By the industry for the industry, the 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 2022 Grant applications are now available.
Application Deadline: November 19, 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 available funds in projects that will have the most sustainable impact to improve growth and health for the industry at large.
BECOME AN INDUSTRY FUND CONTRIBUTOR
Your contribution to the JCK Industry Fund helps support the sustainability, health, and growth of the jewelry industry at large.
APPLY FOR YOUR INDUSTRY FUND GRANT TODAY!
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Companies, organizations, and nonprofit associations who have a project or initiative that will benefit the industry as a whole through commerce, development, consumer confidence, advancing business practices, or diversity and inclusion, are encouraged to apply.
The JCK Industry Fund Advisory Committee reviews all applications and selects final recipients. The Committee is comprised of representatives from the manufacturing and retail sectors, as well as JCK. Winners are notified in early 2022 and a formal announcement introducing the winners will be distributed.
Recipients are selected based upon their synergy with the core goals and intentions of the Fund.
- Applicants must clearly articulate how their project will align with, and execute on, the Fund's mission to drive a sustainable positive impact on the growth and health of the jewelry industry.
- Grants are prioritized to companies and organizations who show the most need and will have the greatest impact. Past recipients include Jewelers of America, Jewelers Security Alliance, Diamonds Do Good, Responsible Jewellery Council among others.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are due by November 19, 2021.
Championing the voices of diamond communities around the world
“The JCK Industry Fund’s grant has enabled Diamonds Do Good to be a continuous and affirmative voice championing, through real and meaningful stories, the positive impact natural diamonds have on communities around the world. This has been especially relevant during these unparalleled times brought on by the global pandemic which saw industry members throughout the United States and the World reach out to communities particularly affected by COVID-19. The Diamonds Do Good message lines up with consumers’ need to give meaningful gifts that express their real emotions. The JCK Industry Fund grant has ensured consumers are hearing this message.”
Nancy Orem Lyman
V.P. Executive Director, Diamonds Do Good
Helping the jewelry industry stay secure during remote work
“Coincidentally, the JCK 2020 grant to Jewelers’ Security Alliance provided JSA with the perfect preparation for the pandemic. The grant focused on JSA implementing a “Real-Time Crime System” allowing JSA to upgrade its hardware, software, database and communication tools. The purpose was to permit JSA’s small staff to function outside its Midtown Manhattan office, 24/7, from anywhere in the world. The JCK grant has allowed JSA to effectively carry on its crime prevention mission of informing jewelers and working with the FBI and local police seamlessly and without interruption, despite staff working from home during the pandemic.”
President, Jewelers’ Security Alliance
Helping JVC build digital education tools for the industry
“The JCK Industry Fund has played an integral part in supporting JVC’s mission to serve the jewelry industry and the consumer by actively encouraging the highest levels of integrity in business. This year, JVC was honored to receive funds to support new projects such as our digital Understanding the FTC Guides book, released in June and supported by many educational webinars in our new digital environment, and our work with advocacy and education on increasingly important AML compliance for the trade. JVC continues to offer guidance and education through the development of new resources, presentations and one-on-one chats to address the needs of the diverse jewelry business community.”
President & CEO, JVC
Helping build sustainable initiatives for Black professionals
"This grant helps [BIJC] hit the ground running with many of the initiatives we have planned this year and beyond. We are also glad to see that JCK supports the creation of sustainable advancement initiatives for Black professionals."
President and Co-Founder, BIJC
- Championing the voices of diamond communities around the world
- Helping the jewelry industry stay secure during remote work
- Helping JVC build digital education tools for the industry
2021 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Black in Jewelry Coalition
To develop business education resources, fostering the ethical inclusion of diverse professionals and reshaping the jewelry and watch career pipeline, and to offer Black jewelry professionals greater access to opportunities at future industry events.
Diamonds Do Good
To support an effective digital strategy that will re-engage with consumers and provide resources to retailers that promote the positive message of natural diamond communities.
To increase diversity and inclusivity in the jewelry industry by empowering Black miners; support sustainable, responsible practices in the gemstone supply chain; and increase consumer confidence in the colored gem industry supply chain.
Jewelers Security Alliance
To fund initiatives that will reduce credit fraud against retail jewelers through education, technical resources and increased cooperation between businesses and law enforcement.
Mercury Free Mining
To support the urgent need to expand testing and implementation of mercury-free gold ore processing technologies and a communications program to help the jewelry industry protect its credibility in the marketplace and with consumers.
Women's Jewelry Association
In support of educational resources and professional development opportunities for its Gender Equality Project.
International Colored Gemstone Association
To support the artisanal mining sector, helping to improve the lives of artisanal miners and their families, protect the environment and promote community sustainability.
Jewelers Vigilance Committee
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.
JCK INDUSTRY FUND COMMITTEE
Group Vice President
Reed Jewelry Group
President & CEO
Lux Bond & Green
Goldstar Jewellery, LLC
Chief Growth Officer