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 Growth, Education, and Sustainable Development.

2020 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants Competition
The 2020 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants competition is open! Deadline is October 31, 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions
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2019 YSEALI Seeds for the Future - Projects of the Month

SMILE (Si Manggis Celebes for Children) is an initiative focusing on empowering children and disabled children to engage with and provide solution for maintaining their oral and dental health through an educational game called Si Manggis Celebes. The project will be held in several elementary schools and special needs elementary schools located in four region of South Sulawesi Province, including Makassar, Tana Toraja, Jeneponto, and East Luwu. In addition, SMILE will carry out a selection of Junior Dental Ambassadors, as well as dental and oral health examinations for children as the continuity of this project. Read more. 

3L Education is a social enterprise organization with a goal to promote standard learning to public and private schools in Myanmar through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) Education Games, as well as providing digital teaching resources and training for the teachers. In this project, 3L Education team will travel to over 100 secondary schools nationwide in Myanmar and advocate to schools’ principles and founders on STEAM related matters. Their professional trainers will be teaching basic computer literacy and STEAM education game to more than 10,000 students. Read more.

The overall goal of the project is to spread awareness on waste management to teachers and students (aged 9-12) from state schools in Myanmar. Improper waste management is a critical issue in Myanmar mainly due to lack of public awareness. In order to help solve this issue, this long- term project will commence with the training of youth trainers who will volunteer to visit the selected schools to conduct interactive education sessions on waste management to teachers and students. It will also consist of follow-up visits and continued engagement with the schools to sustain the project and measure the effectiveness. Read more.

Tune Map project consists of two main activities which are developing mobile-based navigation app for people with visual impairment and #MapMyDay campaign to raise awareness about accessibility. The objectives are to enable visually impaired people to actively take part in society without discrimination and to enjoy independence and good quality of life. Read more.

The Ocean Conservation Training & Outreach – OCTO Mission is one of the creative projects organised under the community outreach and training for the local youth with the goal to bring positive impacts in marine conservation and to nurture good behavioural changes within the communities of Khao Lak, Thailand. The project has a purpose of nurturing and inspiring 22 youth from Thailand into becoming dedicated environmental leaders and can advocate for sustainable tourism. Read more.

The program, also called SNOWBALL, is an Impact Incubation Program with three main activities: Impact Venture Clinic, Social Innovation Workshop, and Social Innovation Incubation Program. Read more.

This project is an initiative sparked by the premise that every individual is creative, regardless of their abilities. The movement aims to bring together diverse creative talents and platform the disability in art, in Southeast Asia. Read more.

The project empowers migrant workers further by creating access to community support, upskilling and educational resources in Malaysia.  Read more.

The project empowers migrant workers further by creating access to community support, upskilling and educational resources in Malaysia.  Read more.

Rugby teams from Laos and Vietnam learn life skills, play sport together, and share experience through cultural exchanges. Read more.

Assisting students across Cambodia in integrating an ICT tool called Tesdopi to their daily learning routine through a series of on-campus workshops, effective learning video tutorials, and behavior-change campaign on social media. Read more.

I Love My Body I Love My Environment is a project initiated by young people in Kupang and Dili who are concern about the environment, especially the ocean around Indonesia and Timor Leste. Read more.

The knowledge and skills transferred through MAKSTED+ will eventually educate the Small-Scale Fisherman (SSF) communities while contribute to increase their livelihood from the poverty. Read more.

The project will transform local youth into young conservationists by providing useful skills to preserve the remaining natural resources.  Read more.

This mapping and training project with young Filipino and Cambodian professionals aim to instill knowledge and skills in mapping national parks and heritage parks of ASEAN countries. Read more.

[E]thical aims to empower underserved youth in Indonesia, to gain the entrepreneurial mindset and confidence to solve issues in their communities and strengthen their region’s economic resilience. Read more

This is a technology laboratory that empowers technical and engineering skills of young leaders to come up with a technology solution for water-food-energy nexus challenges.  Read more

This project addresses the unemployment issues of former juvenile offenders. Work to build capacity for former juvenile offenders to become innovators. Read more

The project aim to equip local students from primary to high schools with English language and personal development programs, empower them to recognize their potentials and challenge themselves to break the poverty cycle to build a prosperous community. Read more

This project put the spotlight on technological approaches in fighting the issue of fake news and disinformation. Read more

TRASHalive 2019 aims to use the visual arts as platforms for raising environmental awareness and gender-based right equality in Cambodia and Vietnam. Read more

2019 Grant Recipients
Read the announcement here.

2018 Grant Recipients
Read the announcement here. More detail about the projects are available here.

2016 – 2017 Grant Recipients 
Read the announcement here. For more information, please go to YSEALI Seeds for the Future website.

2015 – 2016 Grant Recipients
Read the announcement here. More detail about the projects are available here.

2019 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants competition
The 2019 YSEALI Seeds for the Future Grants competition now closed.