NYDA Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund (Grant for youth-owned businesses)

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is inviting young business owners (18 to 35 years of age) whose businesses have been negatively affected by COVID-19 to apply for their NYDA Youth Micro Enterprise Relief Fund. Funding would be kept at a maximum of R10 000 once-off grant, which the young business owners would not have to pay back. Applicants must be South African citizens.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted a lot of enterprises globally and locally. Youth-owned enterprises have not been spared from this. A number of interventions have been announced by government and the private sector to help SMME mitigate the impact of COVID-19. It is therefore appropriate that NYDA should also provide a response for youth-owned enterprises. The NYDA is going to provide a Relief Fund to youth-owned enterprises for a period of three months. This fund is targeted at youth-owned businesses that meet the following criteria:

  • The youth owned enterprise must have been existing and operating for a period of six (6) months prior to the lockdown. Proof of this must be submitted in a form of management accounts (i.e. invoices, orders, etc.)
  • The youth owned enterprises must be able to provide financial statement for three (3) months before the lockdown and statements during the lockdown.
  •  The youth owned enterprise must submit CIPC registration documents except for informal businesses
  • The youth owned enterprise must provide proof of banking details that is not older than six (6) months  
  • Demonstrate how the enterprise has been impacted by COVID-19
  • The relief fund will cover operational costs only
  • The relief fund will be capped at a maximum of R10,000.00 per youth owned enterprise and this will be a once-off amount
  • The application period is from 20 April up to 30 May 2020

      The applicant must provide evidence of the following:

Completed application forms must be submitted via email to the branch or District Office closest to you. Click here to view list of offices.

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