Type of Funding





The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program is inviting young leaders in Southeast Asia to submit applications for the YSEALI Seeds for the Future 2019 Grants Competition. The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. It provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region, across the program themes of Civic Engagement, Education, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development.

Two members from each team that is selected to receive YSEALI Seeds for the Future 2019 grants will be required to attend a kick off workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia, to learn valuable skills, improve their project plans, and meet fellow grant recipients. All projects should be implemented after the kickoff workshop and the performance period will be February 2019 to October 2019.


The maximum amount of grants that will be awarded is US$15,000 per project.


Applicants must be registered YSEALI members who are citizens of 1 of the 11 YSEALI member countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam. Applicants have to be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a project that addresses at least 1 of the following themes:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Education
  • Economic Growth and
  • Sustainable Development

Teams will be selected to receive a small grant to implement a project in 1 or more of the YSEALI member nations. Projects that involve more than 1 country are encouraged. Each team must have at least 3 members, and each applicant team must designate a Project Leader, a Project Secretary and a Project Treasurer.

U.S. Citizens are not eligible.

A successful project proposal is one that is feasible, reproducible, and scalable, which will make a tangible difference in a local community and impacting at least 1 of the 4 abovementioned YSEALI themes.


Applications are to be done online by 30 November 2018.


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