Advancing the concrete masonry and hardscape industry by supporting education and research.

The mission of the NCMA Education and Research Foundation is to advance and support the concrete masonry and hardscape industry and the public interest through research and educational programs designed to meet the future needs of the industry.

The concrete masonry industry continues to face new and increased demands and challenges.  Due to this ever-changing environment, the NCMA Education and Research Foundation, incorporated in 1988, presents members with the opportunity to make a difference and secure the industry’s success today and in the future. While the Foundation corpus remains intact, interest from the corpus is used each year to distribute grants to programs that members believe will help advance the concrete masonry and hardscape industry.  To date, the Foundation has invested more than $2M in grants to industry research for codes and standards, educational opportunities for architectural and engineering students, and workforce development programs.

Merry Beth Hall Memorial Recognition Campaign

A Memorial Recognition Campaign has been created to honor Merry Beth Hall, former ICPI Education Director and CMHA’s Chief Operating Officer. This campaign will provide an opportunity for contributions to be made in memory of Merry Beth in support of both the ICPI and NCMA industry Foundations.  Contributions will be made in her name as a legacy contributor to the endowment of the ICPI Foundation and the NCMA Foundation. Use the buttons below to Contribute to either or both of the foundations to honor Merry Beth.

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Foundation Programs

Find out more about Foundation-funded programs and industry efforts.


Students interested in concrete masonry can apply for two Foundation scholarships.
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Submitting a Grant

Educators and researchers looking to partner with the industry can find information on submitting grants here.
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These forward-thinking companies have contributed to support Foundation efforts.
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Foundation Leadership

The Foundation is governed by industry visionaries. See them here.
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Contact the Foundation

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Help Support the Foundation

The Foundation’s efforts are only possible through the support of the industry. Learn more about the various ways you can contribute

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