Incredible Impacts Programme

What is the Incredible Impacts Programme

The Incredible Impacts Programme celebrates the “beyond tourism” value of international association meetings to create a powerful platform to advocate their positive societal impact. A panel of independent judges form the association world will determine which meetings have proven impact to award three grants of USD 7,500 on behalf of BestCities Global Alliance and ICCA.

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Who can apply?

Any international association whose meeting fits any of the following criteria:

  • Knowledge and/or skills transfers to developing countries – especially if carried out in a creative manner or with very high impact
  • Knowledge and/or skills transfers to disadvantaged groups.
  • Facilitating attendance and active participation by delegates from developing countries or disadvantaged groups (eg ex-refugees).
  • Public awareness-raising of an environmental, healthcare, or societal challenge or potential solution.
  • Policy-maker awareness-raising of an environmental, healthcare-related, or societal challenge or potential solution.
  • Educational outreach in the host destination (eg to schools or universities, or even the general public).
  • Advancing or empowering young, future intellectual and/or societal leaders – from within the association or beyond.
  • Long-lasting legacy programmes delivered within the host destination (could be charity, investment, R&D, scholarships, etc).

We are also open to any other proposal covers the general objective of this programme.

Nominate your association

Associations can nominate themselves or candidate associations can be nominated by any ICCA member.

Application process


Qualifying criteria – 1st round
If the association meeting meets any of the given criteria, please sumbit the contact information a and the general description and argument why you believe your entry should be considered.

After this first round, all shortlisted associations (a maximum of 12 entries) will be requested to submit more information for the 2nd round. All applicants will be contacted to receive notification whether they have been selected for the 2nd round.

Qualifying criteria – 2nd round

Shortlisted candidates are requested to complete a form with back-up documentation or links to websites for the following:

  1. Objective(s) of the programme/project
  2. Clear description (including history, how it works, who participates, etc)
  3. Particularly creative, innovative, or impact elements in the programme
  4. Evidence of impact/success
  5. Testimonials by participants, or from other stakeholders, or links to where this info can be obtained
  6. How they would like to expand or enhance the programme if their association received the grant of US$7,500.

Judging panel

  • Joelle Verluyten, European AIDS Clinical Society
  • Gretchen Gasteier, Women Deliver
  • Yin-Chun (Ingrid) Yeh, the Garden of Hope Foundation
  • Kirstin Miller, Ecocity Builders
  • Deborah Thomas, Soroptimist International


The jury will select three grant recipients from the maximum of 12 submissions and announce three winners. The three winners will be requested to present their case study at the ICCA Congress*.  * Cost of attending the ICCA Congress (registration fee, travel and accommodation) will be covered by ICCA.

Past Winners