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2021 YSEALI Seeds for the Future
October 21, 2021

Looking for ways to make an impact in people’s lives and empower the ASEAN community? Do you have an innovative solution that could be the answer to a current challenge in your region, but need guidance and financial resources? 

The 2022 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative’s (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future grants competition could make your vision a reality.  

The U.S. Mission to ASEAN, with implementing partner Cultural Vistas, is pleased to announce that the YSEALI Seeds for the Future program is now receiving applications for a 2022 grant competition. 

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YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. The competition, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides funding of up to $15,000 each for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries, and the region in one of four YSEALI themes: Civic Engagement, Economic Empowerment and Social Entrepreneurship, Education and Environmental Issues. 

In 2022, YSEALI Seeds for the Future intends to expand from this year’s grantees, who have successfully administered 26 projects, including eco-system advocators from Indonesia, sustainable urban agriculture enthusiasts from Vietnam and peacebuilders equipping Philippine’s youth with skills for sustainable change throughout all 10 ASEAN member states and Timor-Leste. The application deadline is November 11, 2021 at 11: 59 PM (UTC+07 Jakarta Time). 

To be eligible, you must be a registered YSEALI member aged 18 to 35 from one of the 10 ASEAN nations or Timor-Leste. Applicant teams of at least three members must submit a detailed proposal, budget, and other supporting documentation. Projects that involve more than one country are encouraged. 

To learn more about preparing a successful YSEALI Seeds application, join our series of three weekly webinars in October and November. 

For more information, visit ysealiseeds.org and follow YSEALI Seeds on social media to learn more about the 2021 grantees and to begin preparing your applications for this year’s competition. 

Webinar 1  

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

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 


Webinar 2 

October 27, 7 p.m. (GMT+7:00 Jakarta) 

Your YSEALI Seeds Theme and Budget 

This second webinar in the series will touch on developing your unique brand within one of the YSEALI Seeds themes — Civic Engagement, Education, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development. We will also discuss what goes into creating smart and trustworthy budget for your project. 

Register here to join  

Webinar 3 

November 3, 7 p.m. (GMT+7:00 Jakarta) 

Ask YSEALI Seeds Grantees 

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 2020 YSEALI Seeds winners. 

Register here to join