…It’s our obligation to coach the next generation and to ensure
the sustainability of well-trained professionals in the future.”

Dana L. Saal, CMP, CAE, Saal Meeting Consulting

How We Make Investments

The PCMA Education Foundation funds programs that inspire the meetings and business events community through senior level education; ground-breaking research; and individual scholarships which help to create new generations of event strategists throughout the world.

Apply for A Grant

Our grant process requires that you submit a Letter of Inquiry first prior to a full proposal.
All Letters of Inquiry must include:

  • Information about you/your organization

    This should be brief and include the name and history of your organization/projects and how what you currently do will help accomplish the project’s goals with the funding requested.

  • Topic & brief summary

    1-2 sentences about the project or topic.

  • How your project connects with our goals

    1-2 sentences that show how the project links to the Foundation’s Strategic Plan and Areas of Focus

  • Milestones

    A brief timeline of key milestones and overview of methodology.

  • Outputs

    The reports, products, tools, etc. that you hope to accomplish with funding.

  • Funding amount requested in USD

    The median grant amount for projects funded in recent years is $20,155 falling into a complete bell curve range of approximately $5,000-$50,000 and a normal range of approximately $10,000-$25,000.

  • 15% or less of overhead

    Overhead, indirect costs, and facilities and equipment expenses shall not exceed fifteen percent (15%) of the grant amount.

Each submission must meet the deadline and be sent via the form below. The Foundation has developed a guide to assist with submissions here.  Please contact with any questions.

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What We Do Not Fund

The PCMA Education Foundation does not fund projects that benefit an individual’s personal matters, any commercial and/or financial interests, venture capital proposals, capital improvements, business equipment or supplies, endowments or other projects/initiatives that do not align with PCMA’s Strategic Plan.

Proposals are accepted from the U.S. and internationally, however all proposals must be submitted in English and budgets must be proposed in U.S. Dollars.

Please click here to view recently funded grants.

See the impact the Foundation has on the industry

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