by Robyn Hawk on October 22, 2012


The JCK Industry Fund is currently accepting grant applications from individuals, groups or associations whose work results in the betterment of the overall jewelry industry. The JCK Industry Fund awards hundreds of thousands of dollars each year across multiple entities whose programs and services help the overall industry. 

The deadline for submission is December 15, 2012.

Now in its 15th year, this fund awards grants to projects that: (1) improve the image of the jewelry industry in the eyes of the consumer, and/or (2) aids jewelry industry organizations in addressing serious problems faced within the industry, and/or (3) assists internal organizations and associations in developing training materials. 

"Being able to give back each year to the industry in which we all benefit from, is very rewarding," said Yancy Weinrich, Group Vice President, JCK. "Our industry continues to evolve, and so do the programs that our associations, organizations and individuals have developed. I am very proud of this annual contribution and encourage all organizations to consider submitting their grant proposal."
Past winners have included Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC), The American Gem Society (AGS), The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), The Jewelers Security Alliance (JSA), Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) and the Women's Jewelry Association (WJA).

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 a plan for its allocation; historical budget data; measurable expected benefits; and 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 a Fund Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from the manufacturing and retail segment, as well as JCK. The recipients will be chosen based upon their synergy with the overall core goals and intentions of the Fund. Winners are notified in early 2013 and a formal announcement listing the winners will be distributed.

To apply for the JCK Industry Fund click here: http://lasvegas.jckonline.com/JCKs-Industry-Fund/ 

JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:

-LUXURY Privé Panama: October 22 – 24 – Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
-LUXURY and Elite Enclave: May 28 – 30, by invitation only, and then continues as the events open their doors to all JCK retailers Friday, May 31 – Monday, June 3 – Four Seasons, Mandalay Bay, THEhotel
-Swiss Watch: May 31 – June 3 – Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, Mandarin Oriental
-JCK Las Vegas: May 31 – June 3 – Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
-LUXURY Privé New York: July 29 - July 31 – New York, The Pierre Hotel – Fifth Avenue

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