Youth sector organisations comprise:
- youth organisations
- organisations with youth activities
- organisations engaging in youth work
- youth work service organisations.
National youth sector organisations implement the objectives and principles of the Youth Act across the country.
Provisions on eligibility for government aid of youth sector organisations and the allocation of aid are contained in both the Youth Act (1285/2016) and the Government Decree on Youth Work and Youth Policy.
The organisations are evaluated on the basis of their planned and actual activities. The evaluation criteria include pursuing activities with a national scope, the quality and scale of the activities, societal impact and financial management.
Pursuant to the Youth Act, the government-appointed Youth Sector Subsidy Committee makes proposals to the Ministry on both the eligibility of organisations and the allocation of funds.