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Global fund for youth to tackle effects of covid-19

20 March 2020

Peace First has launched a round of Rapid Response Grants to address COVID-19, open to young people aged between 13 and 25.


Tackling inequalities


With the WHO declaring a global pandemic, communities are having to take social distancing measures to prevent the spread of the virus. This makes it much more than a a public health challenge and highlights the deep inequalities in communities with a potentially disastrous effect on mental health, trust in institutions, and the economic security of billions of people.


Secondary effects of virus 


Recognising the need for people to come together and support each othe, and to take action as a global community, Peace First has launched a rapid response grant process. The aim is to help young people around the world lead projects that address community impacts of COVID-19, from providing meals to elderly neighbours to launching digital mental health campaigns to support youth feeling isolated. The global fund will support youth (13-25) anywhere in the world who want to create projects to deal with the secondary effects of the virus, such as social isolation, xenophobia, etc. More information can be found at the Peace First website.  


Sharing on social media

If you are interested in getting involved in sharing this campaign on social media and within your own community, Peace First has created a social media tool kit.  


Peace First

Peace First is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping young people around the world to become powerful peacemakers by investing in their ideas; providing them with tools and skills; connecting them with other inspiring young people around the world; and sharing their stories and impact with the world. Peace First provides immediate funding, mentorship and scaling resources (including larger sums if needed), responding to young people’s creativity. The organisation is always looking Peafor support - financial and otherwise - and the input of motivated young people. For more information about how to become more involved, go to the Peace First website


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