It is hoped a new £50m fund will help struggling young people cope with major challenges in their lives.
Young carers, juveniles with learning disabilities and youths at at risk of falling out of education or work are all expected to benefit from the multi-million pound scheme, according to the Big Lottery Fund.
Grants of between £100,000 and £600,000 will be available to community or voluntary projects that can enable those aged between eight and 25 to change their lives.
Frank Hewitt, chairman of the Big Lottery Fund in Northern Ireland, said: "We want to fund great projects that increase their skills and confidence, and support them to have stronger relationships so they can cope better with the challenges they face and reach their full potential.
"We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact this money will make."
The funding programme called Empowering Young People will remain open for six years.