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We are now distributing grants from the Patient Organisations Recovery Fund. Applications to this fund closed in March 2021.


"Step Up!" the AstraZeneca Young Health Global Grants Programme aims to extend the reach and impact of AstraZeneca’s investment in young people’s health.  

It builds on the success of the Young Health Programme and enables a wider range of applications to be considered from NGOs, non-profits and other charitable organisations seeking to innovate and scale their impact in relation to young people’s health and wellbeing. It is aligned with United Nations SDG3 (health and wellbeing) and seeks to fund innovative appraoches to improving young people's health.


We aim to:

  • Learn about what really works
  • Have a positive impact on the young people involved in the projects and the communities that they serve
  • Increase investment in and understanding of health and wellbeing initiatives for young people

And to generate:

  • Case studies and other evidence of promising approaches
  • Opportunities for future collaboration and investment

To achieve this we are seeking grant applications for projects which:

  • Focus on health promotion and non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention in young people
  • Are aimed at people younger than 30
  • Have opportunities for youth involvement and leadership
  • Demonstrate innovation and can be scaled up
  • Are diverse

Focusing on unmet local needs, this opportunity will see increased reach across new and existing markets, whilst testing and learning about new approaches.

The grants programme aims to achieve its intended impact through funding new ideas, focusing on understanding challenges and creating interventions that catalyse change.  Priority will be given to applications that are led by or involving young people, which demonstrate potential to innovate and grow in scale.  We expect projects to focus on one or more of the following:

  • Exploring challenges and opportunities to explore, define and understand social needs
  • Generating ideas
  • Developing and testing ideas areas
  • Making the business case 


Step Up! has been set up to fund charitable organisations with innovative proposals to meet social needs in relation to young people’s non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention or health promotion.  Grants of up to $10,000 will be made in 2019, with the aim of creating a diverse portfolio of initiatives from which to learn about promising approaches to social innovation and change. 


The fund is open to non-profit and charitable organisations supporting youth-focused projects on either non-communicable disease (NCD)  prevention or wellbeing.

Further information and guidance is available here.

Projects must be completed during 2020.


  • Are well thought through, with realistic and easy to measure outcomes
  • Identify or meet new or unmet needs
  • Are in low-income and middle-income countries, and countries where AstraZeneca has no community investment activity
  • Are led by young people
  • Engage AstraZeneca employees
  • Engage external stakeholders
  • Move from ideas into action
  • Are innovative
  • Have the potential to grow, scale up and access other forms of funding


  • Individuals
  • Organisations that:
    • Discriminate on the basis of religious or political belief
    • 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 bank details or report back on outcomes
    • Are non-charitable
  • Initiatives already funded through the Young Health Programme or "Step Up!"
  • Projects that provide treatment or pay for medicines
  • Projects that benefit AstraZeneca’s commercial business
  • Applications for over US $10,000
  • Organisations applying for funding for more than one year
  • Funding for projects that have already taken place


The year two grant round is now closed.

Those who have applied will be notified of the outcome by 31 October 2019.

If you have any questions on the application process, please contact the CAF Grantmaking team on 03000 123334 or email