Apply! Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3: Tackling Air Pollution

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One Young World, a global forum for young leaders, is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3 to Tackling Air Pollution for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet.

The 21st century has witnessed two defining challenges namely; climate change and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with each posing significant threats to health and sustainable development.

While climate change is behind many disasters occurring all over the world, air pollution is single-handedly responsible for the premature deaths of more than 7 million each year, including more than 5 million caused by NCDs related to air pollution.

In view of this, the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3, supported by AstraZeneca, is seeking innovative, youth-led projects which tackle the causes of air pollution and focus on the long-term health of young people.

Are you a young person passionate about innovative solutions that can help combat pollution? Irrespective of the country you reside in, you may apply for the challenge.

Your project should focus on the following areas of interest:

  • Individual behavior change, new technologies, or multi-stakeholder advocacy approaches to change laws/policies.
  • Sustainable solutions which can be scaled up to be implemented in other communities
  • Projects should focus on cities or communities with high levels of air pollution or pollution-related illness. A preference will be given to projects which operate in a low- or lower-middle-income country or setting.
  • Projects should also focus equally on tackling air pollution (indoor or outdoor) and its link to long-term health.

The winning project will be given:

  • A US$50,000 grant from AstraZeneca Young Health Program.
  • A 12-month mentorship from a team of AstraZeneca Young Health Program professionals, helping to accelerate their solution based on the needs of their initiative or organization, including:
    (a) Business strategy
    (b) Best practices for data collection
    (c) Monitoring and evaluation
    (d) Product design
  • Participation in the One Young World Summit 2022 in Tokyo. Flights and accommodation included.
  • Visibility and promotion by AstraZeneca’s Young Health Program and the One Young World team
  • Access into AstraZeneca’s Young Health Program (YHP) Alumni Group.

The YHP Alumni Group offers learning and development opportunities and networking between Grantees as well as young leaders who have received YHP Scholarships.

Eligibility criteria

To qualify for the Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3, ensure that your project aligns with the purpose of the competition.

Your project must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be founded and led by a person between the ages of 18 – 30.
  • Be well-structured time horizon, identify key stakeholders and beneficiaries, and include proposed outcomes that are reasonable and well thought out.
  • Have product/service already in the market or ready to go to market.
  • Have a positive and measurable social impact, creating legislative change or measuring behavior change.
  • Have the potential to perform as well or better after expanding in scope or size and/or being transported to other regions.
  • Be able to achieve efficiency and to survive independently through the resources they generate and/or the investments and donations they attract.

In terms of location, note that preference will be given to projects which operate in a low- or lower-middle-income country or setting.

Projects should also focus on cities or communities with high levels of air pollution or pollution-related illness.

Additional criteria

To be eligible for this grant, the funding must be payable to a registered non-profit organization that is accountable for delivering the project.

Projects cannot incorporate treatment of medical conditions or the promotion or prescription of medicines but should instead focus on the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviors and the prevention of disease.

The project must be delivered by a registered non-profit organization that is able to pass due diligence and verification checks. This will include documentation to ensure the projects meet legal requirements on international charitable donations.

Interested applicants must complete this stage before the grant payment is made. To complete this process, you’ll need the following documents:

  • A copy of your organization’s governing document (eg articles of incorporation);
  • A certificate of charitable registration in your country, most recent annual financial accounts;
  • A bank statement from the last 3 months as proof of your organization’s bank account;
  • Details of your Trustees/Directors’ full names, residential addresses, and dates of birth.

Click here to apply for the 2021 Lead2030 Challenge for SDG 3.


Submission of project closes on Thursday, September 23, 2021.

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