AstraZeneca Step Up! Young Health Global Grants Programme 2020 (Up to US$10,000)

AstraZeneca Step Up! Young Health Global Grants Programme 2020 (Up to US$10,000)

Deadline: October 12, 2020

The AstraZeneca Step Up! Global Grants Programme is now open for applications for health promotion programmes running from 2021 to 2022. Step Up! provides grants of up to US$10,000 to help small, innovative, youth-focused non-profits develop and deliver effective health promotion programmes – with an emphasis on under-resourced and marginalised communities in low- and middle-income countries.

Projects that work to reduce risk behaviours in youth that can lead to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as mental health and neurological conditions, cancers, diabetes and heart and respiratory diseases in later life are of particular interest.

Through the COVID pandemic, Step Up! will prioritise projects that can be delivered effectively while respecting public health guidance on social distancing and community containment.


StepUp! provides grants 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 marginalised communities worldwide, taking account of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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


They are seeking grant applications for projects which:

  • Take place in under-resourced and marginalised 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 organisations 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.

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
  • Utilise 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


Before you apply, please ensure that you have read the programme details above carefully before deciding whether to apply. Is your project eligible and suitable for this programme? Do you already have all the documents needed for the verification checks? They anticipate a very high demand for this programme, and will not be able to fund all organisations which apply. 

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit AstraZeneca Global Grants.