Have a bright idea for the environment, heritage conservation, or social justice?

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice.

Up to ten prizes will be awarded, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 in technical assistance funds, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the J.M. Kaplan Fund and its resource network, providing tools and training to support them through the challenges of a startup organization.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks out visionary nonprofit and mission-driven, for-profit organizations that work within, across, or in a manner related to one or more of the following areas:

  •   The Environment: Slowing the pace of climate change and mitigating climate impacts.
  •   Heritage Conservation: Conserving the places that communities care about most.
  •   Social Justice: Strengthening democracy and reforming the criminal justice and immigration systems.

Applications are open to individuals or teams representing nonprofit or mission-driven for-profit organizations. The prize will be awarded to projects or ideas that:

  •   Represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need;
  •   Innovate within one or more of the Fund’s three program areas;
  •   Demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot or prototype with prize funding; and
  •   Benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change.

Transforming the future of our climate and society will require new voices and models for change-making. Innovators are sought who can forge new paths to social impact.

Apply by April 28, 2023. Awardees will be announced in November 2023. For additional details, and to apply, go to www.jmkfund.org/innovation-prize-2023.