Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Local solutions to the pandemic recovery

Youth-led solutions to the pandemic recovery are at the heart of the Global Youth Mobilization. It is essential that structures are put in place to harness the surge of youth-led activism, creative solutions, passion and commitment seen since the start of the pandemic. This is why we are investing more than $2million in young people: in their ideas, their innovations and their futures.

This is a unique and world-first open 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.

Local Solutions are a direct investment in young people for their innovative ideas that tackle a specific COVID-19-related challenge in their local communities. These will be judged and decided on by young people and experts on juries appointed by the Global Youth Mobilization. Funding will be available in four tiers, from $500 through to $5,000.

We invite individual young people, informal groups and youth-led grassroots organizations to submit their ideas and solutions to COVID-19 response for the opportunity to receive direct funding to implement their idea. A small number of these local solutions will also be selected for upscaling and replication through an accelerator program.


A year on since we launched the Local Solutions, we have funded 183 projects in 41 counties. Learn more about the projects and young people who have been making positive change helping their peers and communities during COVID-19. Applications for Local Solutions funding are open for our final funding cycles, submit your idea by the end of April for review in May!

Funding themes

Funding will be available across a range of issues that have been impacted by the pandemic, including:

COVID-19 prevention/protection measures and vaccination

Addressing the impact of education disruption

Improving employability

Improving mental 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

Who can apply

Any young person between the ages of 14 – 30 can apply. The core requirement is for a truly innovative and impactful idea that has the potential to impact the individual or community around them.

Applications for funding must be inclusive and from an individual young person, an informal group of young people or a local / grassroots youth-led organization (including local chapters/organizations of the Big Six). To be successful, applications must be innovative and address the negative impacts of COVID-19 and related societal challenges and be aligned with the WHO’s recommendations on COVID-19 public health measures.

The Local Solutions platform is powered by The Global Youth Mobilization is grateful for their generous support.


The application platform will be accessible to all young people, with online and offline forms available and accessible in six languages initially. Simple, easy to complete forms including video uploads will be utilized to ensure that the application process is as open and accessible as possible.

Further details on the application process, portal and accelerator program are coming soon – watch this space!