Every year UNODC is able to promote drug use prevention and youth empowerment in many countries around the world, thanks to the work and generous donation of the Drug Abuse Prevention Center (DAPC), based in Japan. The youth from DAPC mobilises communities and raises funds that they donate to the UNODC to support youth centred activities to prevent drug use in low and middle income countries. This initiative is truly from youth, to youth, for youth!

Since 2012 every year UNODC has been awarding small grants to youth organizations working in low and middle income countries. The aim is to empower youth to take more active roles in supporting the health and wellbeing of their peers, helping them to initiate and scale up concrete activities and to connect youth groups working in prevention, health promotion and youth empowerment via Youth Initiative.

With these grants young people and youth organizations have successfully implemented prevention and awareness-raising activities in their schools and communities, guided by the International Standards of Drug Use Prevention. The activities range from photographic exhibitions, radio shows or street theatre to training school teachers on social and emotional skills, parents on good parenting practices, out-of-school youth on income generation, or peer educators on how to scale up prevention efforts in their schools and communities.


The grants are awarded based on a criteria, summarized in this document, together with the instructions on how to apply. The call of proposals for 2018 had expired 13 July 2018.