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

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

Recently Funded Grants

Planning for the Meetings of Tomorrow:
The Present and Future of Technology in Business Events

This report aims to give business events industry professionals information that can help them think creatively and strategically about how to incorporate technology into their events. Read the highlight article and download the full report here.

Weaponization of Travel

The study, conducted in partnership with Destinations International, examines the impact of boycotts on the business events industry providing much needed information for event organizers and destinations to navigate these situations. Download the full report here.

Business Events Bootcamp:

This online and self-paced PCMA Business Event Bootcamp course is designed to give you and/or your team unlimited access to the latest trends and critical information for successful event planning.

Best in Class Chapter Education Program:

This program provides each PCMA chapter with a top-ranked speaker to deliver an educational program supporting regional education strategies. See PCMA Chapter pages for more information on specific programming.

Digital Event Strategist:

Become an authority on live stream and digital events. The DES certification is designed to help you effectively plan, produce and measure the results of your live stream and digital engagement events.

Coming Soon:

Evolving Skills of the Event Organizer

(in the December issue of Convene magazine)
A new PCMA survey, funded through a grant by the PCMA Education Foundation, reveals how corporate and association execs view the meeting professionals in their organizations, casting light on the business skills they’re satisfied with and those they see growing in importance in the constantly evolving face-to-face marketplace.

Future Meeting Space, Phase 2

In partnership with the German Convention Bureau and Future Meeting Space Innovation Alliance, phase 2 will build upon the results of phase 1 by exploring different types of participants, how they are impacted by meeting methodology and technology, and how these affect success factors such as use acceptance and knowledge sharing. This study will be released in the Fall of 2018. See the results of Future Meeting Space, Phase 1.

ROI of Attending

In partnership with the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR), this project breaks new ground by studying what constitutes attendee ROI. The process of evaluating the outcome of attending, whether this process is formal or informal will be explored as well identifying and quantifying the most popular metrics attendees use for this purpose. This study will be released in the Spring/Summer of 2018.

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 to Stacey Shafer at, indicating “Letter of Inquiry” in the subject line of the email.

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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.

See the impact the Foundation has on the industry

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