How can we solve health and environmental equity?

sdg3 2024



How can we solve health and environmental equity? 


Through the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3, we will be granting US $50,000 to a small, innovative, youth-led non-profit organisation which aims to solve the climate and health challenges facing young people today. In addition to the grant, the winner will also receive a fully-funded Scholarship to attend the 2024 One Young World Summit in Montreal, Canada, as well as mentorship by AstraZeneca and inclusion in a development programme through the YHP’s Impact Fellowship.


What we are looking for: 

  • A young leader (aged 18-30) working for, or leading, a non-profit organisation with drive and determination to make the world a healthier place for people.*
  • Innovative solutions that have the potential to be scaled-up.
  • Non-profit projects that aim to close the equity gap by helping marginalised young people access greater healthcare, while incorporating elements of environmental sustainability and/or stewardship.
  • A locally-led, rights-based approach, which focuses on vulnerable and marginalised youth.
  • Focus on local and/or national advocacy approaches that aim to engage with decision-makers and policy-makers to influence positive legislative change.

We invite a wide range of ideas, which could range from developing youth climate advocacy capability and health awareness, promoting carbon-friendly solutions to address health equity issues, support climate-health entrepreneurship, targeting food waste and enabling healthy diets, and beyond.


*Most delegates are between the ages of 18 and 30. The selection committee will consider applications from those who are older than 30, pending demonstration of appropriate personal impact, initiative, and willingness to engage. 

Application Deadline: 21 March 2024



Challenge criteria


Aligned: Evidently aligned with the SDG3 challenge. See ‘About'.

Youth-led: Founded by a person aged 18 – 30.*

Focused: Well-structured time horizon, identified key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.

Proven: Solution is readily available, being piloted, implemented, or scaled

Impactful: Solutions must have a positive social impact, for example, generating educational outcomes, employment opportunities, or developing skills.

Measurable: Solution’s impact on society must be adequately measured and/or measurable.

Financially viable: Must be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.

Scalable: Potential to grow impact after expanding in scope or size and/or into other regions.


Applicants must be able to propose a 6-12 month project that: 

  • Identifies and explains barriers young people (aged 10-24) experience in relation to accessing healthcare in your community. This could include, but is not limited to, health literacy and awareness, access, experience, or outcomes of healthcare.
  • Proposes an innovative solution to this problem and clearly demonstrates how it will positively impact equitable access to healthcare for young people (aged 10-24). 
  • Is designed and delivered in an inclusive and non-discriminatory way, working with marginalised, under-served or vulnerable young people. 
  • Considers and prevents any detrimental environmental impact that could arise. Projects that have a positive impact on the environment will be prioritised. 
  • Explains how it will be delivered in a way that will produce a benefit to the target beneficiary group. 
  • Is measured and can demonstrate impact. Organisations must provide an end-of-year and end-of-grant report including, but not limited to, the total number of young people reached directly, change/improvement over time, lessons learned and impact. 
  • Begins after September 2024 and will be completed by November 2025.  


Projects that do any of the following are not eligible for funding: 

  • Discriminate or primarily promote political or religious viewpoints to their beneficiaries. 
  • Use the funds to make grants or financial donations to other organisations or individuals. 
  • Provide medical training to healthcare professionals or other members of the community. 
  • Be primarily a medical course/s. 
  • Provide bursaries, tuition, scholarships or feeds for an existing course. 
  • Provide treatment, promote medicines, provide medical advice or pay for medicines. 
  • Benefit AstraZeneca's commercial business. 
  • Last more than 12 months. 
  • Have already taken place or are planned to start before September 2024. 
  • Be funded more than 50% by another source. 


If, after selection, the screening and verification process determines that the organisations do not meet the eligibility requirements as outlined, they will be unable to receive the Grant, and the individual's participation in the YHP Impact Fellowship and OYW Summit may be withdrawn. 


*Most delegates are between the ages of 18 and 30. The selection committee will consider applications from those who are older than 30, pending demonstration of appropriate personal impact, initiative, and willingness to engage. 



  • Nationals of all eligible countries may apply for this scholarship.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a positive impact related to leading climate/health equity projects benefitting youth (aged 10-24).
  • Access to the internet and a device (computer, phone) that will allow them to participate in live, online Fellowship sessions – this will not be provided to Fellows.
  • Proficiency in English (speaking, reading, writing) 
  • Ability to fully participate in-person, at the One Young World Summit (18 - 21 September 2024) in Montreal, Canada. 
  • Ability to commit to a one-year Fellowship program and attend at least 75% of modules/activities. 
  • Ability to lead and manage the implementation and reporting of the non-profit project funded through the Fellowship. 
  • Applicants must be founders or leaders of registered non-profit organisations that meet the following criteria: 
    • Have been registered and operational for at least three full years. 
    • Have had a total reported income in the last financial year of more than USD$100,000 and less than USD$2,000,000.
    • Are 'funding-ready' and able to provide appropriate documentation (in English) to AstraZeneca's grant-making partner at the Charities AId Foundation to verify their organisation's charitable status, governance and financial situation. This process usually takes 3-6 months to complete and will begin once Fellows are selected. If the required documentation is unavailable, it may impact the ability of the organisation to receive the grant, and the Fellowship may be withdrawn. We aim for all grants to be dispersed by September 2025 and project to start between September 2024 and March 2025. All projects must end by November 2025 with the final impact report delivered to AstraZeneca by December 31, 2025. 



The winning solution will receive:

  • Scholarship to participate in the One Young World Summit 2024
  • A US$50,000 grant from AstraZenea. 
  • 12 months of mentorship from a team of AstraZeneca professionals and partners. The mentorship team will work to accelerate your solution based on the needs of your initiative or organisation, such as:
    • Business strategy
    • Best practices for data collection
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Product design

The winning individual and their solution will also benefit from: 

  • Access to Networks: Participation in the 2024 One Young World Summit and Ambassador Network and access to an Alumni group of other young changemakers who are all passionate about youth health. 
  • Access to Development: Structured learning and development offerings to enable you to scale your impact, including both self-directed and live learning. This includes access to the One Young World Academy, an award-winning mini-MBA programme, and professional training. 
  • Access to Funding: All Fellows will be expected to manage a community project to improve youth access to healthcare in their community. The selected organisation will receive a US$50,000 grant to support this effort. 



  • 21 March: Application deadline.
  • 8 May: Winners will be notified.
  • 22 May: Acceptance paperwork deadline. Upon selection, candidates will be invited to sign the acceptance paperwork. This will include individual acceptance of the applicant's participation at the One Young World Summit in person in Montréal and the organisation's acceptance of the terms and conditions of the grant.
  • 18 - 21 September 2024: One Young World Summit