Jul 12, 2021

AstraZeneca: Step Up! - the Young Health Global Grants Programme

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Step Up! - the Young Health Global Grants Programme

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.

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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.

We are seeking grant applications of $10,000 USD to deliver projects which:

  • Reduce NCD risk factors for young people while at the same time effectively combating climate change through sustainable environmental solutions
  • Address the needs of vulnerable young people (10-30 years old) in under-resourced communities
  • Reach an appropriate number of young people according to the scale of the local need
  • Can provide evidence at the conclusion of the project of what has been delivered, as well as outcomes and what has been learned
  • Are  managed by non-profits with an annual income of US$1 million or less
  • Can be completed within a 12 month period, not starting before February 2022

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.

In selecting applications, we will prioritise a project if it:

  • Addresses nutrition
  • Utilises technology or digital health solutions in an inclusive way
  • Is innovative: delivering something different from which we can learn (an existing approach in a new setting linked to a particular need, or a totally new approach)
  • Is youth-led (ie primarily youth managed/designed) Involves young people as advocates for change in their communities
  • Is primarily funded by this grant
  • Is run by an organisation with an income and capacity to deliver a grant of this size
  • Is from an organisation which has not yet been supported by a StepUp! grant
  • Operates in a low- or lower-middle- income country or setting


Type of Opportunity

Capstone Project

Application Deadline

June 9, 2021 through July 21, 2021

Age Range