The qualifying criteria includes:
 
· The applicant must have attained the age of eighteen (18) years at the time of application;
· Require the grant for business start-up or growth;
· Are youth (18-35 years) with necessary skills, experience or; with the potential skill appropriate for the enterprise that they conduct or intend to conduct;
· Are South African citizens and are resident within the borders of South Africa;
· Are involved in the day-to-day operation and management of the business;
· Require grant from NYDA of not less than R1, 000.00 and not more than R200, 000.00;
· Require grant from NYDA of not less than R1,000 and not more than R200, 000 within the following thresholds:
 
​Threshold ​Type of business ​Grant Amount ranges
Threshold 1​ Idea generated and survivalist (start-ups)​ ​R1000 - R10 000
​Threshold 2 ​Starts-ups PTY and cooperatives ​R10 001 - R50 000
​Threshold 3 ​Growth Stage PTY and cooperatives ​R50 001 - R100 000
​Threshold 4 ​Expansion stage PTY and cooperatives  ​R100 001 - R200 000
 PLEASE NOTE: For agriculture and technology-related projects, the maximum threshold is R250 000
 
· Operate either informally or formally; generally recognised as micro enterprises (e.g. street traders, vendors, emerging enterprises);
· Have a profit motive and are commercially viable and sustainable;
· Members of entities should comprise 100% South African youth citizen;
· Business are operating within the borders of South Africa;
· Individual entity must have bank account and or a young person must be assisted to open an account; and
· For cooperatives they must have or be willing to form a group of minimum 5 persons.
Upon approval of grant, if applicant is employed full time, he/she may be required to resign from employment and provide grant officer with proof of resignation;