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The J.M. Kaplan Fund, which last year gave about $1 million for upstate projects, is soliciting applications for additional grants for its Rural New York Program.

The two-year-old fund honoring the late Jacob M. Kaplan is derived from the 1950s sale of the former Welch Grape Juice Co. of Westfield to the National Grape Cooperative, the farmer unit that now owns the Welch grape juice enterprise.

Kaplan, who died in 1987, had rescued the floundering Welch business in the late 1940s and then sold the company to the farmers who raised the juice grapes.

The fund is administered by his daughter, Joan K. Davidson of New York, who tonight is to receive the Special Achievement Award from the Rochester-based Landmark Society of Western New York.

The grants go to non-profit public and private agencies that are concerned with preserving and protecting New York's farming, rural and open space areas.

"Jacob Kaplan and his family felt that they had received so much from the land that they should return something to preserve the special qualities of rural New York," said Anthony C. Wood, the program director.

Among the Western New York projects funded last year by the J.M. Kaplan Fund are:

$75,000 to the Landmark Society to buy the architectural services for the restoration of the Roycroft Inn at East Aurora.

$50,000 to the Core Area Preservation Co. of Dunkirk to establish a revolving fund for certain agricultural workers who need to improve their housing. Applications for these grants will be accepted beginning in January.

$25,000 to Wyoming County to help it preserve its historic resources.

$425,000 to the New York State Growers and Processors Association of Batavia for the establishment of a child care center for migrant farm workers.

CORRECTION: 12-6-90 B4 correct amount to the New York State Growers and Processors is $25,000.
$10,000 to the Greater Buffalo Development Foundation to finance the expansion of its country market.

$7,500 to the Town of Sardinia to prepare its master plan.

$4,000 to the Town of Alden to help improve its master plan.

New applications should be mailed to Anthony C. Wood at the J.M. Kaplan Fund, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, N.Y., 10112. Initial inquiries are processed between March 1 and mid-October. Inquiries that interest the staff will receive formal grant applications, a program aide explained.

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