Step Up! provides grants of up to US$10,000 to help small, innovative, youth-focused non-profits develop and deliver effective health promotion programmes – with an emphasis on under-resourced and marginalised communities in low- and middle-income countries.
Climate change and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are two defining challenges of the 21st century, each posing significant threats to health and sustainable development.
NCDs such as mental health conditions, cancers, diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases share common risk factors, including air pollution, physical inactivity, poor diet, excessive alcohol and tobacco use, and mental ill health.
We are particularly interested in innovative projects which work to reduce risk factors for young people that can cause NCDs while at the same time effectively combating climate change through sustainable environmental solutions.
This year, we are accepting applications for innovative, creative approaches which tackle both environmental sustainability and NCD risk factors, primarily targeting young people in under-resourced settings.
Applicants selected to receive Step Up! Grants will be offered the opportunity to join AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP) Alumni Group once they have successfully completed CAF verification. The YHP Alumni Group offers learning and development opportunities and networking between Step Up! Grantees as well as young leaders who have received YHP Scholarships. In the past, Alumni Members have been offered mini-MBA programmes, opportunities to share their work with global audiences, and masterclasses on fundraising and digital skills to build effective health-promotion programmes.
StepUp! has always received a high number of applications for support and we know that we will not be able to support all eligible organisations which apply.