Step Up! provides grants of up to US$10,000 to help small, innovative, youth-focused non-profits develop and deliver effective health promotion programs – with an emphasis on under-resourced and marginalized communities in low- and middle-income countries.
This year, the YHP Step Up! Grants Programme is searching for projects that:
- Strengthen health systems;
- Improve equitable access;
- Develop the next generation of healthcare leaders;
- Prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among young people.
- Grants of up to $10,000 USD to approximately 20 organizations.
- Opportunity to join AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP) Alumni Group once the successful applicants have 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.
- Opportunities to share your work with global audiences, and masterclasses on fundraising and digital skills to build effective health promotion programs.
To further its commitment to gender equity, in 2022 it will award 50% of grants to projects which are women-led (either one person or a group of people with the majority being female/identifying as female), with a preference for young women leaders (18-35 years old).
- Open to registered non-profit or charitable organizations with strong experience in working with young people to increase awareness of NCD risk factors and NCD prevention strategies.
- Organizations must have been registered and operational for at least 3 full years, and have had a total reported income in the last financial year of more than USD $50,000 and less than USD $1,000,000.
- Organizations must be ‘funding-ready’ and able to provide appropriate documentation (in English) to verify their organization’s charitable status, governance, and financial situation.
- They will support organizations from under-resourced communities worldwide. These are likely to be in low-income or lower-middle-income countries or settings.
- Organizations cannot apply for the grant
In selecting applications, they will prioritize a project if it:
- aims to prevent NCDs among young people.
- empowers young healthcare leaders to address the primary risk factors – tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and exposure to air pollution – that contribute to NCDs.
- also, develops the knowledge and capacity of future healthcare leaders (under 35 years old) through NCD prevention education. This might include working with medical students, community health workers, caregivers, or young people following a healthcare career pathway.
- is sustainable
- in addition, is working to improve equitable access for diverse members of the community.
- can show existing partnerships at a local level which will lead to strengthened local or national health systems.
- is run by an organization with the income and capacity to deliver a grant of this size.
- moreover, is structured to provide evidence at the conclusion of the project of what has been delivered, outcomes for young people, and what has been learned in preventing NCDs.
- You need to upload a copy of your governing document as well as most recent annual financial accounts (both in English) with your application. If successful, you must supply further information for due diligence/ verification checks.
- You should also apply and provide documents and reports in English. Documents translated using free online translation tools are acceptable.