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YELL is seeking qualified entities to submit a Concept Proposal for YELL 2024 Seed Grant! 

The Youth Environment Living Labs (YELL) is a platform to create opportunities for young people in Malaysia to play an effective role in actions on climate-related and environmental issues. YELL aims to localise climate narratives and emphasise local and indigenous perspectives on nature and environment so that they are more relevant and compelling to young people in Malaysia, and to strengthen the ecosystem of actors to support and hold the space for young people to engage as agents of change in environmental policy and action.

Interested? We are looking to find new or better ways of instilling environmental stewardship and increasing young people’s contribution to the environment and climate agenda in Malaysia. The grant is expected to support testing and piloting new or unproven approaches and ideas, engaging and inspiring young people into action. 

If you aspire or have a project idea that addresses one or more of the following…

  1. To increase young people’s participation in learning, caring and taking action to protect the environment. 
  2. To increase the capacity of educators, teachers, peers and parents to deliver Environmental Education or Studies.
  3. To provide more widespread opportunities and entry points for young people to respond to environmental-related issues in a community. 

Submit your ideas according to one or more of the following themes!

YELL 2024 Seed Grant themes and focus areas 

ThemesFocus areasProject considerations
(including, but not limited to)
Food Security🌾 Agriculture 
🎣 Aquaculture and fisheries
🍎 Surplus food
➡️ Alternative income or livelihood strategy for communities, i.e. Orang Asli
➡️ Resource use efficiency, i.e irrigation, nutrient cycling, etc 
➡️ Restoration of soil health
Water security💧 Freshwater resources (watershed, groundwater) 
🚰 Water use  
🦠 Water pollution
➡️ Evidence generation of local water security risks
➡️ Preservation and restoration strategies
➡️ Improvements in local governance and management
Disaster Risk Reduction 📣 Community preparedness and readiness 
🚨 Emergency response
🌪️ Post-disaster rehabilitation
➡️ (Mandatory) Gender- and disability-inclusive resilience
➡️ Adopt or adapt from traditional and indigenous solutions 
➡️ Promote nature-based solutions 
➡️ Reduce public health risks (i.e. hygiene)
Biodiversity 🏞️ Environmentally sensitive areas (land and water) 
🦧 Native wildlife, threatened and endangered species (Keystone and endemic species) 
🌧 Natural resource management
➡️ Community-manage landscape approach (e.g. sustainable tourism) 
➡️ Address poaching, illegal harvesting and illegal wildlife trade
➡️ Promote Access to Biological Resource and Benefit Sharing Act 2017 (Act 795)
Waste management🧑‍🌾 Biomass (e.g. agriculture waste) 
📦 Packaging
🔋 Electronics
➡️ Prevention or reduction of waste to be prioritised over recycling 
➡️ Product design for repurposing or upcycling 
➡️ Closed-loop systems

To assist you in understanding the requirements of the grant, we have attached the following:

Eligibility

  • Malaysian-registered and operating as a non-government organisation / community-based organisation / grassroots organisation (or a similar organisation). 
  • Non-profit public academic institutions, public research institutions and statutory bodies.
  • For-profit entities are only entitled to apply as co-applicants with the lead applicant (non-profit or social enterprise).
  • Malaysian-registered social enterprises (registered with the Ministry of Entrepreneur Development (MED)
  • Political- or faith-based organisations are not eligible.
  • Non-legally constituted or non-registered organisations may not submit applications as applying entities. Such entities may submit applications on a joint basis with other interested eligible entities (‘consortium approach’), wherein any agreement will be signed with the eligible entity only. 
  • Possess a Malaysia-registered bank account.

We will have an Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on the 10th of May, register now at THIS LINK.

We will have another Ask Me Anything (AMA) session on the 17th of May, register now at THIS LINK.

In case you are unable to attend the AMA sessions, you can still find out more from: 

  1. YELL Instagram – Drop us a Direct Message (DM)!
  2. Email your questions to: shu.min.leo@undp.org 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Please find a list of FAQs at our Instagram post here.


Ready to share your project proposal?

Submit your proposal no later than 1730 hrs (Malaysia time) on 31st of May 2024 to shu.min.leo@undp.org and CC to anusha.rym@undp.org with the email title ‘Concept Proposal – YELL 2024 Seed Grant.’ 

Deadline is 31 May 2024 (1730 hrs, Malaysia Local Time)

Note: Applications without completed documents shall not be considered.