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Grant Amount: $25,000+

In 2023, we will award up to ten Prizes, 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 Fund and its resource network, providing tools and training to support them through the challenges of a startup organization.


Applications deadline is on April 28, 2023.


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
  • Hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change. 

A first-round application will be made available on the website on February 7 and will be open until April 28. Select applicants will be invited to submit a more detailed second-round application in the late spring. Finalists will present their ideas to the trustees of The J.M. Kaplan Fund in the fall, with awardees formally announced in November 2023.

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