The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) announced the first Seeds for the Future grants competition, and the grants application process will open onJuly 15 and run until August 1. Applicants are expected to find team members and develop proposals for submission. Grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to initiatives addressing the four YSEALI themes of economic development, environmental protection, education, and civic engagement in ASEAN. The winners will be announced in early September. All YSEALI members who have registered on the YSEALI website http://yseali.state.gov/ can participate. To be considered a YSEALI member, applicants must be between the ages of 18-35 and be a citizen and resident of one of the ten ASEAN member nations (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam).
Grant applicants need to be:
- Iinterested in developing a project idea
- Live in an ASEAN country
- Between the ages 18-35 years
Conditions for the grant are as follows:
- Competition opens July 15 and closes August 1;
- Two team members must be alumni of U.S. government programs;
- Two ASEAN countries must be represented (team members who are citizens and residents of an ASEAN country);
- Project must take place in at least two ASEAN member countries;
- Do good work across ASEAN. Plan for public service project to take place in at least two ASEAN member countries.
Grant applicants must be a YSEALI member and alum to submit a proposal online. [Note: Other team members can comprise non YSEALI and non-alumni.] The grants webpage will go live on July 15.
Twitter chats with knowledge experts will be held to help grants applicants develop their ideas.