Deadline: 22 June 2020
The Public Affairs Section of U.S. Embassy Dili, Timor-Leste announces an open competition for a cooperative agreement to develop and implement a Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Regional Workshop that strengthens Southeast Asia’s blue economy, in Dili, Timor-Leste pending the availability of funding.
YSEALI is the U.S. government’s signature initiative to engage emerging leaders in Southeast Asia. The program aims to create a network of young Southeast Asian leaders who work across national borders to solve common problems. 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 a community of leaders who work across borders to solve shared issues.
This regional workshop on strengthening the blue economy will advance the YSEALI theme of addressing economic and environmental challenges. It also promotes U.S. Embassy Dili’s strategic goal of expanding economic opportunities for Timor-Leste’s youth by working with regional counterparts to create innovative ideas that promote the sustainable economic use of ocean resources. Strengthening Timor-Leste’s blue economy also aligns with the Government of Timor-Leste’s own development goals.
The proposal should include a pre- and post- workshop survey to measure the overall effectiveness of the workshop as well as any changes to the participants’ knowledge of the workshop topic.
YSEALI is open to young leaders ages 18-35 who are both citizens and residents of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries (Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) or Timor-Leste. Responding to priorities from youth in the ASEAN region, YSEALI programs focus on four themes (Economic Growth, Sustainable Development, Education, and Civic Engagement).
- Total available funding: $120,000
- Award amounts: Award may range from a minimum of $75,000 to a maximum of $120,000
- Length of performance period: 6 to 12 months
- Anticipated program start date: April 2021
Participants and Audiences
The recipient will coordinate with U.S. Embassy Timor-Leste and with the U.S. embassies in ASEAN and Timor-Leste to recruit and select 35 participants. Participants will be between the ages of 23-35 and ideally have interest and some experience in marine science, ecotourism, entrepreneurism, natural resource management, community engagement, traditional resource use or other relevant fields.
Priority Region: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Laos, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Timor-Leste.
The following organizations are eligible to apply:
- Not-for-profit organizations or associations
- Non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
- Public and private educational institutions
- Public international organizations and governmental institutions
The proposal clearly addresses the goals and objectives of this funding opportunity
- All documents are in English
- All budgets are in U.S. dollars
- All pages are numbered
- All documents are formatted to 8 ½ x 11 paper, and
- All Microsoft Word documents are single-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, with a minimum of 1-inch margins.
For more information, visit https://tl.usembassy.gov/embassy/dili/grants/