Applications call for Step Up! Young Health Global Grants Program
Candidates are particularly interested in work to reduce risk behaviors in youth that can lead to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as mental health and neurological conditions, cancers, diabetes and heart, and respiratory diseases. Through the COVID pandemic, Step Up! will prioritize projects that can be delivered effectively while respecting public health guidance on social distancing and community containment.
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Step Up! Young Health Global Grants Program of up to US$ 10,000 to help small, innovative, youth-focused, and youth-led nonprofits to deliver health promotion messages effectively in under-resourced and also marginalized communities worldwide, taking account of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- The fund is open to registered NGOs and non-profit charitable organizations mangaing 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 that have been funded previously by AstraZeneca are welcome to apply, but not for the same project that was previously supported.
To be eligible for funding, projects must:
- Take place in under-resourced and marginalized communities.
- Be targeted at, and substantially led by, young people aged 10-30.
- Also, be focused on health education and/or promotion.
- Show innovation in approach, settings, or implementation.
- Furthermore, provide evidence at the conclusion of the project of what has been delivered and learned.
Projects will the following features will have preferences
- Demonstrate a response to the ‘new normal’ of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Operate in low- or lower-middle-income countries as defined by the World Bank.
- Are run by non-profits with an annual income of less than US$1 million.
- Are run in collaboration with other organizations.
- 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 behaviors 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.
Visit the Step Up! site for more information.