Local Section Innovative Projects Grant Program

The ACS Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC) funds new local section projects through Local Section Innovative Projects Grants (IPGs). This program encourages local sections to conceive of and implement innovative projects to strengthen the functioning of the local section.

Proposed innovative projects must 1) be new to the applying local section, 2) stimulate local section member involvement, and 3) be pilot projects for a continuing section activity or else take advantage of a unique upcoming opportunity for the local section.

Projects that support interaction with other ACS local sections, ACS divisions, ACS committees, other professional associations, or community groups are especially encouraged, as are programs that foster inclusiveness and participation of diverse section membership or segments of the general public.

Application Procedures

The IPG application form details the requirements, which include:
  • Information and Summary sheet (one page).
  • Full description of the project including objectives, plan of action, line-item budget, and evaluation plan (two pages maximum).

Also required are:

  • Letter or email of support from the current local section chair (or Executive Committee member if the Chair is Project Coordinator).
  • Letters or emails of support from co-sponsoring local sections, divisions, committees, or other community groups, if applicable.

Awards will be up to $3,000 per application. There are some restrictions on IPG funding. Specifically, funds from the IPG program may not be used for:

  • Honoraria
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Meals for local section members
  • Pass-through donations to other individuals or organizations

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IPG Timing and Dates

  • Only one proposal per local section per year will be funded, dating from the last submission date.
  • Application deadlines occur twice yearly: January 31 and June 30.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by LSAC and local sections will be notified of funding before June 1 and October 1.
  • Funds will be distributed by June 15 and October 15.
  • A funded project should be completed within 12 months of the award date.
  • A final report describing how the funds were used and the impact the project had must be submitted to LSAC within three months of completion of the funded project.
  • Funding will be awarded to a section only if it has submitted its most recent annual report.
  • Funding will be awarded to a section only if it has submitted a final report for any previous IPGs.

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