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The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program is inviting young leaders in Southeast Asia to submit applications for the YSEALI Seeds for the Future 2020 Small Grant 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. 

Applicants have to form teams to submit their proposals – there is no minimum or maximum number of members on the team. The strongest proposals will generally have different people in each of the 3 leadership roles of Project Leader, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Two of the 3 team leaders (Project Leader, Secretary, or Treasurer) will attend a kickoff workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia at the end of January 2020 on project management. All projects should be implemented after the kickoff workshop and the performance period will be February to October 2020.


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 abovementioned 4 themes.

Teams will be selected to receive a small grant to implement a project in 1 or more of the YSEALI member nations. Projects do not need to involve more than 1 ASEAN country, but the strongest proposals will offer solutions that can be replicated in more than 1 region. The project does not need to include members from more than 1 ASEAN country but the strongest proposals will encourage cross-border collaboration.

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 31 October 2019.

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