Apply for Nigeria Youth Futures Fund and benefit from the $5 million fund Grant to fund your project seeded by Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation for 18 -35 years old
LAGOS, Nigeria,13 September 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- Today the Ford Foundation and MacArthur Foundation announced the launch of the Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF), a new $5 million fund that will support and strengthen the youth leadership ecosystem in Nigeria. In close partnership with LEAP Africa, who will be managing the fund, NYFF will build on momentum in the region inspired by the youth-led #EndSARS movement.
Young people under the age of 30 comprise more than 70 percent of Nigeria’s population, with projections that this figure will continue to grow over the next few decades. Given the significant number of youth, researchers have suggested that the future progress of Nigeria is based upon the extent to which young people are educated, skilled, healthy, and active in civic and political processes, including their involvement in the formation of long-term development strategies.
Building on the momentum gained from the youth-led #EndSARS protests against police brutality in 2020 and social movements over the last decade, NYFF will:
- Convene an Imaginative Futures Working Group of young people ages 35 and below at the national and state levels to explore and discuss visions, challenges, and opportunities for Nigeria in 2025, 2030, and 2050 as part of official government vision strategy efforts;
- Support hubs of innovation to advance the development of ideas including economic, civic, and social enterprises by and for young people;
- Create a fund that will provide small- to medium-sized action grants for young activists and anchor organizations at national and sub-national levels; and
- Enable young people to take advantage of social and economic opportunities provided by governments and international agencies through an online portal.
Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability & Professionalism (LEAP) Africa, which will manage and operate the fund, is a youth-focused leadership development nonprofit with a mission to inspire, empower, and equip a new cadre of leaders with skills and tools for personal, organizational, and community transformation. Its youth interventions bridge gaps in effective leadership, education, employability, and entrepreneurship, and awaken civic participation in citizens to demand good governance and creatively address social issues across the continent.
About The Ford Foundation
The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 80 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
About The MacArthur Foundation
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supports creative people, effective institutions, and influential networks building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. MacArthur is placing a few big bets that truly significant progress is possible on some of the world’s most pressing social challenges, including advancing global climate solutions, decreasing nuclear risk, promoting local justice reform in the U.S., and reducing corruption in Africa’s most populous country, Nigeria. In addition to the MacArthur Fellows Program and the global 100&Change competition, the foundation continues its historic commitments to the role of journalism in a responsive democracy as well as the vitality of our headquarters city, Chicago.
More information about the foundation’s On Nigeria program can be found at www.macfound.org/nigeria.
About LEAP Africa
For over 19 years, Leadership, Effectiveness, Accountability, and Professionalism (LEAP) Africa has stayed true to its mission to equip a new cadre of African leaders. LEAP Africa achieves this through its training programmes, research publications, convenings, and most recently, e-learning. Our programme interventions focus on two core thematic pillars—raising talents to actualise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Making Secondary Education Work in Africa. Through all these, our overall objective is to change youth’s mindset, equipping them to lead ethically, motivating them to deliver positive changes in their communities, and building sustainable social enterprises for socio-economic transformation.
Visit www.leapafrica.org for more information.
How to Apply
The Nigeria Youth Futures Fund (NYFF) is a response to the urgent need to provide technical and Financial support to youth-led organizations in Nigeria in order to sustain their work locally and facilitate opportunities for learning. Read More
Applications for the 1st cohort of the Young Leaders Development Fund is now open for the following categories of grants:
Small Grant: $500- $1000 – Targeted at individuals
Action Grant: $1000- $3000 -Grassroot & Community based organizations
Development Grant: $3000-$6000 -Youth-led & Youth Focused Organizations
Catalytic Grant: $ 40,000 -Civic and Innovation Hubs
Women and People Living with Disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
You are eligible to apply if you are a young change-maker (aged 15-35) with proven track record, working on a sustainable that directly addresses any of the following:
Employment & Education
ICT & Entrepreneurship
Climate Change & Environment
Media, Sports & Entertainment
Peace Building & Security
The application portal opens May 18 and closes June 8, 2022.
Free Resources for you here
How to Apply and Win Nigeria Youth Future Fund Grant [Part 1]
How to Apply and Win Nigeria Youth Future Fund Grant [Part 2]
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