AstraZeneca’s Young Health global grants

Silvia Weninger

1) Objective

StepUp!, part of AstraZeneca’s Young Health global grants programme, aims to extend the reach and impact of AstraZeneca’s investment in young people’s health. It builds on the success of the Young Health Programme and helps NGOs and charitable non-profits engaged in youth-centred health promotion to innovate and scale up their impact, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 3 (health and wellbeing). Innovation and fresh thinking are required more than ever at this time of COVID-19 pandemic to meet health and wellbeing challenges for young people.

They are particularly interested in work to reduce risk behaviours in young people that can lead to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as mental health conditions, cancers, diabetes and heart and respiratory diseases. They are seeking grant applications for projects which:

  • Take place in under-resourced and marginalised communities
  • Address the health needs of young people aged 10-30, and/or be youth-led
  • Are focused on health promotion
  • Show innovation in approach, settings or implementation
  • Can provide evidence at the conclusion of the project of what has been delivered, as well as outcomes and what has been learned
  • Can be completed within 12 months of grant payment (ideally by March 2022)

2) Eligibility 

The fund is open to registered NGOs and non-profit charitable organisations managing youth-focused projects for health promotion or NCD prevention. Organisations must be ‘funding-ready’ and able to provide appropriate documentation to verify their charitable status and financial situation. Organisations which have been funded previously by AstraZeneca are welcome to apply, but not for the same project that was previously supported.

3) Location 

Actions can take place worldwide.

4) Budget 

StepUp! provides grants of up to US$10,000 to help small, innovative, youth-focused and youth-led non-profits to deliver health promotion messages effectively in under-resourced and marginalised communities worldwide, taking account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

5) Application

Proposals must be submitted electronically using the electronic submission system of the web based Funding & Tenders Portal (F&T Portal). All proposals must be complete and submitted before 26 January 2021.