Each year the AstraZeneca Step Up! programme awards up to $10,000 to organisations with a charitable purpose that are stepping up to the challenge of improving the health of young people. The deadline for applications for this year’s grants has just been extended to 22nd July 2019 – so if you have a great idea to improve youth health and you fit the criteria please apply now.
In 2018 fifteen grants totalling about $150,000 were awarded – you can read about some of the projects that received grants here.
There are a few entry requirements: for example projects should target people under the age of 30 and should focus on health promotion and/or non-communicable disease prevention. Projects could aim to tackle a range of behaviours like the programme in Cameroon or be focused more on a particular challenge such as SADAG’s work on mental health in South Africa.
Your project may still be at the research stage or you may be trying it out for the first time in the field, alternatively like the Uganda Child Cancer Foundation you may be seeking to extend an existing programme into new areas or users. The idea is to help you to make the next step up for the programme - and ideally record what you have learned, both good and bad, so that you can share it for the benefit of other practitioners.
Projects in low and middle income countries are particularly welcome, as are those that involve external stakeholders and especially if they provide opportunities for AstraZeneca employees to volunteer to support the work as, for example, they do with the YHP in China.
Applications for this funding round must be received by 22nd July 2019, so if you want to get your project moving in 2020 please apply now.