Esq. Apprentice has been named by the J.M. Kaplan Fund one of ten winners of the 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize, an initiative that invests in early-stage efforts to address pressing social and environmental issues.
The J.M.K. Innovation Prize provides each awardee with three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds for technical assistance or targeted project expenses – a total award of $175,000. The Prize focuses especially on new ideas piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries at a stage when they typically struggle to acquire seed funding.
Esq. Apprentice was selected from among 1,193 applications — representing 49 states. Each addressed an array of needs across the Fund’s three focus areas: The Environment – Reducing the pace and impacts of climate change; Heritage Conservation – Conserving America’s greatest monuments and places; and Social Justice – Supporting common-sense criminal justice and labor reform, as well as humane treatment of immigrants and refugees in the U.S.