Local Solutions to the Pandemic Recovery

Global Youth Mobilization (GYM)

GYM is a movement of young people taking action to improve their lives now and in a post-COVID-19 world.

Supported by the world’s largest global youth organizations, World Health Organization, and United Nations Foundation, Global Youth Mobilization aims to address the negative impact of the pandemic on young people and support them to build back better.

The Award is proud to be a founding member of the GYM.

Local Solutions

The Local Solutions project initiative is a call to all young people, regardless of background or location, to submit their solutions to the health and societal COVID-19 challenges facing young people and their communities today, and to receive funding to turn these ideas into reality. To date the GYM has received more than 1,600 Local Solutions applications from 70 countries.

Youth-led solutions to the pandemic recovery are at the heart of the Global Youth Mobilization. And so, we’re investing more than $2million in young people: in their ideas, their innovations, and their futures.

This direct funding is available in four tiers – from $500 through to $5,000 – and designed for individual young people, informal groups, and youth-led community groups.

All funding applications are judged and decided on by other young people and experts on juries appointed by the Global Youth Mobilization.

A year on since we launched the Local Solutions, we have funded 183 projects in 41 counties. You can learn more about the projects and young people who have been making positive change helping their peers and communities during COVID-19, by visiting globalyouthmobilization.force.com

But we’re not stopping there.

Now, we’re inviting even more young people and youth-led grassroots organisations (including local chapters/organisations of the bigsix.org), to submit their ideas and receiving funding to make them happen.

Funding is granted on a range of themes, including:

  • Covid-19 prevention/protection measures and vaccination
  • Addressing the impact of education disruption
  • Improving employability
  • Improving metal or physical health
  • Providing access to the internet and/or digital innovation
  • Empowering young people to lead in their community
  • Combating the impact of domestic violence and gender-based violence
  • Other – projects will need to define a link to the negative impact of the pandemic on young people

Submit your application using the form below. You must be between 14 and 30 to submit an application, and you need to have:  

  • A reference from an adult 18+.
  • A breakdown of how you plan to spend the funds.
  • A named adult if you are under 18.
  • A short video explaining your project (optional, but highly encouraged).
  • For Tiers 3 and 4: Please attach Government documentation of organisational status (CBO, NGO, Non-profit, 501c3 status, etc.)


Applications will be reviewed on a three month rolling cycle. There is no deadline to apply. The application platform will stay open for requests as long as funds are available.

A small number of these local solutions will also be selected for upscaling and replication through an accelerator program.

No matter how big or small the idea, we encourage you to have the confidence to apply for funding. All you need to do is complete a short application form setting out your idea, what you want to achieve with the funding and upload a short video explaining why you should be awarded the funding.

Good luck!

Find out about our National Projects here.