In a testament to its enduring commitment to making a positive impact in North America, Gucci proudly announces the launch of the fifth chapter of its Changemakers initiative.
This milestone brings with it an array of exciting opportunities, including the Scholarship Program and Impact Fund, which are set to empower both talented students and nonprofit organizations alike. The theme for this chapter is “Igniting Creative Opportunity,” reflecting Gucci’s dedication to individuals and organizations that inspire positive social change and shatter barriers in the realms of arts and culture.
Supporting Positive Change: Gucci Changemakers North America
Gucci Changemakers North America has been at the forefront of driving meaningful change since its inception. The program continues to expand its reach and impact, introducing the Creative Fellows Initiative to elevate leaders who utilize creativity as a catalyst for social action and community transformation. Initially designed for past Gucci Changemakers Scholarship recipients, this exclusive program offers a grant of up to $25,000, coupled with mentorship, to empower Fellows in pursuing their projects with a well-structured business plan.
To mark the launch of the fifth chapter, Gucci will host a celebration at The REACH, located at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. The event promises engaging discussions led by prominent figures, including activist and educator Brittany Packnett Cunningham, Changemaker recipient and founder of Black Girl Environmentalist, Wawa Gatheru, Imani Ellis, founder of CultureCon, Gallerist Hannah Traore, and Gucci Changemaker Scholar and Artist Yetunde Sapp. During this occasion, Gucci Changemakers will unveil a new film by artist/director Zen Pace, focusing on this year’s theme of igniting creative opportunity.
A History of Impact: Gucci Changemakers North America’s Journey
Since 2019, Gucci Changemakers North America has invested over $6.5 million in community funding and scholarship programs, positively impacting the lives of more than 600,000 community members. These investments prioritize empowering young, diverse individuals through education, providing a platform for the next generation, and supporting grassroots organizations committed to driving meaningful change.
Over the past four years, Gucci Changemakers North America has extended its support to over 40 nonprofit Impact Fund partner organizations, granting more than 70 scholarships to deserving students. The Impact Fund itself offers grants of up to $50,000 to at least 12 nonprofit organizations annually and will now accept applications on a rolling basis through September 2024. Meanwhile, the Scholars program will award 12 students a one-year scholarship for up to $20,000, based on their financial needs.
Gucci Changemakers Scholarship Fund: Supporting Future Leaders
Gucci’s commitment to fostering positive change isn’t confined to North America alone. The brand has recently expanded its Changemakers Program to the EMEA region with the launch of Gucci Changemakers London. This multi-year initiative collaborates with the London College of Fashion (LCF) and the University of the Arts London (UAL) to offer multidisciplinary scholarships to students facing financial barriers in accessing higher education. The initiative also seeks to promote a positive impact in the creative and fashion industries in London.
The Scholars program, a cornerstone of Gucci Changemakers, will award 12 students a one-year scholarship for up to $20,000, taking into account their financial needs. Eligible applicants include students with at least two semesters left at the start of the 2024 Fall Semester at accredited community colleges or four-year universities.
This opportunity is extended to graduating high school seniors as well. Gucci Changemakers actively encourages students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and diverse backgrounds, studying various disciplines, including fashion, design, art, business, merchandising, law, film, music, and other creative or business-oriented programs within the 12 Changemakers focus cities and beyond to apply. Initial applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 9, 2024.
Gucci Changemakers Impact Fund: Catalyzing Community Change
The Impact Fund, another vital component of Gucci Changemakers, is committed to granting up to $1 million to 12 community-based 501(c)(3) organizations across select Changemakers cities through 2024, aligning with program and community needs. This fund is dedicated to supporting community-based social impact projects that leverage arts and culture to drive positive change. Each awardee will receive a one-year grant of up to $50,000. Applications for the Impact Fund will be continuously reviewed throughout the year.
The Creative Fellows Program, a new addition to Gucci Changemakers, offers up-and-coming talented creatives and impact leaders a grant award of up to $25,000 to complete or initiate a creative project. This fellowship is open to individuals from various fields, including artists, designers, filmmakers, writers, scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and those whose work aligns with the core values and goals of the fellowship.
Fellows can utilize the award funds to finalize ongoing projects, devise solutions to complex creative challenges, and craft new works of art that challenge our understanding of the world around us. Initial applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, February 9, 2024.
In conclusion, Gucci Changemakers North America’s commitment to driving positive change through education, creative empowerment, and community support remains unwavering. The fifth chapter promises to be a transformative journey, offering opportunities for both individuals and organizations to make a lasting impact on society.
As Gucci continues to expand its Changemakers program worldwide, the brand’s dedication to fostering positive change shines ever brighter. So, aspiring scholars, creative visionaries, and community champions seize the opportunity and join Gucci Changemakers in creating a better world for all.