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Associations urged to enter $7,500 Incredible Impacts Programme

BestCities Alliance and ICCA are looking for associations who can demonstrate positive legacy

L-R Martin Sirk, ICCA, Tracy Bury, WCPT, Pat Davies, WPC,and Paul Vallee, BestCities

Associations who can demonstrate the positive impact their meetings have on society are being given the chance to scoop a US$7,500 grant to help them continue their good work.

BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA, the organisations behind the Incredible Impacts Programme, are looking for associations to share examples of how they are leaving positive legacies.

With three grants of US $7,500 available, entrants have the opportunity to be recognised for their innovative work while securing funds that can be used towards future legacy projects.

The scheme was launched last year and attracted 20 entries which were judged by a panel of association executives. The winners were announced at last year’s ICCA Congress in Prague.

The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH), the World Confederation for Physical Therapy and the World Parkinson Coalition each received $7,500.

Louise St. Germain, ISTH director of membership and marketing, said: “The Incredible Impacts Programme is an amazing platform for associations like ISTH to showcase the creative ways they are addressing issues beyond tourism. Receiving the $7,500 grant has enabled us to further build awareness of the critical condition of Thrombosis and Haemostasis than ever before. The money will be utilised to develop and distribute additional online and print resources that will be crucial to the education of health care providers and the public which is such a fantastic step forward for us.”

Paul Vallee, managing director of BestCities, said: “Last year’s Incredible Impacts submissions drew attention to the inspiring work being done with standout examples from Twitter chat events that made global impressions to fresh approaches to inclusivity that reached both attending and non-attending audiences. It is important to acknowledge and celebrate those within the industry who are showing leading practice and our ultimate goal is to have their examples to inspire others.”

ICCA chief executive, Martin Sirk, said: “Whether trying to influence government policy, drawing public attention to healthcare challenges, or simply finding new ways to provide support for disadvantaged groups of their members or stakeholders, associations are always aiming to make a positive difference, and so we’re delighted to be able to support them and to showcase their stories in this innovative way.”

Those interested in applying for the 2018 grants must demonstrate a track-record in “beyond tourism” or legacy programme/project related to their international meetings.

The first round of submissions must be received before 1 August 2018.  Shortlisted applicants will be asked to share further information for the second stage of the programme.

For further information on the Incredible Impacts Grant and for details on how to submit your nomination visit: or ICCA’s Knowledge Hub on

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