YSEALI Seeds for the Future

Cultural Vistas and the U.S. Mission to ASEAN are pleased to announce YSEALI Seeds for the Future is now accepting applications for the 2020 small grant competition.

Applications are due on October 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM (UTC+7, Jakarta Time)

YSEALI Seeds for the Future is a small grants competition for young leaders in Southeast Asia. It provides funding for the region’s most promising young leaders to carry out projects that improve their communities, countries and the region across the program themes of Civic Engagement, Education, Economic Growth, and Sustainable Development.


Upcoming Webinars

Webinar 1: 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.

October 8, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta) | Click to join Webinar 1


Webinar 2: 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.

October 15, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta) | Click to join Webinar 2


Webinar 3: Dialog with 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 2019 YSEALI Seeds winners.

October 22, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta) | Click to join Webinar 3


Webinar 4: Developing and Implementing an Impactful Project

In this final webinar we will talk about successful models and examples form past participants who made lasting and sustainable impact in their communities. We will also open the floor for all of your last-minute questions!

October 29, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta) | Click to join Webinar 4

FAQ

To submit a proposal you must be a registered YSEALI member, be from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, or Vietnam, be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a project that addresses at least one of the following themes:
  • Civic Engagement
  • Economic Growth
  • Education
  • Sustainable Development
No, however the strongest proposals will offer solutions that can be replicated in more than one region.
No, however the strongest proposals will encourage cross-border collaboration.
There is no minimum or maximum, however, there should be an appropriate number of people in relation to the size and scale of the project. Additionally, the strongest proposals will have different people in each of the three leadership roles of Project Leader, Secretary, and Treasurer.
• A successful project is one that is feasible, innovative, reproducible, and scalable making a tangible difference in any one of the four YSEALI themes.
• Budgeting is one of the hardest and most critical parts of your proposal. You must list all appropriate and applicable costs while remaining cost-conscious and feasible. The most successful projects are realistic in their costs. Please use the budget template from the application to help you get started. Make sure to not include any sustained salaries or large equipment purchase in your budget as those are not within the scope of the YSEALI Seeds grant.
• The award announcement will occur in January 2020, thus, your project should plan to be ten months starting in late January 2020.
If selected, you will receive 60% of your funds after submitting the answers to the follow-up questions based off your initial proposal requested by Cultural Vistas. You will then receive 35% of funds six months later, after submitting your monthly reports and your mid-term report. Finally you will receive the last 5% of the project funds after submitting your final report with project results.
Cultural Vistas will be your point of contact for the entire process and serve as your mentor to implementing your project. Any questions you may have on administration, budgeting, planning etc. Cultural Vistas will work with you. Additionally, Cultural Vistas will provide online mentorship to assist you in different aspects of your project from before, to during, to after the grant has completed.
Projects will be evaluated by Cultural Vistas staff in conjunction with U.S. Mission to ASEAN staff and sent off to a Department of State grants panel for final review and selection.
No, you may be listed only on one 2020 YSEALI Seeds for the Future proposal
Yes, all projects will be encouraged to seek crowdfunding through Generosity.com or other platforms and to seek additional funds through the private sector to create as much impact as possible.
You can join weekly webinars to learn more about different aspects of the application process –
  • Webinar 1
    October 8, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta)
    How to Create a Successful YSEALI Seeds Application
    To join live - https://culturalvistas.zoom.us/j/364075564
  • Webinar 2
    October 15, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta)
    Your YSEALI Seeds Theme and Budget
    To join live - https://culturalvistas.zoom.us/j/620977031
  • Webinar 3
    October 22, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta)
    Dialog with YSEALI Seeds Grantees
    To join live - https://culturalvistas.zoom.us/j/540945103
  • Webinar 4
    October 29, 7:00 pm (GMT+7:00 Jakarta)
    Developing and Implementing an Impactful Project
    To join live - https://culturalvistas.zoom.us/j/365361727

Projects of the Month

Equipping students with English language skills to help build prosperous communities in Vietnam.

eTown

Equipping students with English language skills to help build prosperous communities in Vietnam.




Bringing awareness about fake news and disinformation through the international hackathon in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

#BreakTheFake

Bringing awareness about fake news and disinformation through the international hackathon in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Malaysia.




Bringing environmental and social issues up on the stage in the form of recycling art performances and workshops in Vietnam.

TRASHalive

Bringing environmental and social issues up on the stage in the form of recycling art performances and workshops in Vietnam.




Learn About 2019 Grant Recipients

Myanmar

Support in STEM education for more than 100 public and private secondary schools, and teaching uniquely designed STEM education game to over 10,000 students across Myanmar.

Thailand

A social enterprise aiming to give youth from the Thai juvenile detention centers a second chance.

Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia

International hackathon to bring awareness about fake news and disinformation.

Indonesia

An impact accelerator and technology laboratory aiming to co-create prototype and experiment innovative technology that is scalable and replicable.

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Philippines, Cambodia

Train youth and young professional to map the trails of ASEAN Heritage parks in the Philippines and Cambodia for posterity.

Indonesia

An entrepreneurial Bootcamp for sustainability.

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Vietnam

An initiative aiming to equip local students from primary to high schools with English language skills, while empowering them to recognize their potential, challenge themselves to break the poverty cycle, and build a prosperous community.

Timor Leste, Indonesia

Promote behavioral change in caring for the coastal community of Kupang and Dili through sets of activities on improving personal hygiene as a set stone for improving the environment.

Malaysia

Building a sustainable economic development through the assimilation of local communities with mangrove ecosystem resources.

Malaysia

Empower the 250,000 registered migrant domestic workers in Malaysia with two-fold Upskilling & Community Development Program.

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Thailand

An initiative to encourage and engage a wide audience to be acquainted with social innovation development process and find opportunities using business model as a tool for solving social problems.

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Indonesia

Advancing the local youth to maturity in caring for the sea in East Java, Indonesia.

Philippines

A good governance development program to encourage and support youth participation in the local communities.

Indonesia

Educate children in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, about dental and oral health through a mobile game called Si Manggis Celebes.

Laos

A life skills workshop and rugby competition for young leaders from Laos and Vietnam.

Lao Rugby Federation:

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ChildFund Pass It Back:

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Myanmar

Spread awareness on waste management to teachers and students (aged 9-12) from public schools in Myanmar.

Cambodia

A series of workshop and social media campaign aiming to equip high school students with effective learning strategies for STEM using an ICT tool called Tesdopi.

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Singapore, Indonesia

An initiative aiming to bring together diverse creative talents and create a platform for the disability in art in Southeast Asia.

Ketemu Project:

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Co:Creation Workshop:

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Brunei, Thailand

Academic Fellowship on marine conservation and scuba diving training in Khao Lak, Thailand.

Vietnam, Cambodia

Brings environmental and social issues of Vietnam and Cambodia on stage in the form of recycling art performances and videos.

Indonesia

Navigation app and participatory mapping to empower people with visual impairment.

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About YSEALI

What

Launched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. government’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture an ASEAN community of leaders who work across borders to solve common issues.


Why

Approximately 65% of people in the ASEAN region are under the age of 35. YSEALI is an effort to harness the extraordinary potential of youth in the region to address critical challenges and expand opportunities.


Who

The YSEALI community consists of bright young leaders, 18–35 years old, from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Timor-Leste, and Vietnam who are making a difference in their communities, countries, and the region. Learn more about the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative at yseali.state.gov and join the official YSEALI social media communities on Facebook and Twitter.

The YSEALI Seeds for the Future program is sponsored by U.S. Department of State and is funded through a grant from the U.S. Mission to ASEAN. Cultural Vistas will administer the program through 2020.







Contact Us

For more information, please contact us at yseali@culturalvistas.org.

About Cultural Vistas

Founded in 1963, Cultural Vistas is a nonprofit exchange organization promoting global understanding and collaboration among individuals and institutions. It develops international professional experiences that create more informed, skilled, and engaged citizens. Every year, Cultural Vistas’ 30-plus unique exchange programs empower thousands of individuals and organizations in the United States and more than 135 countries to drive positive change in themselves, their organizations, and society.