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
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2021 YSEALI Seeds for the Future - Projects of the Month

The YSEALI Seeds for the Future Small Grants Competition awarded 26 projects in 2021 as part of its seventh YSEALI Seeds cohort. Check out the projects here.

This project believes in a post-COVID education system that centers around technology-enhanced and student-centered approaches that offer flexibility and a more personalized learning environment.  Read more. 

This project aims to support young leaders from four provinces in Laos with six-days project management skills training to build strong teamwork. Read more.

This project aims to mobilize youth’s engagement in the formulation of the Executive Budget Proposal (EBP) for the fiscal year 2022 in Vietnam. Read more.

This project aims to tackle food waste using the three pillars of sustainability: reducing food waste (environment) by engaging multiple sectors of the Bruneian community (society) and creating opportunities for local businesses through food upcycling projects (economy). Kilang ReRoot focuses on efficient management in every stage of the food cycle, with an emphasis on waste recovery to prevent food waste from being dumped in landfills. Read more.

Project Kayamanan provides online peer financial coaching sessions to public senior high school students in the Philippines as well as individual coaching sessions for students with families needing personal financial advice. Project Kayamanan seeks to impart fun, simple, creative, and interesting financial education to high school students so that they can teach what they learn to their fellow peers. Read more.

This project aims to develop IT knowledge in orphanage residents in South Jakarta, Indonesia. The vision of PantiCT is represented in the motto ‘level up your skill and promote yourself to reach the infinity world’. With three respective programming sessions, ‘level up’, ‘promote up’, and ‘reach infinity’, PantiCT provides tech-based training with professional mentors and company visits to get the orphans interested in basic IT skills, introduce innovation challenges, and showcase the program results. Read more.

This project empowers young leaders in the Philippines to reduce the harmful impacts of natural disasters and create climate resiliency in their communities. Read more.

Seeds for Mindanao’s Advocacy on Youth Leadership or SMAYL helps young peacebuilders in the Mindanao region create sustainable change. Read more.

The Green Dots is a project team based in Vietnam that brings practical greeneries to urban settings through a pilot community garden and participatory activities. Read more.

This project creates agency among Malaysian senior citizens by implementing mobile literacy classes that empower their use of technology and encourage them to be independent. Read more.

This project increases transparency surrounding mental health in Vietnam. Read more.

The Yowana Subak team is creating cultural pride among youth in Bali, Indonesia through ancestral land cultivation methods and farming practices. Read more.

Bebas Sampah ID’s project mission is to build a youth-led participatory waste management platform in Indonesia. Read more.

This project creates an entrepreneurial foundation in order to strengthen the economic resilience of rural Filipino youth during COVID-19. Read more.

This project teaches valuable business skills to ASEAN youths through remote tertiary student consulting programs. Read more.

This project provides local Bornean women with the skillset to become ambassadors for preserving their native lands in Indonesia. Read more.

This project based in Myanmar that fosters the creative expression of underprivileged Myanmar youths to provide them with academic and career opportunities. Read more.

This project connects tech talent with change-makers to bridge the digital divide in Southeast Asia. Read more.

This project raises awareness of ecosystem services for local youths through marine resource management in Karas, Indonesia. Read more.

This project brings literacy and advocacy for social and ecological justice to the indigenous community in the Tengger National Park area. Read more.

This project empowers Indonesian teachers to create a psychologically safe learning environment. Read more.

This project bridges the gender data gap in Thailand through storytelling. Read more.

This project activates the Local Youth Development Council in the Philippines through civic education. Read more.

This project helps youth in Myanmar gain essential financial skills needed to build better futures by creating a powerful financial education platform. Read more.

This project provides vital information regarding water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for vulnerable communities in Myanmar through a mobile application. Read more.

This project empowers youth towards environmental stewardship through football and experiential learning in Timor-Leste and the Philippines. Read more.

2020 Grant Recipients
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2019 Grant Recipients
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2018 Grant Recipients
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2016 – 2017 Grant Recipients 
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2015 – 2016 Grant Recipients
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