JCK Industry Fund, now in its eighteenth year, was established to enhance the image of the jewelry industry and to foster development and research of programs that would benefit the industry. Each year, grants are distributed from the JCK Industry Fund to individuals, groups, or associations who work towards the betterment of the overall industry. To date, this fund has awarded over $5 million in grants to those organizations or individuals who have created programs that improve the industry's image. The JCK Industry Fund is underwritten by JCK.
JCK Industry Fund Mission
To help aid, assist and improve the jewelry industry. As global leaders in the jewelry industry, JCK strongly believes that it is an essential element and part of our corporate responsibility to give back and continue to nurture an industry that has given so much to so many.
The 2017 submission process is open to individuals, groups and associations within the jewelry industry. Recipients are chosen based upon their synergy with the overall core goals and intentions of the Fund.
In order to be considered, applicants must submit a formal proposal in writing or digitally directly to JCK by December 8, 2016 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
- 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 JCK Industry 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 2017 and a formal announcement listing the winners will be distributed.
Please submit proposals by December 8, 2016. Digital submissions can be sent to Lauren Laramore. For written proposals, please send to:
JCK Industry Fund
c/o Lauren Laramore
383 Main Avenue
Norwalk, CT 06851
For more information on the Industry Fund, please contact Lauren Laramore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our 2016 Industry Fund Award Recipients
Click the link below to see what the industry fund grant means to them:
The Diamond Council of America is indebted to the JCK Industry Fund for it's generous matching grant that will be used to provide scholarships to the high school students participating in DCA'S Jewelry Industry Readiness Initiative. (JCRI) The JCRI program takes DCA's Diamond, Sales, and Colored Gemstone courses into high schools throughout the United States allowing students to graduate high school with a jewelry industry certification. The ultimate outcome of this program is to reach thousands, even millions, of young people predisposing them to appreciate our product and seek employment in our stores.TERRY CHANDLER, PRESIDENT DCA
The JCK Industry Fund's support has made it possible for the Diamond Empowerment Fund to reach over 1 million millennials to-date with the consumer confidence-building message that Diamonds Do Good. Their continued support of this message dissemination will enable us to grow our momentum and help foster positive narratives around diamonds and the diamond industry with consumers.NANCY OREM LYMAN, VICE PRESIDENT & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DIAMOND EMPOWERMENT FUND
The retail landscape is changing at lightning speed and we are committed to helping the industry stay relevant and adapt to new consumer shopping behaviors. Thanks to the generosity of the JCK Industry Fund grant, our new initiatives will help the industry have a better understanding of the consumer landscape. With consumer research as the foundation, we will be able to create marketing and communication programs that reach consumers more effectively and increase desire for jewelryDAVID BONAPARTE, PRESIDENT & CEO, JEWELERS OF AMERICA
This grant will result in greater cooperation by law enforcement agencies and security personnel in Canada and the U.S. in combatting the international criminal gangs and fences that prey on the diamond, jewelry and watch industry in both countries.JOHN KENNEDY, PRESIDENT, JSA
Jewellers Vigilance Canada and Jewelers Security Alliance applied for a joint submission in order to host a North American Jewelry Crime Conference in Toronto, Canada. Thanks to the JCK Industry Fund's Grant the two-day event will take place September 26-28, 2016 and allow over one hundred law enforcement and security personnel to not only understand the resources JSA and JVC Canada provide to them but also learn investigative techniques and tools specifically designed for jewelry crime as well as gain experience and expertise in fighting jewelry crime.PHYLLIS RICHARD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, JVC CANADA
JCK's generous support of JVC has made it possible for the association to accomplish important work on behalf of the industry. Through JVC's Industry Protection Program (IPP) we advocate for all sectors of the trade regarding the many complex rules that impact sellers of fine jewelry. This effort is on-going. In 2016, JVC's IPP will continue to provide legal compliance tools, educate industry members, and help them incorporate the practices necessary to meet the requirements of the law and the needs of their business partners. The Board of Directors of the JVC is so grateful that this important mission is recognized and supported so generously by JCK. Many thanks to the entire JCK team!CECILIA GARDNER, PRESIDENT & CEO, JEWELERS VIGILANCE COMMITTEE