“Step Up!”: The Young Health Global Grants Programme to extend the Impact of AstraZeneca’s Investment in Young People’s Health

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Deadline: 22 July 2019

Charities Aid Foundation has launched “Step Up!” the AstraZeneca Young Health Global Grants Programme that aims to extend the reach and impact of AstraZeneca’s investment in young people’s health.

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It builds on the success of the Young Health Programme and enables a wider range of applications to be considered from NGOs, non-profits and other charitable organisations seeking to innovate and scale their impact in relation to young people’s health and well being. It is aligned with United Nations SDG3 (health and well being) and seeks to fund innovative approaches to improving young people’s health.

The grants programme aims to achieve its intended impact through funding new ideas, focusing on understanding challenges and creating interventions that catalyses change. Priority will be given to applications that are led by or involving young people, which demonstrate potential to innovate and grow in scale.

Focus Areas

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They expect projects to focus on one or more of the following:

  • Exploring challenges and opportunities to explore, define and understand social needs;
  • Generating ideas;
  • Developing and testing ideas areas;
  • Making the business case.


They aim to:

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  • Learn about what really works;
  • Have a positive impact on the young people involved in the projects and the communities that they serve;
  • Increase investment in and understanding of health and well being initiatives for young people.

And to generate:

  • Case studies and other evidence of promising approaches;
  • Opportunities for future collaboration and investment.

To achieve this they are seeking grant applications for projects which:

  • Focus on health promotion and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention in young people;
  • Are aimed at people younger than 30;
  • Have opportunities for youth involvement and leadership;
  • Demonstrate innovation and can be scaled up;
  • Are diverse.

Funding Information

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  • Grants of up to $10,000 will be made in 2019, with the aim of creating a diverse portfolio of initiatives from which to learn about promising approaches to social innovation and change.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The fund is open to non-profit and charitable organisations supporting youth-focused projects on either non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention or well being.
  • Priority will be given to projects that:
    • Are well thought through, with realistic and easy to measure outcomes;
    • Identify or meet new or unmet needs;
    • Are in low-income and middle-income countries, and countries where AstraZeneca has no community investment activity;
    • Are led by young people;
    • Engage AstraZeneca employees;
    • Engage external stakeholders;
    • Move from ideas into action;
    • Are innovative;
    • Have the potential to grow, scale up and access other forms of funding.

How to Apply

Applicants can apply via given website.

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For further information, please visit https://www.cafonline.org/charities/grantmaking/astrazeneca-young-health-fund

  • Avatar matsawela says:

    hello my name is matsawela kunwane I am the chairperson of a non profit organization based in south Africa do we qualify for the grant

  • Avatar Ayenyo Joanita says:


    Is Uganda legible for this program?

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Ayenyo Joanita,

      Yes, Uganda is eligible to apply. For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Oxana says:

    Hello, is an academic instiution (pedagogical institute of public university) working on reproductive health education for young people, from Kyrgyzstan eligible to apply. Or should there be a cooperation with youth organizations? Thank you in advance!

    • Avatar Ritu at fundsforNGOs says:

      Hi Oxana,

      For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process and more, please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good Luck!

  • Avatar Rose says:

    Grant to educate and test for diabetes in young people- Kenya

  • Avatar Adio, Justine Awarga says:

    Hello! An NGO from Nigeria, west Africa, are qualified for the grant?

    • Avatar Reena says:

      Hi Adio,

      Thank you for your interest in the opportunity.

      This opportunity is open to citizens of any country. You can apply for this opportunity if you fulfil the eligibility requirements. To learn more on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit the link provided at the end of the post.

      Good luck!

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