Call for Proposal – PYEI National Youth Service Programme for non-profit making entities in South Africa

National Youth Service Programme

Call for Proposal – PYEI National Youth Service programme for non-profit making entities in South Africa

The NYDA and the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund are pleased to announce the opening of the Presidential Youth Employment Intervention (PYEI)’s National Youth Service programme funding round. Proposals from non-profit making entities that can participate in the delivery of the National Youth Service programme are welcome.

Through the National Youth Service (NYS) programme, young people will be engaged in Community Service activities in the first year of implementation. This will be progressively scaled up over a 5-year period. The primary aim of the NYS programme is to mobilise young people to become active citizens of the country’s democracy, while earning an income and increasing their employability. The purpose of the Community Service activities as envisaged for the NYS programme is also to enhance service delivery efforts and improve the lives of marginalized communities.

Successful applicants should demonstrate how principles of youth development are included in the delivery of Community Service rather than as separate training programmes. While the Presidential Youth Employment Fund (PYEF) expects applications for the implementation of the NYS to be tailor made and context specific, to be recognized as part of the Presidential Youth Service, programmes must:

  • Target young people aged 18 – 35;
  • Provide a minimum of 16 hours per week of active Community Service in order to allow youth to engage in other opportunities – and to       reach more young people at scale;
  • Meaningfully benefit the community in which they take place and be completed to a high standard;
  • Facilitate personal growth, values, and an ethos of citizenship;
  • Recruit and enrol young people through the National Pathway Management Network (and associated platforms such as

For the NYS programme, the following priority Community Service activities have been identified: Surveys and Digital Mapping, Sports and Recreation, Arts, Culture, Entertainment, Learner Support Programmes, Social Support Services, Solidarity and Care, Early childhood development/Early Learning, Food security, Child nutrition, Community Works, Revitalization, and Greening programmes. Click here to download product brochure.

Please take note that the initiative is not limited to the Community Service areas identified above.

How to qualify for funding
The funding round is open to Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) or Non-Profit Companies (NPCs) who meet the eligibility criteria outlined below. Project partners must demonstrate an understanding of the objectives of the youth service and the capacity to plan, implement and manage a project of the size and nature proposed. Successful applications/ initiatives should at least display the following characteristics

  • Must be a Non-profit Organisation as defined by the Non-profit Organisations Act 71 of 1997 (the NPO Act); or a Non-Profit Companies       (NPCs) as defined in Schedule 1 of the Companies Act.
  • Must have been registered as an NPO/ NPC (NGO, CBO or FBO) with the relevant department (e.g. Department of Social Development)       for at least 2 years (all requisite certificates and proof of registration will be required).
  • Must be in full compliance with administrative requirements (including Tax Compliance Status);
  • Must have audited Annual Financial Statements (AFS) covering at least 3 years.
  • NPOs/ NPCs must have existing funding contracts that secure at least 50% of existing business over next 1 year.
  • Must have a verifiable track record of at least three years technical experience in the area of interest.
  • Must demonstrate capacity to immediately engage at least 3,000 youth (aged 18 to 35) in Community Service activities for a 6-month       period during this current financial year with an option to scale-up in years 2, 3, 4 and 5 (through additional funding from the PYEI to be       allocated via subsequent scale-up funding rounds).
  • Must be able to enrol, onboard and ensure that beneficiary youths have a bank account, and monitor their activities using both manual/       paper-based and electronic platforms (the NYS programme may or may not provide the IT platform but applicants will be required to       demonstrate the capacity to procure and utilise a basic desktop computer and smart devices such as tablets and smartphones.
  • Must demonstrate capacity and robust operating systems to pay stipends to at least 3,000 youth. Such systems, including those to       manage a monthly payroll (including UIF issues) at the scale proposed for the NYS programme will be assessed during the Due Diligence       stage of the application process.

Please note, smaller NPOs/ NPCs are encouraged to collaborate and form consortiums meeting the minimum requirements.

For more information on the National Youth Service eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit the Jobs Fund website:

Alternatively, please contact NYDA on:

Tel: 0871586345 / 5738

Email: [email protected]

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