By the industry for the industry, JCK Industry Fund supports projects that will have the most sustainable impact to improve the growth and health for the industry at large.
JCK Industry Fund
New in 2021: Diversity & Inclusion Grant
The JCK Industry Fund Committee has designated a specific grant dedicated to supporting greater inclusivity within the fine jewelry and watch industries by supporting BIPOC initiatives, along with all the other great causes that will be funded in 2021 based on general grant submissions. Organizations who would like to create or enhance existing programs that support increased inclusion within the U.S. jewelry industry are encouraged to develop their ideas and apply for funds. JCK Industry Fund and Diversity & Inclusivity recipients will be announced in early 2021.
About the Fund
The JCK Industry Fund’s mission is to assess and prioritize grant requests from all sectors of the jewelry industry, and to invest those available funds to projects that will have the most sustainable impact to improve growth and health for the industry at large.
The JCK Industry Fund was created in 1997 for the purpose of deploying funds donated by JCK, and more recently with added donations from the industry at large. As the fund increases in size and scope, monies are directed to where they are needed the most, and where significant impacts can be attained. Administered by a board comprised of executives from a broad scope of the industry, JCK Industry Fund has given more than $6M to worthy grant recipients to date.
2021 Grant Applications
JCK Industry Fund 2021 grant applications will open on October 5, and are due November 20, 2020. This year, you can apply for the JCK Industry Fund or the new grant specific to initiatives that support Diversity & Inclusivity in the jewelry and watch industry.
Each submission is reviewed by the Fund's Advisory Committee, which consists of prominent retailers, manufacturers, and industry leaders.
Congratulations to Our 2020 Grant Recipients
Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), whose "Diamonds Do Good" positive messaging campaign continues to build consumer confidence, reaching over 3 million millennials to date.
International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), in support of the artisanal mining sector, helping to improve lives, protect the environment and promote communities.
Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) in support of its advancements in consumer-facing projects to ensure the reputation of the jewelry industry remains high in the mind of the consumer.
Mercury Free Mining (MFM), who aims to create industry-wide awareness of the human and environmental health issues related to the use of mercury in artisanal and small-scale gold mining (ASGM) by promoting the discovery and implementation of a safe and effective alternative to mercury use.
Responsible Jewellery Council (RJC), in support of helping companies of all sizes throughout the jewelry supply chain meet the rising ethical demands of peers, consumers, financial institutions and civil society by providing a clear set of standards – the RJC 'Code of Practices' – which is verified through a third party, independent, certification process.
Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) in support of educational resources and professional development opportunities for its Gender Equality Project.