Confronted with one of the highest unemployment rates worldwide and coupled with a poor quality of education and a high dropout rate, South African youth are facing surmounting challenges identifying, securing, and sustaining meaningful employment. The dual issues of a high unemployment rate and poor quality of education highlight the tremendous need for programmes that create jobs, offer workforce education and develop employment skills to ensure a brighter and productive future for South Africa.
The TK Foundation introduced its grant programme to South Africa in 2012 and currently provides funding in excess of R41 million to ten organisations throughout the country.
The TK Foundation will continue its work in addressing the needs of youth in South Africa with the introduction of The TK Foundation South Africa Youth Development Fund 2016. A total of R15 million has been committed to supporting organisations working in the following areas:
- Improving youths’ educational achievement;
- Preparing youth for succeeding in the workforce;
- Providing support services to youth; and
- Promoting youth leadership skills.
These programmes must be effective, opening access to opportunities and helping prepare beneficiaries aged 15-25 to become self-sufficient.
Granting decisions will be announced in the final quarter of 2016 and funding will commence in 2017. Grant awards will range between R900,000 and R4.5 million over three years.
Details on the grant programme, including funding criteria, timeline and application process can be found in The TK Foundation South Africa Youth Development Fund 2016 guidelines document (PDF).
Applications for The TK Foundation South Africa Youth Development Fund 2016 are now closed.
Phase II applicants can download the Programme Budget template here (MS Excel).
For more information on The TK Foundation South Africa Youth Development Fund 2016, please contact Heather Cooper at +27.82.823.2744 or firstname.lastname@example.org.