AstraZeneca Young Health Programme: Step Up! Grants

The AstraZeneca Young Health Programme, part of AstraZeneca’s sustainability commitment, is a global disease prevention program focused on young people aged 10 to 24 living in vulnerable environments and under-resourced settings around the world that aims to prevent the most common non-communicable diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and mental ill health.

Step Up!, part of the AstraZeneca Young Health Programme administered by Charities Aid Foundation, provides grants of up to $10,000 to help small, youth-focused nonprofits to deliver innovative health promotion projects with an emphasis on under-resourced and marginalized communities in low- and middle-income countries.

In 2022, support will be provided for projects that:

  • strengthen health systems;
  • improve equitable access;
  • develop the next generation of health leaders; and,
  • prevent non-communicable diseases among young people.

Priority will be given to projects that:

  • aim to prevent non-communicable diseases among young people;
  • empower 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 non-communicable diseases;
  • develop the knowledge and capacity of future healthcare leaders (under 35 years old) through non-communicable disease prevention education, including work with medical students, community health workers, caregivers, or young people following a healthcare career pathway;
  • are sustainable;
  • are working to improve equitable access for diverse members of the community; and,
  • show existing partnerships at a local level that will lead to a strengthened local or national health systems.

50% of grants will be awarded 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).

Registered charitable and nonprofit organizations from under-resourced communities worldwide are eligible to apply. These are likely to be organizations in low-income or lower-middle income countries or settings.

Application Procedures

Application guidelines are available on the Charities Aid Foundation website. Applications must be submitted online.