London-based the Swarovski Foundation launches “Creatives for our Future” competition (application deadline 8th August 2022)

The Swarovski Foundation, which is based in London, was incorporated in 2013 to pursue charitable goals to honour the philanthropic spirit of Daniel Swarovski, who founded the crystal business in 1895. Since then, five generations of the Swarovski family have reinforced the company’s commitment to philanthropy and charitable giving.

The Swarovski Foundation has launched “Creatives for our Future“, a program to support all creatives worldwide aged 21 to 30 across disciplines including fashion, design, art, architecture and engineering – with no limit to creative medium.

This is a global mentorship and grant program designed with advisor the United Nations Office for Partnerships to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainability.

The deadline for applications is Monday 8th August 2022.

The program will allow successful participants to access a broad network of partners across the creative industries, not limited to Swarovski’s facilities. Wherever possible, the program will try to arrange for participants to get access to the resources and facilities they need to develop their research.

The Foundation aims to empower the next generation of creative talent to unlock innovative new approaches to their global sustainability challenges and drive progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The 6 successful applicants will be required to attend a program of events in New York on September 12 – 16, 2022 during the United Nations General Assembly. All applicants must ensure they have a valid passport, US VISA and have read the program’s terms and conditions mentioned on the website.

Successful applicants will have a keen interest in, demonstration of, or exemplary potential to use the creative process to accelerate awareness, technologies or solutions for sustainable development.

This diverse group of mentors and advocates will include internationally renowned figures in disciplines such as materials science, water conservation, social justice, business strategy, engineering, climate action, academia, sustainable development and supply chain management.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Successful applicants should have a keen interest in, demonstration of, or exemplary potential to use the creative process to accelerate awareness, technologies or solutions for sustainable development.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 21 – 30 at the time of application and before the deadline for applications.
  • The Program is open to residents of all countries. However, due to requirement of the applicants to travel to the United States as part of the programme, applicants must abide to United States entry requirements including but not limited to visa entry and full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Applicant exemptions are employees of the Swarovski Foundation, any of its subsidiaries, agents or any other business involved with the administration of this Program, or members of the households of such employees.
  • Applicants must be resident in the country from which they submit their entry.
  • Applicants must have a bank account in their name to receive the grant of 20,000 Euro.
Funding Information
  • The individual grants will be €20,000 (c.£17,000) each.
  • The award comprises of a 20,000 Euro grant, travel to New York (adherence to Swarovski Foundation travel terms and conditions), communication opportunities, educational program including but not limited to; mentor sessions, master classes and online materials. Maximum of one award per applicant and no additional or substitute award will be available.
  • In the event of applicant non-availability for award in its full entirety (including grant, US travel and educational program) the Swarovski Foundation reserves the right to revoke award from the applicant. In the event of non-availability of the award for any reason, the Swarovski Foundation reserves the right to substitute the award with an award of a similar nature. No alternative will be available. The award is not transferable.

Further information about Creatives for our Future, including how to apply, can be found on the Creatives for our Future website