considered, in no particular order:

  1. Activities for disabled children, children with life limiting conditions and their families
  2. Adaptations to services including PPE, digital service provision and physical changes to spaces to be Covid-19 compliant.  
  3. Siblings’ projects
  4. Bereavement Support
  5. Respite which supports the whole family
  6. Support for children/families who are shielding or unable to return to school
  7. Specialised play equipment / access to play and leisure

Trustees will only consider retrospective funding for item 2 above.   

Trustees will prioritise applications from organisations:

  • Which support a high proportion of children and families from BAME communities
  • Which operate in areas of high deprivation or areas which are experiencing a second lockdown
  • Whose annual income in 2019/20 was under £350,000  

What we will not consider for this round

The purpose of this unique funding round is to help organisations adapting or reopening their services in light of Covid-19, in order to support families in the short to medium term. 

A number of changes have therefore been made to our normal priority areas.  For this round, Trustees will not consider funding for: 

  • Schools or ‘friends of associations’ working with schools
  • Hydrotherapy pools
  • Multi-sensory rooms

If you have already submitted an application for funding for one of these areas, please be assured that we will be in touch.  You will be asked if you would like us to keep your application on file for a future round, or if you would prefer to either withdraw your application or apply for an alternative piece of work.

In addition, in line with our normal guidelines we will not consider applications:

  • from condition specific organisations
  • for residential play schemes
  • from local authorities
  • from organisations which are registered outside the UK
  • for projects taking place outside the UK

How to apply:

The deadline for this round is 5.00pm on the 21st September.

Applications for small grants should be made using our online application form. If you experience any technical difficulties or have any questions, please contact us by email at  As our offices are currently closed, please do not submit applications by post.

Because of the fast-changing situation in the UK due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are not requesting precise, costed budgets for this round, but instead request an indication of how you would use funds if you are successful.  Should you be successful, you will be asked to provide a detailed report on expenditure.

Following submission of your application you will receive an acknowledgement email and applications will be reviewed at our October meeting. If you do not hear from us by the end of October please accept that, with regret, True Colours has not been able to make a grant in response to your appeal. Due to the high number of applications we usually receive, unfortunately it is not possible to write to unsuccessful applicants or provide written feedback on applications.

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 work supported by this programme must adhere to the WHO definition of palliative care. 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. 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. 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.