An early and influential supporter of the historic preservation movement, The J.M. Kaplan Fund has long believed in the value of cultural heritage. Whether at home in New York City—where we helped save treasured sites like Carnegie Hall from demolition—or at archaeological sites in the Mediterranean basin, where we helped conserve some of the world’s most iconic cultural assets, the Fund remains committed to preserving sites of world heritage quality that will continue to be enjoyed by a broad public in the future.
The Heritage Conservation program is currently focused on the following areas: the conservation of sites of Greco-Roman antiquity; the protection of cultural heritage sites threatened by armed conflict; and the preservation of sites that can elevate and inform heritage practice in the United States.
Please note that we make grants by invitation only and do not accept unsolicited requests.
The Idlib Antiquities Center has continued to document antiquities discovered while creating a bomb-shelter in Northern Syria thanks to the Fund’s ongoing support for the Council of American Overseas Research Centers. Read more on CAORC’s website.
At the archaeological site of Delos, where the Fund has supported planning and site conservation in recent years, the artist Antony Gormley has installed a series of bodyform sculptures “re-inhabiting” the site. In part due to this uncommon exhibition, the site of Delos has enjoyed record visitation so far this year. Read more in the Smithsonian.
Victoria Herrmann, 2017 Innovation Prize awardee and founder of Rising Tides, writes about how climate change poses a threat to cultural heritage in Scientific American.
Nestor’s Palace and Griffin Warrior Dig, both sites that received Kaplan Support, are featured in recent Smithsonian Magazine – Click Here To Read More
This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization
Kaplan-supported Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations – Click Here To Read More
Grave of ‘Griffin Warrior’ at Pylos Could Be a Gateway to Civilizations