The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) has been named one of ten winners of the 2017 J.M.K. Innovation Prize! Awarded by the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Prize invests in early-stage efforts to address pressing social and environmental issues. ASAP was selected from among 1,193 applications representing 49 states.
The Prize provides each awardee with three years of support – a total award of $175,000. The Prize focuses on new ideas piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries at a stage when they typically struggle to acquire seed funding.
“When we envisioned this second round of the Prize, we could not have imagined it would coincide with an unprecedented remaking of America’s political landscape,” said Peter Davidson, Chairman of the J.M. Kaplan Fund Board of Trustees. “Today’s entrepreneurs are sending a clear message that many institutions have failed to solve our most persistent social problems. These innovators are reimagining how to bring change across the country using new technologies, collaboration across sectors, and even socially-minded for-profit tools.”