Starter Grants for Two-Year Colleges


ACS student chapters are a great way to engage college students of all backgrounds and majors. From outreach to study groups to chemistry-themed events, members participate in a wide range of activities that enhance their college experience and prepare them for successful careers.

Two-year colleges are eligible for starter grants to support the formation of a new ACS student chapter or the reactivation of an inactive chapter at their institution. The $300 grants are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants throughout the year.


To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • The grant must be used for the development of a new ACS student chapter at a two-year college or the reactivation of an inactive chapter at a two-year college. Although new chapters are encouraged to partner with existing chapters, the starter grants cannot be used to support activities of existing chapters.
  • A faculty advisor must be identified. The faculty advisor can be any faculty member of any rank and must be an ACS member in good standing.
  • A complete application packet must be submitted.

Please note: receipt of a starter grant does not activate your chapter. You must still complete the charter application process.

How to Apply

Complete the application form

Please have the following information available:

  • Institutional contact information and Employer Identification Number (EIN): the EIN can usually be obtained from your institution’s accounting or fund-raising office.
  • Personal and faculty advisor contact information: contact information will be used only for communication regarding the starter grant.
  • Your institution’s student club policy
  • Proposed budget for starting the ACS student chapter
  • Proposed timeline for formation or reactivation of the ACS student chapter

Materials do not need to be detailed, but they should be complete.

Past Winners

2013 Winners

  • Austin Community College (Austin, TX)
  • Camden County College, Blackwood Campus (Blackwood, NJ)
  • Carroll Community College (Westminster, MD)
  • Cerro Coso Community College (Ridgecrest, CA)
  • Dallas County Community College District-Mountain View College (Dallas, TX)
  • Highland Community College (Highland, KS)
  • Imperial Valley College (Imperial, CA)
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf (Rochester, NY)
  • Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale, VA (Annandale, VA)
  • Pima Community College, East Campus (Tucson, AZ)
  • Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, CA)
  • State Fair Community College- Sedalia (Sedalia, MO)
  • Yakima Valley Community College (Yakima, WA)

2012 Winners

  • Big Bend Community College (Moses Lake, WA)
  • College of the Canyons (Santa Clarita, CA)
  • Craven Community College (New Bern, NC)
  • El Camino College (Torrance, CA)
  • Kankakee Community College (Kankakee, IL)
  • Moorpark College (Moorpark, CA)
  • Northwest Shoals Community College (Phil Campbell, AL)
  • Pellissippi State Technical Community College (Knoxville, TN)
  • Peninsula College (Port Angeles, WA)
  • Pasadena City College ( Pasadena, CA)
  • San Joaquin Delta College (Stockton, CA)
  • Stark State College (North Canton, OH)
  • State University of New York–Adirondack (Queensbury, NY)
  • Wallace Community College (Dothan, AL)

2011 Winners

  • Atlanta Metropolitan College (Atlanta, GA)
  • Brunswick Community College (Supply, NC)
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College (Cincinnati, OH)
  • Cleveland State Community College (Cleveland, TN)
  • Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Wesson, MS)
  • Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill, CA)
  • Eastern Oklahoma State College (Wilburton, OK)
  • Houston Community College—NW (Houston, TX)
  • Piedmont Technical College (Greenwood, SC)
  • University of Wisconsin—Fox Valley (Menasha, WI)
  • Valencia College (Orlando, FL)
  • Wilbur Wright College (Chicago, IL)

2010 Winners

  • Georgia Perimeter College (Dunwoody, GA)
  • Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, NY)
  • San Jose City College (San Jose, CA)
  • Young Harris College (Young Harris, GA)

Contact Us

For more information or to start an ACS student chapter at your two-year college, email the ACS Undergraduate Programs Office or call 1-800-227-5558, ext. 4565.