Monday 6 September, 2021

Goldsmiths' Global Majority Fund Announced


Goldsmiths’ Company Charity partners with the Jewellery Futures Fund to launch £50,000 Global Majority Fund for projects that will increase representation in the jewellery and silversmithing industries

- Applications now open - 

  • The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity launches first of its kind participatory grant making fund in partnership with the Jewellery Futures Fund and the Goldsmiths’ Centre.
  • The £50,000 Goldsmiths’ Global Majority Fund is designed to increase representation in the jewellery and silversmithing industries and bring about greater racial equity
  • Grant funding applications are now open for projects and ideas that support the craft and trade of jewellers and silversmiths; and are led by and for people from the Global Majority. 
  • The Global Majority refers to 80% of the world’s population who do not identify as white but have been historically labelled as ethnic minorities.
  • All successful applicants will be guaranteed to receive some funding for their project. The allocation of the £50,000 fund will be decided by the successful applicants as part of a cohort of project representatives: The Global Majority Panel. 

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity has launched an industry-first participatory grantmaking fund, the Goldsmiths’ Global Majority Fund, in partnership with the Jewellery Futures Fund and the Goldsmiths’ Centre, to increase representation in the jewellery and silversmithing industries. 

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity are now calling for grant applications to the pilot fund. Applicants must identify as being part of the Global Majority community and submit projects and ideas that support people from the Global Majority to start or develop their career in jewellery and silversmithing. Funding of up to £10,000 per project is available.

Successful applicants will decide how the £50,000 fund is allocated to the shortlisted projects, as part of a cohort of representatives on the Global Majority Panel. All those chosen to participate in the panel will be guaranteed to receive some funding for their project. In addition to grant funding, all panellists will be offered one-to-one advice and support from an external facilitator who has been commissioned to work on the fund. 

Ciorsdan Brown, Head of Charitable Partnerships & Strategy at the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity, said: “We are proud to be partnering with the Jewellery Futures Fund on this industry-first participatory grantmaking fund that supports projects led by and for people from the Global Majority: a term first coined by Rosemary Campbell-Stephens MBE that refers to 80% of the world’s population who do not identify as white but have been historically labelled as ethnic minorities.

The Goldsmiths’ Company Charity and the Goldsmiths’ Centre are committed to increasing support for people from the Global Majority who want to start or develop a career in jewellery or silversmithing but may have faced structural, social and/or economic barriers to doing so. 

The ambition of the Goldsmiths’ Global Majority Fund is to bring about greater racial equity in the jewellery and silversmithing industries. This will be the first time we have applied the participatory grantmaking approach, which follows the principles of ‘nothing about us, without us, is for us’ (a phrase which came from the Disability Rights movement) and places great value on grassroots expertise, collective leadership and lived experience. 

The pilot fund is not a silver bullet, but we hope it will contribute to wider efforts to increase racial equity in the craft and trade over the long term.”

Commenting on the partnership, Melanie Eddy, co-founder of Jewellery Futures Fund said: “We are really excited to partner with the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity on this initiative – a participatory approach is most appropriate for the work we at Jewellery Futures Fund are undertaking to address the systemic challenges faced by black jewellers in the UK. The Goldsmiths’ Global Majority Fund gives those directly impacted by these systemic challenges agency in the means and ways through which positive change can be brought about.” 

Interested parties are invited to submit and Expression of Interest detailing their idea and why they should be on the panel, by going to https://www.thegoldsmiths.co.uk/charity/goldsmiths-global-majority-fund/ A small team made up of Jewellery Futures Fund co-founders and representatives from the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity will make the panel selection. The panel will meet four times over several months and sessions will be facilitated by an externally commissioned consultant with extensive relevant experience and expertise.   

Expression of Interest form deadline: Friday 8 October. For more information visit here.

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