Nigeria Youth Investment Fund

Access up to
N3 Million
Credit Facility

Dedicated to investing in the innovative ideas, skills & talents of Nigerian youths aimed at turning them into entrepreneurs, wealth creators and employers of labour

Nigeria Youth Investment Fund

The Nigerian Youth Investment Fund (NYIF) was set up as an initiative of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) and funded by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to invest in youth ideas to build sustainable businesses that can activate enterprise and increase job opportunities in Nigeria. The fund is dedicated to investing in the innovative ideas, skills & talents of Nigerian youths aimed at turning them into entrepreneurs, wealth creators and employers of labour, contributing to national development.

The plan targets young people between the ages of 18-35 years and details the needed actions required to support business establishment, expansion and consequent employment creation for youth in critical economic and social sectors.

Objectives of the Scheme

Access

Improve access to finance for youth and youth-owned enterprises, for national development

Employment

Generate much-needed employment opportunities to curb youth restiveness.

Training

Boost the managerial capacity of the youth and develop their potential to become the future large corporate organizations.

The NYIF aims to financially empower Nigeria's youth to generate at least 500,000 jobs between 2020 and 2023.

Who Is Eligible?

Individuals / Non-registered Businesses

  • Individual within the age bracket of 18 to 35 years
  • Has a valid BVN and means of ID
  • Provision of Business plan Summary or Completed Questionnaire
  • Entrepreneurship Training Certification from FMYSD Entrepreneurship Development Institutes (EDIs)

Registered Businesses

  • Formal business enterprises (Youth owned enterprises), duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
  • Business plan Summary or Completed Questionnaire
  • Valid Bank Verification Number (BVNs) of Directors
  • Provision of Tax Identification Number (TIN)
  • Entrepreneurship Training Certification from FMYSD EDIs

How it Works

STEP 1

Get Trained

Applicants to attend a compulsory entrepreneurship training with an approved Federal Ministry of Youth & Sports Development (FMYSD) EDIs

STEP 2

Apply for Loan

Successfully trained prospective applicants proceed to NIRSAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB) portal to apply for the loan.

STEP 3

Submit An Application

Eligible applicants submit applications successfully on NMFB’s portal.

STEP 4

Approval

NMFB conducts loan assessment in line with Risk Assessment Criteria and programme guideline, make appropriate decision and forward recommended applications to CBN for final approval.

STEP 5

Disbursement

CBN reviews applications and gives final approval for disbursement to NMFB

FAQ

Interest rate under the intervention is 5% per annum (all inclusive).

Term loans have a maximum tenor of not more than 5 years.

Households: Can access a maximum of N3 million

Loan amount to SMEs shall be determined based on the activity, cashflow and industry/segment size of beneficiary, subject to a maximum of N25 million.

Working capital shall be a maximum of 25% of the average of the previous 3 years’ annual turnover. (where the enterprise is not up to 3 years in operation, 25% of the previous year’s turnover will suffice).

At least, one-year moratorium.

Individual / Non-registered Businesses: Can access up to ₦250,000.00
Registered Businesses (Business Name / Limited Liability / Cooperative Societies/ Commodities Associations): Can access up to ₦3,000,000.00

No, you cannot access this facility except previous CBN intervention loan(s) has been fully repaid.

No, but all assets purchased under the scheme must be registered with the National Collateral Registry (NCR. Also, the Global Standing Instruction (GSI) mandate will be activated to ensure full repayment by loan obligor.

Individual / Non-registered Businesses: Can access up to ₦250,000.00
Registered Businesses (Business Name / Limited Liability / Cooperative Societies/ Commodities Associations): Can access up to ₦3,000,000.00

Visit the nearest approved Federal Ministry of Youth & Sport Development (FMYSD) Entrepreneurship Development Institute (EDIs) or www.youthandsport.gov.ng

No, the NIRSAL approved Entrepreneurship Development Institute EDIs are not eligible to train any applicants under this scheme, except they are listed by the FMYSD.

Yes, a valid Bank Verification Number (BVN) is required.

Any valid means of Identification such as Driver’s license, National ID & International passport.

Yes, the Business/Enterprises must be domiciled and operational in Nigeria.