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J.M. Kaplan Fund

Grants for protection of threatened natural resources, and reduction of the global impacts of climate change

Principal Office: USA

The J.M. Kaplan Fund is a family foundation in New York.

Kaplan’s program areas are: Social Justice; Heritage Conservation; and Environment.  The Fund also sponsors the J.M.K. Innovation Prize.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

1– Environment. The Fund has the following priorities for environmental grants that have an international dimension:

Deep Sea Bed Protection — Protecting the deep ocean, particularly hydrothermal sea vents threatened by deep-sea mining.

Conservation in Chilean Patagonia — Strengthening government oversight and legal protection for forests in Chile’s Patagonia; identifying and safeguarding areas that currently lack conservation status; and creating biological corridors that link upland parks and preserves to near-shore marine ecosystems.

Global Climate Change — Addressing global climate change through advocacy and awareness-raising, including international partnerships to reduce the amount of coal-generated electricity, and efforts to put a price on carbon in the USA.

The Fund also supports exploring the impacts of climate change on health and safety in New York City.

About the program


2– J.M.K. Innovation Prize. The Prize seeks to support innovation in the fields of environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. The Prize is particularly designed for early-stage ideas in pilot and prototype phases.

The Prize will provide up to three years of support at US$50 thousand per year, as well as US$25 thousand for technical assistance or project expenses.

About the Innovation Prize


APPLICATION: The Fund makes grants to non-profit 501(c)3 charitable organizations in the USA and to organizations in other countries that have equivalent charitable status.

Applications are by invitation only, except in the case of the J.M.K. Innovation Prize.

About how to apply

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


The history of the Fund extends through three generations of the Kaplan family.


December 2020