Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future Grants Competition (up to $15,000)

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future Grants Competition (up to $15,000)

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds For the Future Grants Competition 2019 is now open. YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. The competition provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region.

Are you passionate about the future of ASEAN? Do you have an idea of how to make a positive change in your community, but are in search of mentorship and financial assistance to make it happen? The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative’s (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future Grants Competition can help turn your ideas into action.

The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Mission to ASEAN.

All projects should be implemented after the kickoff workshop and the performance period will be February 2019–October 2019. All projects must address at least one of the four core YSEALI Themes of:

  1. Civic Engagement
  2. Education
  3. Economic Growth
  4. Sustainable Development.

Two of the three team leaders (Project Leader, Secretary, Treasurer) will attend a kickoff workshop in Jakarta, Indonesia at the end of January on project management.


All projects are eligible for up to $15,000 in funding


  • All participants must be 18-35 years old, be registered members of YSEALI, and be from one of the 11 YSEALI nations
  • ALL applicant teams must include only citizens from one or more of the following nations: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Vietnam
  • Teams will be selected to receive a small grant to implement a project in one or more of the YSEALI member nations. Projects that involve more than one country are encouraged.
  • Each team must have at least three members, and each applicant team must designate a Project Leader, a Project Secretary and a Project Treasurer.
Description of Roles:
  • Project Leader: This person is the overall head of the implementation of the project, and will delineate responsibilities to other participants. The project leader leads the discussion about how the project is implemented, and must be committed to regular communication with the rest of the team and the funder.
  • Project Secretary: This person who will compile monthly reports and updates on the project. The project secretary should be adept with social media, and must be organized. Failure to provide up-to-date information about the status of a project could result in loss of funding.
  • Project Treasurer: This person will handle the finances of the program. Funds will be distributed in three separate intervals at percentages of 60% (beginning) 35% (middle) and 5% (end). This person should be trustworthy, organized and have a bank account to receive the funds. And, this person will need to keep all receipts, and detail the expenses paid for with small grant funds.


Please complete the application here, including the essay questions about your proposed project.

For more information, visit YSEALI.