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J.M. Kaplan Fund: J.M.K Innovation Prize

Deadline: April 28, 2017

J.M.K. Innovation Prizes will be awarded to organizations that are tackling the country’s most pressing needs through social innovation. The Prize builds on the Fund’s longstanding areas of grantmaking interest while remaining flexible enough for fresh and unexpected thinking. Prize recipients will ideally present innovative concepts that fall within, in-between, or in a matter related to the J.M. Kaplan Fund’s three funding categories:

  • The Environment: Reducing the pace and impacts of climate change
  • Heritage Conservation: Conserving America’s greatest monuments and places
  • Social Justice: Supporting decarceration and humane immigrant integration

The Prize will be awarded to projects or ideas that: represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need; demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot or prototype with Prize funding; and hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change. It is particularly designed for early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries.

Amount: Awardees are eligible to receive up to 50,000 per year for three years, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses, making a total award of $175,000 over a three year period. Up to ten awards will be made.

Eligibility: Nonprofit and mission driven for-profit organizations.

Link: http://www.jmkfund.org/introduction2017-j-m-k-innovation-prize/2017-j-m-k-innovation-prize/

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