NYDA Funding Application 2023/2024 Form Portal – www.nyda.gov.za

Last Updated on October 24, 2022

Do you wish to apply for the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Funding? Then you have come to the right place.

The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) is a South African-based agency established primarily to tackle challenges that the nation’s youth are faced with.

NYDA Funding Application Form

About The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA)

The institution was established to be a single, unitary structure, established to address youth development issues at the National, Provincial and Local government levels. The existence of the NYDA should be located within the broad context of South Africa’s development dynamics. Like many developing countries, South Africa has a large population of youth, those between the ages of 14-35 represent 42% of the total population.

Given the youthful nature of the South African population, much of the socio-economic challenges faced by the nation, including poverty, inequality and joblessness, poor health are largely encountered by the youth. The gravity of challenges South Africa is faced with, require multi-pronged efforts that simultaneously promote the development of sustainable livelihoods, reduce poverty, inequality and prioritise the development of policies which create an enabling environment for youth development.

The NYDA plays a leading role in ensuring that all major stakeholders such as the government, private sector and civil society, prioritise youth development and contribute towards identifying and implementing long-lasting solutions that address youth development challenges.

The NYDA National Youth Service Programme

The National Youth Service Programme (NYSP) is a government initiative aimed at engaging South African youth in community service activities to strengthen service delivery, build patriotism, promote nation-building, foster social cohesion and to assist the youth to acquire occupational skills necessary to access sustainable livelihood opportunities. The NYDA provides a secretarial function to the National Youth Service, which is the single largest service programme for young people in the country.

What are NYS objectives?

  • To promote social cohesion and build social capital;
  • To instill a culture of service to communities by young people;
  • To inculcate the spirit of patriotism in young people and an understanding of their role in the promotion of civic awareness and national reconstruction;
  • To develop the skills, knowledge and abilities of young people to enable them to make a meaningful transition to adulthood;
  • To improve youth employability.

NYS Model

The NYSP model has the following characteristics: –


Young people get involved in activities and provides various services to their communities which contributes positively and adds value to their learning and personal development. These activities are in line with the national development objectives.

Service Learning

Learning objectives are set for all the participants. All participants are expected to demonstrate a commitment and complete a full year of service in the identified NYS programme.

Character Building & Personal Development

Youth service programme is designed to develop participant’s character and impart leadership skills.

  • Service Preparation: prepares participants to be equipped with the necessary skills and tools to be ready to enrol in the programme.
  • NYSP Aftercare Support: includes the support services provided to young people to enable them to transit to being active and engaged citizens by linking them with opportunities.
  • Mobilization: mobilizing mass participation of young people to provide service

NYS Categories

The NYS model is implemented through application of the following three categories:

Category 1

A youth service comprising of a structured model with accredited learning, community service and linkages with exit opportunities as a core criteria.  This category targets those that are not in education, employment or training.

Category 2

This category is mainly a voluntary service by young people who are about to complete at Higher Education and TVET Training institutions and require practical experience. This also provides them with an opportunity to give back to their communities.

Category 3

Gap year programme for post matric youth who either did not get admission into institutions of Higher Education and Training or voluntary took a gap year to participate in volunteer programmes, as well as young people who are not in Education or took a gap year but willing to provide service.


The National Youth Service Programme is implemented through partnerships with Government Departments, State Owned Entities, Private Companies and Civil Society Organizations. Therefore, recruitment of young people into NYS Programme takes place at project level (where the project site has been identified). Each NYS project will have differing recruitment criteria in line with the established NYS Norms and Standards.

How to Apply for NYDA Programme

For more information and how to apply, visit the official portal: http://www.nyda.gov.za

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