11 September 2023
Ahead of Black History Month, visual inspiration platform Pinterest today announces the second edition of its Creator Inclusion Fund - this time specifically supporting UK-based Black creators and content producers.
As part of Pinterest’s ongoing work to make the internet a more inclusive and positive space, the incubator fund elevates the work of historically marginalized communities through financial and educational support.
The Creator Inclusion Fund was started because Pinterest saw a need to uplift Creators from communities that have been disproportionately underrepresented - including Black, LGBTQIA+, Asian, Indigenous people, as well as people with disabilities. While last year’s efforts were focussed on LGBTQIA+ creators, this year, the programme will be heroing UK-based Black creators.
Applications for this year’s Creator Inclusion Fund will run from 11th-22nd September. Following a judging process, successful applicants will be invited to join a six-week programme learning how to succeed on Pinterest, supported by editorial trends, monetisation opportunities and brand briefs as well as a cash grant.
As a Queer Black woman with a background in fashion and beauty, I have continually encountered barriers in entry to the creative industry. I’m not alone in this and I know many others from marginalised groups who face the same struggles. Pinterest’s Creator Inclusion Fund really changed things for me and I’m truly proud to have been a part of it. It not only provided a financial boost, but more importantly, it opened up opportunities and allowed my creativity and confidence to flourish.
— Gabrielle Eva, 2022 Pinterest Creator Fund recipient
Our mission at Pinterest is to inspire everyone to create a life they love. But we know you can’t really be inspired if you don’t feel represented. Our fund helps elevate the incredible work of underrepresented Creators, giving them a voice and platform, as well as a cash grant and access to tools and resources they need to succeed. I can’t wait to meet some of the UK’s most inspiring Black creators this time round, and help them connect to audiences around the world.
— Hannah Ngakane, Strategic Partner Manager at Pinterest