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Thursday, 12 September 2019

APPLICATION PACKAGE FOR CSO/SE: 2019/20 eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN Programme

Applications Due: 30 November 2019

Submit proposal and for further enquiries to:


    The eMpowering Youths Across ASEAN (EYAA) is a partnership programme between Maybank Foundation and ASEAN Foundation that aims to alleviate poverty and improve the social and economic well-being of ASEAN communities through youth volunteerism and social innovation.

    The programme encourages youth from all 10 ASEAN member states to leverage their experiences, knowledge and put their project ideas into action and create meaningful change for the local community in the Southeast Asian region. The programme aims to build the capacity of youth in ASEAN region by providing them with mentorship, regional leadership training, and overseas local community projects. The EYAA programme is supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ASEAN Sociocultural Community Blueprints 2025 and the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016-2020.

    Prior to departure, the selected youth and CSO representatives will participate in a one- week intensive capacity building and orientation workshop to equip the youth volunteers with the required knowledge and skills and to help them make a detailed plan for their two-week community projects. The partner organisation/institution will attend the workshop to help the youth groups with the detailed planning of their upcoming community projects.


    In 2019, 100 youth change-makers were selected from a total of 2,650 applications across 10 ASEAN countries. The selected youth participants were grouped together with 9 other participants from different ASEAN countries and each group were paired with an overseas Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)/ Social Enterprises (SEs) to design the two-week community project in the thematic areas of Community Empowerment, Arts and Culture, Environmental Diversity and Education. The community projects were implemented in 10 community sites in Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia, supported by a total of USD 200,000 project grants.

    The 10 projects were implemented by the local CSOs and SEs as follows:

    Overall, in 2019, the programme impacted 17,827 individuals through the local community projects. In total, 100 Dye trees and 1016 Mangrove seeds were planted, over 9.200 kg of food waste were collected, 47 teachers were equipped with new teaching tools, a new training centre for youth were constructed and 5 permanent water filters were built.

    This programme also was endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Official Meeting on Youth (SOMY) in June 2019 and contributed to the ASEAN Work Plan on Youth 2016 2020.


    The objectives of this Application Package are to provide more information about EYAAP to Civil Society Organisations and Social Enterprises in Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia and one additional ASEAN Member State. Also, this application package informs the benefits of being a part of this programme, the eligibility criteria to apply, and how to apply and the selection process.


    By applying for the programme, the selected organisation will be assigned to one volunteer group. From this partnership, the organisation will benefit in the following ways:

    a. Additional funding for your cause

    • The eMpowering Youth Across ASEAN Programme will disburse 20K USD to all 10 selected CSOs to co-manage the projects with the programme’s participants.

    b. Additional human resources for your cause.

    • 10 youth changemakers across the ASEAN Region.

    c. More exposure on your organisation/projects at the ASEAN level.

    d. Additional credibility for your organisation.


    This programme is eligible for Civil Society Organisations and Social Enterprises that fulfil these criteria:

    1. Must be a registered CSO and SEs in the host country.

    2. CSOs and SEs community project must fall under the following thematic areas: Community Empowerment, Arts and Culture, Environmental Diversity or Education.

    3. Fluency in English, as mentoring, trainings, and general communication during the programme will be fully conducted in English,

    4. Able to attend the one-week regional training from 2 to 9 March 2020 and two weeks overseas volunteering project from 1 to 17 April 2020.

    5. Commitment to continue the implementation of the project sustainability beyond the two-week.

    6. Commitment to mentor the youth from the mixed nationality of ASEAN Member States in the implementation of the community projects.

    7. Possess a bank account with any major bank in Southeast Asia1.


    Overseas local community projects will be located in Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia and the Philippines. Below are the possible themes which the CSO projects should focus on.


    Possible Projects

    Community Empowerment

    Structural improvement, livelihood, financial literacy, entrepreneurship and skills training

    Arts and Culture

    Arts and handicraft project, weaving, theatre and art mentor, teaching music, dance and drama for youth

    Environmental Diversity

    Agricultural business development, organic farmer, support farmers in rural villages, and conservation projects.


    Project that boost the elementary school student’s literacy and numeracy, skills training for teachers, work with special needs children, teaching English for youth.


      To apply for this programme, those who are interested are required to apply online on by 30 November 2019 the latest.


      The ASEAN Foundation will review your applications and will contact you should you be accepted. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to pitch their project to the judges/selection panels and youth. They will be asked to submit the following documents:

      • Official documentation of their formal status as a CSO in the host country

      • Summary of recent Programmes/Activities supported by Pictures

      • A project pitch presentation deck of USD 20,000 which include, but not limited to:

      * Company Background

      * Project Description

      * Project Timeline

      * Project Input

      * Intended Project Output

      * Sustainability Plan & Intended Project Outcome

      * Budget & Finance

      9. FUNDING

      Shortlisted CSOs and SEs will receive:
      a. One fully-funded trip to pitch their community project during the Programme
      Orientation and Capacity Building in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2020.2

      Meanwhile, the selected CSOs and SEs will stay in the Programme for the rest of the orientation and capacity building workshop and the programme will cover the following:

      1. Accommodation during their stay with the youths to develop a work plan of the community project.

      2. Meals allowances,

      3. local transport, and

      4. A grant to implement the two weeks overseas local community project.

      The programme organisers will not cover the following:

      1. Local transport from the participants' home to the airport

      2. Travel insurance of the participants

      3. Health insurance of the participants

      4. Any other expenses not directly related to the programme

      10. INQUIRY

      For further inquiries please contact ASEAN Foundation by email on

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