Nigeria Youth Futures Fund – More than 70 percent of Nigeria’s population is made up of young people, with estimations of continuous growth in the next few decades. Given this significant number, it is evident that the future growth of Nigeria is linked to having an educated, skilled, healthy, and politically active youthful population that is involved in the development of long-term policy strategies.
The participation of Nigerian youth in leadership and politics has evolved overtime. Coming from a legacy of active student unionism (1980s), where universities served as spaces for intellectual debates and youth expression, to a period of youth organizing aided by new media (2010-present), the Nigerian youth ecosystem has experienced a reawakening of some sorts.
The #NotTooYoungToRun campaign (2016- 2018) and the noticeable increase in youth agitation and awareness of socio-economic and political indices in Nigeria are symbolic representations of the increasing leadership capabilities of young Nigerians.
Given a myriad of social challenges and policy failures that young Nigerians contend with, they have become increasingly poised to lead powerful organizations, institutions and groups, having built capacity from leading change at a social level. The African Leadership Institute report, “An Abundance of Young African Leaders but No Seat at the Table,” points out that Africa does not suffer a lack of young leaders However, many young Africans lack representation in the corridors of power. According to the report, about 700,000 young Africans have already been exposed to a level of selective leadership initiative, implying that the challenge is in harnessing the innovation, creativity and potential of these young leaders.
Nigeria Youth Futures Fund – As witnessed in recent youth agitations and protests, it is evident that young Nigerians are already exploring alternative leadership and funding models aided by digital technology.
However, some of these agitations have made evident some leadership, sustainability and organizational gaps within the Nigerian youth ecosystem. Noticeable among them are weak negotiation and consensus-building methods, unclear exit strategy, inability to identify intergenerational allies, and a limited capacity to facilitate long-term engagement with existing governance or political structures. In addition, efforts by stakeholders in the Nigerian youth ecosystem are still compromised by a preference to work in silos, leading to a duplication of efforts and unsustainable results.
Consequently, LEAP Africa in partnership with MacArthur Foundation and Ford Foundation sought to establish the Nigeria Youth Futures fund (NYFF) to provide targeted capacity building, youth ecosystem building and financial support to burgeoning youth-led movements in Nigeria, in order to sustain their work locally and facilitate opportunities for learning.
Grant Thematic Areas
- Employment and Education The applicants should consider youth driven initiatives that focus on supporting the youth in their education and to spur up employment opportunities. Such initiatives should be inclusive and target result oriented activities among the youth.
- Media, sport, and Entertainment Projects that promote and strengthen Youth activities in media, sport and entertainment. Identification and promotion of youth media platforms and creative talent should be prioritized.
- Health The concepts should focus on health issues of the young people such as drug and substance abuse, sexual and reprodcutive health, mental health and others
- Peace building and Security This prioritizes concepts that promote cultural integration, peaceful coexistence, armed forces and civilian relationship, and host of others.
- ICT and Entrepreneurship: ICT driven solutions that create values and have a sustainable business model.
- Climate change and Environment Initiatives and ideas that address drought and desertification, land degradation, more frequent extreme weather events, affected fresh water, water resources and loss of biodiversity
- Civic participation initiatives and ideas that help increase Youth engagement/participation in politics and leadership.
Guidelines for Submission
Applicants should submit a concept note/proposal, not more than 2000 words, following the stated guidelines and proposal template.
Eligibility Criteria for individual and Organization
- The beneficiary must be a Young Change Makers (aged 15- 35 years) with a proven track record, working on a sustainable solution that directly addresses any of the seven thematic areas.
- The beneficiary must demonstrate good understanding and experience of strategic planning, vision setting and project management.
- The beneficiary must demonstrate experience and knowledge of community or team building following principles of honesty and integrity
- The Beneficiary must demonstrate talent and passion for new ways of behaving, norms and actions,
The beneficiary must have genuine means of identification or attached to an institution.
- The beneficiary must supply a police clearance report and provide 3 reputable referees.
- The organization must be a formally registered organization with the corporate affairs commission of Nigeria. Otherwise, an unregistered organization can form a cluster and apply through a registered organization.
- The organization must have a partnership capacity in all the states in their geo-political region.
- The organization must have police clearance, tax clearance and SCUML certificate
- The organization must have good antecedents and proper track records.
- Youth-driven transformation activities, civic and transformation hub depending on the grant category, working on sustainable solutions that directly addresses any of the agreed thematic areas.
- The organization must have a physical address, corporate account with good financial standing and records.
This grant type is for 6o beneficiaries(Individual)
For 40 Grassroots and Community-based Organization
For 25 Youth-led & Youth focused organizations