How to Apply for the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund

Over 70% of Nigeria’s population is made up of young people, with continued growth expected over the coming decades.

Given this large number, it is clear that the future development of Nigeria is tied to an educated, skilled, healthy and politically active young population involved in shaping long-term political strategies.

The participation of Nigerian youth in leadership and politics has evolved over time.

From the legacy of active student federalism (1980s), where universities served as venues for intellectual debate and youth expression, to the youth-organized period supported by new media (2010-present), the Nigerian youth ecosystem has seen a revival. Type

The #NotTooYoungToRun campaign (2016-2018) and the significant increase in awareness of youth movements and socio-economic and political indicators in Nigeria are testament to the growing leadership potential of young Nigerians.

Given the myriad of social challenges and political failures that young Nigerians face, they are empowered to lead change at the societal level, to lead powerful institutions, organizations and groups. Are more and more willing to do.

A report by the African Leadership Institute states that “there are many young African leaders but no seats at the table”.

According to the report, around 700,000 young Africans have already reached the level of selective leadership initiatives, meaning that the challenge is to harness the innovation, creativity and potential of these young leaders.

How to Apply for the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund – As seen in recent youth movements and protests, it is clear that young Nigerians are already exploring alternative models of leadership and funding aided by digital technology.

However, some of these movements have exposed gaps in leadership, stability and organization within the Nigerian youth ecosystem.

These include notable methods of dialogue and consensus-building, vague exit strategies, inability to identify intergenerational partners, and limited ability to facilitate long-term engagement with the regime or current political structure.

Moreover, the efforts made by actors in the Nigerian youth ecosystem are still compromised by the priority of working in silos, leading to duplication of effort and volatile results.

Accordingly, Leap Africa, in partnership with the MacArthur Foundation and the Ford Foundation, called for the establishment of the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) to support their work, targeting youth-led movements in Nigeria. Provide financial support and financial support for the creation of an ecosystem for young people. Facilitate learning opportunities locally.

Enter the thematic field

Employment and education applicants should consider youth-led initiatives that aim to support young people in their education and promote employment opportunities.

Such initiatives should be inclusive and goal-oriented activities among young people.

Media, sports and entertainment projects that promote and strengthen youth activities in media, sports and entertainment. Identifying and promoting young media platforms and creative talent should be a priority.

Health concepts should focus on youth health issues such as drug and substance abuse, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and more.

Peacebuilding and security prioritizes concepts that promote cultural unity, peaceful coexistence, armed forces and civil relations, and many more.

ICT and entrepreneurship: ICT-enabled solutions that create value and have a sustainable business model.

Initiatives and ideas on climate change and the environment that address drought and desertification, land degradation, more frequent extreme weather events, affected freshwater, loss of water resources and the biodiversity.

Civic participation initiatives and ideas that help increase youth participation/participation in politics and leadership.

Submission Guidelines

Applicants should submit a concept note/proposal no longer than 2000 words, following the guidelines and proposal template provided.

Eligibility criteria for individuals and organizations

Individual level

  • The grantee must be a young changemaker (aged 15-35) with a proven track record working on a sustainable solution that directly addresses one of the seven thematic areas.
  • The recipient must demonstrate a good understanding of and experience in strategic planning, vision setting and project management.
  • Recipient must demonstrate experience and knowledge of community or team building following the principles of honesty and integrity
  • The Beneficiary must demonstrate talent and passion for new behaviors, standards and actions,
  • The beneficiary must have authentic identity documents or be attached to an institution.
  • The beneficiary must provide a criminal record and provide 3 reputable referees.

Organization level

  • The organization must be an officially registered organization with the Nigerian Corporate Affairs Commission. Alternatively, an unregistered organization can form a cluster and apply through a registered organization.
  • The organization must have a partnership capacity in all the States of its geopolitical region.
  • The organization must have a police certificate, tax receipt and SCUML certificate
  • The organization must have a good track record and a proper track record.
  • Transformational youth-focused, civic and transformational center activities as per grant category, working on sustainable solutions that directly address one of the agreed thematic areas.
  • The organization must have a physical address, a business account with good financial status and records.

Grant categories

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