About the 2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize


Since 2015, The J.M. Kaplan Fund has reached across America to identify and elevate early-stage projects with transformative potential in the fields of social justice, the environment, and heritage conservation. The fourth cycle of the Prize was launched in January 2021—as the country was reeling from a pandemic and grappling with racial and political tensions—and by April received a record 2,826 applications from all fifty states, as well as numerous territories and tribal nations.

The Fund is thrilled to announce the 2021 J.M.K. Innovation Prize awardees, ten exceptionally promising, visionary organizations that are tackling America’s most pressing challenges while building community and collective power. Each will receive up to $175,000 over three years and join a resource collaborative of fellow innovators designed to support their journey as change agents.

A report on the 2021 Prize, Building Pathways to Collective Power, highlights trends and lessons learned from this year’s pool of proposals, as well as reflections on how the Prize has touched off social impacts far beyond the Fund.

Since its launch, The J.M.K. Innovation Prize has provided forty social and environmental change initiatives with valuable tools, training, and capacity-building resources, in addition to crucial funding.

To learn more about the Prize and the 2021 awardees, please read our press release here