Astrazeneca Step Up Grant($10,000)! - the Young Health Global Grants Programme 2021

Astrazeneca Step Up Grant($10,000)! - the Young Health Global Grants Programme 2021

Do you have an innovative idea for a youth-focused sustainable health initiative? We want to support your organisation to promote youth health and environmental sustainability in your community.


Each year, 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 health.


This year, they 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.


Worth of the Grant:

This grant is worth $10,000 USD



  • The fund is open to registered charitable organisations with strong experience of delivering effective projects which make health and environmental improvements in young people’s lives.
  • Organisations must be ‘funding-ready’ and able to provide appropriate documentation (in English) to verify their organisation’s charitable status and financial situation.
  • They will support organisations from under-resourced communities worldwide. These are likely to be in low-income or lower-middle income countries or settings.
  • Organisations which have been funded previously by AstraZeneca are welcome to apply, but not for the same project that was previously supported.


Eligible projects:

They 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.


Project Prioritization:

In selecting applications, they 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


Application Deadline

The application form will be available for completion between 9 June and 21 July 2021.


Following a thorough selection process, they aim to notify all applicants whether they have been selected for a grant in November 2021. All selected organisations must then complete due diligence/verification with CAF. For more details of the documents needed for this, please see FAQs below. You will also complete a simple authorisation process for AstraZeneca before the grant can be confirmed and payment made.


Projects should not be scheduled to start before February 2022.


Method of Application

  1. The application form can be saved and revisited on an ongoing basis. It does not need to be completed at one time. Click on Start a new application today to begin application

  2. Log in to CAF’s online grant making portal, or register if you have not previously used it, with your email address and a password.

  3. Complete a short series of eligibility questions.

  4. After successfully completing the eligibility questions, you can then access the full online application form to answer questions about your organisation and project.

  5. Submit your application by Wednesday 21 July (midnight, in your timezone)

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