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YSEALI Seeds for the Future

Application Deadline: November 11, 2022, at 11:59 PM (UTC+07 Jakarta Time).

The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future Program is a small grants competition to support innovative initiatives 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, Economic Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship, Education, and Environmental Issues. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Mission to ASEAN. Cultural Vistas began administering the program in 2017 and will continue through 2024.


To submit a proposal you must be a registered YSEALI member, be from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam, be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a project that addresses at least one of the following themes:

  • Civic Engagement
  • Economic Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Environmental Issues

Application Procedure

To be eligible, all main team-members (Project Leader, Secretary, and Treasurer) must be 18-35 years old, be registered members of YSEALI, and be citizens of one of the 11 YSEALI nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam. All additional team-members are encouraged to become YSEALI members. To register your YSEALI membership, visit the YSEALI website and complete “join YSEALI” section.

To learn more about preparing a successful YSEALI Seeds application, please join the weekly webinar series. Please note, all live webinar times are in Western Indonesia Time Zone.

How to Create a Successful YSEALI Seeds Application
October 20, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta)

In this first webinar we will discuss what makes a great YSEALI Seeds application, what are some mistakes to avoid, and how to stand out from the pool of applicants with your great project idea.
Register here to join

Your YSEALI Seeds Theme and Budget
October 27, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta)

This second webinar in the series will touch on developing your unique brand within one of the YSEALI Seeds themes – Civic Engagement, Economic Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship, Education, and Environmental Issues. We will also discuss what goes into creating smart and trustworthy budget for your project.
Register here to join

Dialog with YSEALI Seeds Grantees
November 3, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta)

Do you want to learn first-hand about the YSEALI Seeds experience? Join this third webinar in the series and prepare to address your questions to our 2021 YSEALI Seeds winners.
Register here to join

Official Website: YSEALI Seeds for the Future



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