JCK announced that it is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Industry Fund, its yearly mission to enhance the jewelry industry through the development of beneficial research programs. Now in its 20th year, the fund has awarded over $6 million to date in grants to its recipients that have created programs to improve the jewelry industry’s image.
All submitted grant proposals will be reviewed by the Fund’s Advisory Committee, comprised of retailers, manufacturers, and industry leaders, selecting recipients based on whether or not their project meets the following criteria:
- Improves commerce and image of the jewelry industry through the eyes of the consumer
- Aids in addressing serious problems faced within the industry
- Assists in developing educational content that may profoundly impact industry and consumer concerns
For an even stronger effort this year, JCK is asking the industry at large to get involved through voluntary contributions: $100 from each exhibitor showing at the 2018 JCK Las Vegas jewelry show is being asked, in addition to contributions from the show’s attending retailers.
“This is our community’s chance to make a difference and support those individuals, groups, or associations whose initiatives will improve commerce and change the consumers’ perception of the jewelry industry,” said JCK Events svp Yancy Weinrich in a press release.
Recipients of the 2017 Industry Fund Grant included Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF) for its “Diamonds Do Good” campaign; Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) for its multiple consumer-facing projects; Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA) for its support of innovative projects helping to keep the industry safe from crime; and the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America Education Foundation (MJSA) for its continued contributions to the competitiveness of U.S. jewelry manufacturing and design.
All submissions are due by Friday, Dec. 15, and award recipients will be announced in the spring of 2018. For more information and to enter, visit jckonline.com/industryfund.