Grants & Funding


Apply for AstraZeneca’s Global Grants Programme, provided by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme, for small youth-focused non-profit organizations

Deadline: 21 July 2021

The Step Up! Global Grants Programme, provided by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme, empowers small, youth-focused non-profit organisations to make change happen by enabling them to increase their impact and operate at a greater scale.

Over the last three years, Step Up! has provided over $400,000 in grants to support organisations to develop and deliver effective health promotion programmes – with an emphasis on under-resourced 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. Innovation is needed in order to face up to the climate and health challenges facing young people today.This year, we are looking to support projects which promote environmental sustainability while at the same time reducing NCD risk factors among young people.

Grants available

Grants of up to US $10,000 will be awarded to support the delivery of approximately 20 projects which:

climate projects

Reduce NCD risk factors for young people while combating climate change through sustainable environmental solutions

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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.

In addition to the funding, Step Up! grantees will be invited to join AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP) Alumni Group. This offers learning and development opportunities, as well as networking between StepUp! grantees and 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.

Who can apply

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. 

We 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.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to support every organisation that applies and we will choose those projects which most closely fulfill the priorities listed below.

Step Up! Priorities

Step Up! always receives a high number of applications and we are unable to support all eligible organisations which apply. In selecting applications, we 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 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

We will select projects at a range of different innovation stages.

See FAQs for further details.


  • are not registered as charitable
  • were established and registered after 1 January 2019
  • discriminate or primarily promote political or religious viewpoints to their beneficiaries
  • use the funds to make grants or donations to other organisations or individuals
  • are unable to supply appropriate documents including charitable registration, governance and financial documents and personal details of trustees/directors
  • are already funded through the Young Health Programme or StepUp!
  • provide treatment, medical advice or pay for medicine
  • benefit AstraZeneca’s commercial business
  • last more than 12 months
  • have already taken place or are planned to start before February 2022

important: Before you apply

We anticipate a very high demand for this programme, and unfortunately we will not be able to fund all organisations

Please ensure that you have read the programme details above carefully before deciding whether to apply.


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

Following a thorough selection process, we 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.

Reporting on your project and use of the grant

If you receive a StepUp! grant, we want to understand what has been achieved during your project and find out more about your innovative approaches to these health and environmental challenges. We are interested in both what has gone well and what has not worked. We will ask you to provide:

  • a receipt for the funds received
  • a basic progress report and how many young people have been involved (in December 2022)
  • after the end of your project, a detailed report on what you have done, the difference you have made and what you have learned.

How to apply

  1.  Click on the button below to begin a new application
    Start a new application today
  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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