One Young World has launched the first global fund for young leaders working on the front lines of COVID-19. The fund is the first of its kind for young leaders who are addressing the impacts of COVID-19 and is supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and United Way.
The Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund is established to fund initiatives from young leaders around the world which are directly battling the Coronavirus pandemic with tangible front-line results.
From producing face masks and providing hand sanitizer in remote areas, to provide tech to community health workers, to ensuring refugee communities can access government health advice – the Covid-19 Young Leaders Fund welcomes a variety of solutions from all walks of life.
One Young World believes that young leaders are part of the most connected, informed, and resourceful generation in human history. Their capacity for innovation, understanding of digital tools and high levels of social responsibility make them a powerful actor in addressing any humanitarian challenge, especially this pandemic.
Young leaders get results – activities led by the One Young World Community alone have directly impacted 26 million people since 2010.
You should apply for funding to ensure that your work can be completed safely and efficiently. The average grant size distributed by the CYLF is $6,000 USD. This aim is to ensure the Fund can support a number of initiatives and impact various, vulnerable communities all around the world. One Young World recommends that you apply for between $2,500 – $10,000 USD. This may change as the fund develops, we will look at each application closely to maximise the Fund’s capabilities.
- Focused on the SDG’s with a clear connection to combatting Covid-19, for example:
- SDG 3: producing medical supplies to tackle the infection or symptoms of the virus
- SDG 4: providing resources to disadvantaged children to support the continuation of education during school closures
- SDG 5: protecting victims of domestic violence during lockdown
- SDG 6: providing sanitation resources to help prevent the spread of the virus
- SDG 8: creating work for unemployed persons in vital sectors
- All countries around the world
- Producing direct, quantifiable impact
- Apolitical in nature
- Impacting >500 people directly
- Focussed on assisting the most vulnerable in society
- Operational (or ready to start within 3 weeks of application submission)
- Founded and/or managed by young leaders (aged approximately 18-35)
- Applications must be submitted in the English language to be reviewed
- Operating in accordance with WHO’s scientific guidance
One Young World undertakes a careful and detailed review of all applications before any funding decision is made to ensure that they are supporting high quality projects. Your initiative will be assessed based on One Young World’s UUU Criteria:
One Young World will prioritise initiatives which can use the funds to generate positive impact with immediate effect. Depending on the scale of the funding, initiatives should aim that:
- Outcomes will be achieved within ten days of receiving funds
- Outcomes will be achieved within one month of receiving funds
One Young World will prioritise initiatives which can use the funds to impact the maximum number of people to the greatest extent. Depending on the scale of the funding, initiatives should aim that:
- Funds will be used to help 1,000+ people
- Funds will be used to help between 500 and 1,000 people
One Young World will prioritise initiatives which can use the funds to support the most vulnerable in society. Depending on their scope, initiatives should aim that:
- Funds will be used to help a group that suffer systemic discrimination
- Funds will be used to help a group with >50% living in poverty
1. Submit your Application
The proposal must be submitted within the deadline specified in the advertisement of the call for application and filled in via the official application form. This includes a request for the following information:
- “Business” Plan – set out the organisation and initiatives background, objectives, structure and methods
- Budget Plan – set out a clear plan of how you would use the funds
- Documentation to verify the legal status of your initiative
- Contact details for 2 references
- Images/Video to document the initiative’s impact to date
During the process, you will be asked to request a funding amount, for which you should provide an accurate breakdown of proposed expenditure. One Young World recommends requesting between GBP 2,500 – GBP 10,000. This size of grant is designed to ensure that the fund can support various projects, helping people all over the world, maximising the reach and impact of the support.
Please note that your proposal is considered submitted only once you receive a message of confirmation of receipt, typically sent within one working day of completing the form.
2. Selection of Proposals
After the submission deadline, One Young World will select the best proposals eligible for the next upcoming round of funding. One Young World fast tracks projects led by One Young World Ambassadors who have received prior analysis and participated in due diligence processes. Initially successful applications will be contacted for further information, and to finalise details of the grant within 3 weeks after the submission deadline.
PLEASE NOTE: During this stage, One Young World may require additional information from you to verify the documents and statements you submitted under Step 1. Please make sure to regularly check your email inbox and spam folder, as One Young World cannot accept any delays in submitting additional information.
3. Notification of Result
One Young World will notify you directly via the contact details you have provided if your application has been accepted.
Applications which are not initially successful may be considered for later rounds of funding therefore will not receive a rejection email at this stage.
One Young World will also request essential financial information to begin the procedure to transfer the grant. If you do not provide said information, the funds cannot be released, so please respond promptly.
4. Approval and Implementation
Upon confirmation of funding, initiatives will be announced on the website, using the information submitted during the application process, and updated during the monitoring and evaluation process.
Successful applicants will be expected to submit key information in line with One Young World’s Monitoring and Evaluation process.
Additionally, initiatives and information gathering during the implementation phase will be used as part of One Young World’s Impact Reporting, scheduled for the beginning of September. There will be additional media, networking and mentoring opportunities for grant recipients.