The JCK Industry Fund is currently accepting grant applications from individuals, groups, or associations whose work contributes to the betterment of the jewelry industry. The deadline is Dec. 15.
On an annual basis, this fund awards grants to projects that improve the image of the jewelry industry in the eyes of the consumer, aids jewelry industry organizations in addressing serious problems faced within the industry, and/or assists internal organizations and associations in developing training materials.
“The JCK Industry Fund is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job,” said Dave Bonaparte, senior vice president of JCK Brands. “There are so many groups, associations, and individuals who consistently and constantly look for improvement in our industry, and have a real social conscience, and their ideas need funding.”
Past winners have included Jewelers Vigilance Committee, the American Gem Society, the Gemological Institute of America, the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, and the Women’s Jewelry Association.
In order to be considered, applicants must submit a formal proposal in writing directly to JCK and include all of the following elements.
- The purpose of the grant
- The amount requested
- Timing for allocation of monies and plan for its allocation
- Historical budget data
- Measurable expected benefits
- An agreement outlining JCK’s right to conduct financial auditing of funds allocated to ensure suitable usage
All applications will be reviewed and final recipients will be chosen by the fund’s advisory committee comprised of representatives from the manufacturing and retail segment, as well as JCK. The winners will announced in early 2012.