June 10, 2023

The Youth Challenge Fund (YCF) application form is now available on our website in both Pdf & Word formats.

How to download Youth Challenge Fund Form

In line with National Youth Policy, the YCF will be providing support to youth start-up businesses/enterprises who meet the criteria:

Click the preferred link format below to access the form and read more regarding the qualifying criteria:

Completed application forms are submitted to

youth challenge fund application form.doc
youth challenge fund application form.pdf

The Youth Challenge Fund (YCF) is for 15,000 qualifying entrepreneurs. It is a youth start-up support programme intended to stimulate the establishment and growth of youth-owned businesses, promote digital skills, grow the economy and foster job creation.

Eligbility Criteria:

  • Age – 18 to 35 years
  • Registered with CIPC and be prepared to register with SARS & UIF
  • 100% SA owned
  • Are adequately involved in the day-to-day operation and management of the business with at least one or more of the members being a fulltime employee of the business, especially the main applicant.
  • Prepared to participate in BDS and mentorship (pre and post)
  • Commercially viable, sustainable and feasible business idea
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