Youth Health Programme

Step Up! Grants

Step Up! - the Young Health Global Grants Programme

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.

Climate change and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are two defining challenges of the 21st century, each posing significant threats to health and sustainable development.

NCDs such as mental health conditions, cancers, diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases share common risk factors, including air pollution, physical inactivity, poor diet, excessive alcohol and tobacco use, and mental ill health.

We are particularly interested in innovative projects which work to reduce risk factors for young people that can cause NCDs while at the same time effectively combating climate change through sustainable environmental solutions.

This year, we are accepting applications for innovative, creative approaches which tackle both environmental sustainability and NCD risk factors, primarily targeting young people in under-resourced settings.


Applicants selected to receive Step Up! Grants will be offered the opportunity to join AstraZeneca’s Young Health Programme (YHP) Alumni Group once they have successfully 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. 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.

Learn more about some of our past recipients


Evangelical Social Action Forum

Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) related risk behaviours in young people, in five cities in Kerala (India)

Nada India Foundation

Engagement & Training of Young People as Health advocates for the Prevention of NCDs (India)

Royal Health Awareness Society

Generations Protected 'Tahseen’ (Jordan)


Amman Imman: Water is Life

Community Health Youth Leaders in Schools (Niger)

Breastcare International

Young Ambassadors for Breast Cancer Awareness (YABCA) (Ghana)

Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services NCD Prevention and Control Program

NCD Young Advocates for Prevention (Cameroon)

Children for Health

Identifying positive health actions and implementing health action plans with young adolescents (Mozambique)

Federation of Uganda Medical Students’ Associations

Protection of University Students Against Substance Abuse (Uganda)

Health Healing Network

Tobacco Smoke-Free Schools (Burundi)

Integrated Community Development Initiative

Sports for Health (Uganda)

Mahidol Public Health Association

Our Views, Our Voices, Our People. (Burkina Faso)

Network for Community Development

Say No to Alcohol Abuse among university students (Uganda)

She Writes Woman

Safe Pace Nigeria - a community-based mental health youth centre (Nigeria)

South African Depression and Anxiety Group

iKhanda Mandla: Mind Power for Youth (South Africa)

Uganda Child Cancer Foundation

Strengthening of the 3C Program (Uganda)

U-Tena Youth Organization

The time is now! (Kenya)


Fundación Vive con Bienestar

Bive Live Your 13 Route (Colombia)

Special Olympics Latinoamerica

Unified Generation, Healthy Generation (El Salvador and Mexico)

Valpo Surf Project

A Wave for Change: Surfing for Healthier Lifestyles (Chile)


Top Blokes Foundation

Mentoring Programme (Australia)

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