Grants Competition

What is it?
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. Projects cover one of the four YSEALI themes:

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

2021 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition
The 2021 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants competition is closed.
Read about the 2021 YSEALI Seeds Grantees here. For more info go to

Frequently Asked Questions
You can find frequently asked questions here.

These webinars will help you shape your YSEALI Seeds for the Future proposals:
Constructing an Application

2020 YSEALI Seeds for the Future - Projects of the Month

The YSEALI Seeds for the Future Small Grants Competition awarded 25 projects in 2020 as part of its sixth YSEALI Seeds cohort. Check out the projects here and on YSEALI’s YouTube.

This project is connecting Vietnamese high school students to lead the gender equality movement through an incubation initiative. Read more. 

Play Naturally is connecting Bruneian youth with nature and indigenous communities of Tasek Merimbun, an ASEAN Heritage Site, through a conservation theater program. Read more.

#GrowASEAN is activating a new breed of farmers in the Philippines by training them in digital agriculture. Read more.

INpaktu Youth Timor Leste project believes that through their project, not only that they will help the youths to come together for greater impact, but it will also improve the grassroots scenes as well as contributing to the capacity for sustainable developments of the country. Read more.

This project helps Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) community in Sabah improve their vocational projects by equipping them with skills in digital technology and pitching. Read more.

This project is reducing hunger and food waste in Davao City through an online platform that connects farmers and restaurants with charities and communities in need. Read more.

Buzz Talk Cambodia is breaking the stigma on LGBT+ in Cambodia through constructive dialog and storytelling by aspiring journalists. Read more.

This project is leading youth-driven impact accelerator for innovative ideas on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) to combat children stunting and mortality in East Kalimantan. Read more.

SULUT Semangat project is improving conservation education in North Sulawesi by creating fun teaching materials and engaging capacity building opportunities. Read more.

This project is training Indonesian teachers to promote eco-consciousness and providing small grants to help incorporate environmental issues into their curricula. Read more.

This project is promoting literacy in Papua by providing Bahasa Indonesian phonics program as a fun and comprehensive reading method suitable for all learners. Read more.

This project is educating high school students in Vientiane about emerging technologies to prepare them to become future tech entrepreneurs and inventors. Read more.

This project helps the people of Bangkok build resilience and overcome mental barriers through guided one-on-one mental exercises in a co-creative space. Read more.

This project is providing academic mentorship and equipping high school students with soft skills necessary for the labor market to improve economic conditions in low-income communities in Penang, Malaysia. Read more.

This project creates online learning opportunities for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to grow their talents, succeed in the global market, and improve Indonesian economy. Read more.

This project promotes inclusive workspaces in Indonesia by empowering jobseekers with disabilities and supporting prospective employers with educational materials. Read more.


This project improves social inclusion and creating career opportunities for deaf people in Mekong Delta through sign language teaching. Read more.

This project teaches people in the Philippines how to start a business through an online app anywhere, anytime, and with any budget. Read more.

This project provides accurate information on reproductive health education and rights for youths in low-income communities in Myanmar. Read more.

This project empowers female Vietnamese students to become leaders in their future workplaces through mentorship programs, public lectures, and seed funding for small projects. Read more.

Bridging communities in the Philippines in shaping and sharing developmental stories through journalism and service-learning. Read more.

This project connects native English-speaking volunteer teachers with Vietnamese students for online, one-on-one, free English lessons. Read more.

This project matches micro-education courses with full time and freelancing job opportunities through an online platform, aiming to upskill the workforce in developing countries. Read more.

This project taps into the collective talent of university students around the Philippines to solve government challenges in procurement through technological innovation. Read more.


This project empowers self-learners from Myanmar to improve their English through an app-based interactive contextual learning. Read more.

2019 Grant Recipients
Read the announcement here.

2018 Grant Recipients
Read the announcement here.

2016 – 2017 Grant Recipients 
Read the announcement here.

2015 – 2016 Grant Recipients
Read the announcement here.