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Swarovski Foundation: Creatives for Our Future is a new global grant program designed with advisor the United Nations Office for Partnerships to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainability.

The program is open to all creatives worldwide aged 18-25. Applications for the program closed on 9th April 2021.

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Creative expression is a vehicle for evolution – not only for concepts and products, but also for changes in thinking and behavior.

Creatives for Our Future will harness the unique critical thinking and problem-solving abilities of young creatives in this pivotal era.

We aim to empower the next generation of creative talent to unlock innovative new approaches to our global sustainability challenges and drive progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Swarovski Foundation: Creatives for Our Future extends the Swarovski Foundation’s mission to foster and support cultural, education and advocacy collaborations addressing human rights and environmental issues, inequality and wellbeing.

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The program is open to all creatives worldwide aged 18 to 25 at the time of application (the deadline was 11.59PM on 9th April 2021) from across disciplines including fashion, design, art, architecture and engineering – with no limit to creative medium.

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.

Swarovski Designers of the Future Award

© Juju Wang in Wattens Austria for Swarovski Designers of Future 2019


On 21 April 2021, the successful creative cohort was selected and notified. Full details on the creative cohort can be found here.

The 9 selected grantees will receive financial support (15,000 USD) to further their practice and design new pathways for a better world.