AstraZeneca’s Young Health global grants programme funds youth-focused non-profits to help them develop and deliver effective health promotion programmes – especially in under-resourced and marginalized communities in low- and middle-income countries.

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-centered 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 aim to:

  • Have a positive impact on the young people involved in the programmes that they support and the communities that they serve
  • Learn about what really works in youth health promotion
  • Increase wider understanding of health and wellbeing initiatives for young people

And to generate:

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


Priority will be given to projects that:

  • Demonstrate a response to the ‘new normal’ of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Operate in low- or mid- income countries, as defined by the World Bank
  • Are run by non-profits with an annual income of less than US$1 million
  • Utilize technology and digital health solutions
  • Address health disparities
  • Are inclusive, addressing the needs of vulnerable young people and especially those with limited access to education
  • Focus on NCD risk behaviours such as tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, the harmful use of alcohol, and exposure to air pollution
  • Aim to engage other stakeholders to make a wider difference in the world

Funding Information

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 marginalized communities’ worldwide, taking account of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Who can apply?

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

What can be funded?

They are seeking grant applications for projects which:

  • Take place in under-resourced and marginalized 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).

They are acutely aware of the likely effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on organizations that we would like to support and the communities that they serve. They are particularly open to supporting non-profits that are finding new ways of working with this ‘new normal’ and to projects that link COVID-19 and the prevention of NCDs.

For more information, visit Charities Aid Foundation.

Name of the Organisation
Charities Aid Foundation
Grant Amount
USD 10,000
Closing date of Proposal
Monday, 12 October, 2020
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