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NYFF Young Leaders Development Funds 2023/2024 – Apply Here

Nigerian Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) Young Leaders Development Funds 2023/2024 – Apply Here. Applications are now open for NYFF Young Leaders Development Funds. See how to apply below and the requirements.

Nigeria Youth Future Fund(NYFF)

Nigeria Youth Future Fund (NYFF) mission is to strengthen, support and enable young people in Nigeria for youth leadership, activism and social change through outcome-driven policy engagements and inclusive resourcing that will support youth in shaping and supporting medium and long-term national development. More than 70 percent of Nigeria’s population is made up of young people, with estimations of continuous growth in the next few decades.

The Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) seeks grant applications from qualified individuals and organizations for the 2023/24 youth leaders’ development funds. The grant aims to strengthen, support, and promote youth ecosystem building in the country. The grants will be awarded to individuals and organizations working in line with the thematic areas of interest.

The Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) is a five-year collaborative program of LEAP Africa, MacArthur Foundation, and Ford Foundation that seeks to strengthen youth leadership in Nigeria through outcomes-driven policy engagements and inclusive resourcing that help youth shape the future long-term development plans of the country. The NYFF is anchored on three core components which include:

  • An Imaginative Futures Working Group at the national and regional levels to mainstream youth ideas within the long-term planning process
  • Youth Leadership Program: This pillar seeks to build the capacity of young leaders and youth lead organizations while also providing grants for young people/organizations working on the identified thematic areas.
  • Online and Media engagement: The fund seeks to strengthen the voices of young Nigerians through policy advocacy, debates, online campaign, and so on toward the realization of  #theNigeriaWeWant.

Benefits of NYFF Young Leaders Development Funds

Grant Structure

S/N Grant Category Maximum Amount ($) Number of Target Beneficiaries Target Beneficiary Description
1 Small 1,000 60 Individual Young activists with youth development and transformational initiatives.
2 Development 10,000 64 Organizations Grassroots and Community-based Organizations that are Youth-led and Youth Focused.
3 Catalyst 50,000 6 Youth hubs Youth-led and Youth-focused civic and innovation hubs across each region of Nigeria.
Total 130

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Requirements for NYFF Young Leaders Development Funds Qualification


  • The Applicant must be a Young activist (aged 15- 35 years) with a proven track record, working on a Youth development project capable of social change across any of the thematic areas.
  • The Applicant must demonstrate a good understanding and experience in strategic planning, project management, and implementation.
  • The Applicant must demonstrate experience and knowledge of community or team building following principles of honesty and integrity.
  • The Applicant must have genuine means of identification or attached to an institution.
  • The Applicant must provide 3 reputable referees.

Organization Level

  • Applicant must be registered with the corporate affairs commission of Nigeria or any authorized state/local level commission. The evidence of registration must be provided.  Otherwise, unregistered organizations can form a cluster and apply through a registered organization.
  • Applicant must have a physical address, a corporate account with good financial standing, and records
  • Applicants must be open to partnering with the other Youths and the NYFF community when implementing the project.
  • Applicants must have good antecedents and proper track records.
  • Catalyst grant applicants must be civic hubs into Youth-driven activities within the region where the organization is based.
  • Catalyst grant applicants must have partnership capacities in all the states of their geopolitical region.
  • Catalyst grant applicants must have the capacity to support other organizations in the areas of capacity building and institutional strengthening.

How to Apply

Interested Persons should CLICK HERE to apply

  • Filling of Pre-application questions
  • Proposal Submission: Applicants should submit a concept note/proposal, not more than 3000 words, following the stated guidelines and proposal template
    • Section A: This consists of the Individual/organization background, challenges identified, initiatives to be implemented, and scope of work
    • Section B: This section consists of the Monitoring and Evaluation framework showing the expected inputs, outputs, and outcomes of the project
    • Sections C: This section consists of the project work plan, showing the activities to be performed, the timeline, and the budget for each line item.
  • Submission of Organization/individual identification document:
    •  Small/Individual Grant: NIN certificate or equivalent.
    • Organization Grant (Development & Catalyst Grant): CAC registration, Organizational document, and other documents such as certificate of recognition by previous funders, SCUML, etc., in a single PDF.
  • Filling of the Referees’ information: Name, Organization & Portfolio, Phone Number & Email address

For more details,visit the NYFF website

Application Deadline

September 30, 2023

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