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Apply for Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) Grant Offered by MacArthur, Ford Foundation, 2022


Applications are currently ongoing for the 2022 Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) grant which is co-funded by MacArthur and Ford Foundation, the implementing organization is LEAP Africa.

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This grant is targeted to Nigerian youths (individual level) between the ages of 18-35 and organizational level. Interested candidates or organizations must meet the requirements below:

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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.



The concepts should focus on health issues of the young people such as drug and substance abuse, sexual and reproductive 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


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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.


Organization or Individual background

Organization’s purpose, relevant past experience and previous grant.

(Max: 300 words)


Initiative and idea to be implemented

Detailed proposed initiative and ideas in line with the thematic focus(s) of the specific grants of interest. The narrative should include the following:

  1. ·         Problem Analysis
  2. ·         Project goal and objectives
  3. ·         Key activities/milestones
  4. ·         Effectiveness of approach
  5. ·         Intended beneficiaries
  6. ·         Risks and Mitigation actions
  7. ·         Sustainability plan
  8. ·         Public awareness and dissemination
  9. ·         Gender and social inclusion
  10. ·         (Max: 600 words)


Scope and Duration

The applicant must provide a detailed scope and delimitation of their proposal. Likewise, the proposed duration of implementation should fall within one year from the time of grant disbursement

(Max; 200 words).


Budget plan

The applicant will be required to submit a simplified budget in line with the category of grant applied for, the small grant would be disbursed once (100%) and the other categories of grant would be disbursed in two tranches conditioned to milestone achievements (first tranche 50% and Last tranche 50%). The budget is advised to be structured considering the following:

1.      15% for Operation and Logistic

2.      80% for Concept Implementation

3.      5% for Monitoring and Evaluation



Monitoring and Evaluation plan

This will consist of information on the indicators to measure based on your concept


Attachment of relevant documents

ID card for individual: CAC document, tax clearance certificate, organization identity information for organization



The applicants will provide three qualified and professional referees who can attest to your Individual/organization’s competence to deliver the proposed project (If possible, at least two of the referees should be from an existing or previous donors/partners)


Eligibility Criteria for individual and Organization

Individual Level

·         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.

Organization Level

  1. ·         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.
  2. ·         The organization must have a partnership capacity in all the states in their geo-political region.
  3. ·         The organization must have police clearance, tax clearance and SCUML certificate
  4. ·         The organization must have good antecedents and proper track records.
  5. ·         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.
  6. ·         The organization must have a physical address, corporate account with good financial standing and records

How to Apply Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) Grant

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Good luck!


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