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 $500 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: we have a limited amount of funding available for these grants. These grants will be distributed based on the order in which we receive them. The earlier we receive your application, the more likely you will receive funding!
How to Apply
Complete the online 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.
In 2012, starter grants were awarded to:
- 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)
In 2011, starter grants were awarded to:
- 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)
The starter grant program was piloted in 2010 with four grants. Starter grants were awarded to:
- Georgia Perimeter College (Dunwoody, GA)
- Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, NY)
- San Jose City College (San Jose, CA)
- Young Harris College (Young Harris, GA)
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.