Community Interaction Grant

Many studies point to the under-representation of minorities in the sciences. The Community Interaction Grant supports ACS Student Chapter projects and interactions that help improve the science learning experience of African American, Native American, Hispanic/Latino and Pacific Islander students, as well as economically disadvantaged students, in grades K-12.

ACS student chapters are eligible to receive up to $500 to support community interactions and projects. The ACS Undergraduate Programs Office awards ACS student chapters each year that provide K-12 minority students with enriched hands-on science activities and give ACS student members an opportunity to enhance their skills as future teachers and mentors.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for a Community Interaction Grant, chapters must:

  • Have active status. A chapter is considered active if:
    (1) A chapter report was submitted within the last three years
    (2) At least six ACS student members paid their ACS dues
  • Submit all financial reports for any chapter grants received during the academic year, if applicable. Projects which continue or show minor modifications of previous activities will not be funded.
  • Provide funds to match the amount of the grant

Project Goals

Your project should seek to:

  • Actively involve K-12 students, their teachers, and/or parents in hands-on science activities, as this a critical time for children to learn and become enthusiastic about the chemical sciences.
  • Enhance the involvement of your ACS student chapter in hands-on science education activities specifically targeting underserved minority children.
  • Strengthen the network of your ACS student chapter to interact with ACS local sections and other community groups.

Project Guidelines

Application Component
Requirements
Proposal Summary
  • 300 words or less
  • No bullets or lists, must be in narrative format
  • Identifies key program elements such as: event title, date, and meeting name
Proposal
  • Must not exceed 3 pages
  • Provides preliminary program/activity overview
  • Explains, in detail, program elements
  • Answers; What does the chapter hope to accomplish?
  • Identifes partnerships and roles of each partner
  • Details benefits for the chapter and target audience
  • Explains how the chapter plans to make this porgram repeatable
Budget
  • Budget proposals MUST use the Student Chapter Grants Budget Template (other formats will not be accepted)
  • Proposals must include anticipated income (grant funding, matching funds, in-kind donations, etc.)
  • Letters of support verifying that matched funds have been aquired are required and must be on OFFICIAL LETTERHEAD of the institution/organisation providing the funding
    • Factulty Advisors are not permitted to provide letters of support unless the advisor is the Department Chair
  • Chapters must provide a plan in their timeline to raise funds to cover negative costs for their program
Timeline
  • Student chapters will be asked to complete a timeline that identifies 30, 60, 90 day milestones measured from the event date
  • Timelines MUST include plans for post-event analysis, blog articles, and final report milestones no later than 30 days after the event

Student Chapter Grants Budget Template