PCMA Education Foundation Awards $90k in Meetings Industry Grants

The Educational Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has awarded $90,034 in meetings industry grants, it announced last week. The grants, which will fund a range of research and education projects intended to advance knowledge and best practices in the meetings profession, will be divided between 2009 and 2010, with $12,200 distributed in 2009 and $77,834 in 2010.

"It's important that the PCMA Education Foundation focuses on educating those already in the industry as well as fostering students to be the next generation of leaders," PCMA Education Foundation Executive Director Susan Salem Euritt said in a statement. "Grant giving is a crucial delivery on our mission."

The PCMA Education has approved a total of five grants to fund the following programs:

• Study on the impact of new pharmaceutical guidelines in relation to health care meeting planners ($2,200 for 2009)

• Convention and Visitors Bureau/Convention Stakeholders Program ($10,000 for 2009)

• Provide each PCMA chapter with one "Best in Class" educational program ($40,000 for 2010)

• Moderator training program ($20,000 for 2010)

• PCMA Annual Meeting student program ($17,834 for 2010)

"I'm delighted that even in this economy and with the current challenges our industry faces, that the foundation trustees have recognized the importance of continuing to fund key meetings industry initiatives," said 2009 PCMA Education Foundation Chair Michael Payne. "The PCMA Education Foundation's commitment to our industry continues to be evident through these 2009 and 2010 outlays."

The PCMA Education Foundation's next application deadline for grants is Nov. 30, 2009. For more information and an application, visit www.pcma.org/foundation/grants.