ChemClub Community Activities Grant

Community Activity Grants support chartered ACS ChemClubs in community interactions by service projects or improving science learning experiences. ChemClub Grants began in 2009 with a generous donation from then ACS President, Tom Lane.

Chartered ChemClubs are eligible to receive up to $300. Community activities done in collaboration with ACS Local Sections or ACS Student Chapters are eligible to receive up to $500.

To be eligible for a ChemClub Community Activity Grant, your club must meet the following requirements:

  • Your club must be a chartered ACS ChemClub for the 2015-2016 school year. 

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  • Current ChemClubs must submit an annual report.

  • If you received a grant during the previous academic year, your grant final report must be on file.

  • If collaborating on a project with an ACS student chapter, the chapter must have an “active” status, or an ACS Local Section, there must be a defined role for both the ACS ChemClub and the collaborating group.


Tanque Verde High School, Tucson, AZ
Grant and School Information
  • Project Title
  • Proposal Category (Science Outreach Event, Community Improvement, Field Trip, Speaker, Other)
  • School/Contact Information
Project Rationale
  • Summarize your activity/event and goals in 100 words or less.
  • If you have done the activity/event before, how will you enhance the activity this year?
Audience & Outcomes
  • Who is your main audience? How will they benefit from this project?
  • What is one chemistry concept that the audience should understand after your activity/project? How will you determine the audience has understood that one chemistry concept?
  • What will the ChemClub members learn from this project?
Project Description & Safety Considerations
  • What science/chemistry topics will be addressed? How will the topics be addressed (by activities, experiments, speakers, etc.)? What safety precautions are necessary for for each activity/experiment?
  • How will the ChemClub ensure that appropriate safety precautions are taken throughout the project?
  • How will the audience be informed of all safety guidelines?
Proposed Budget & Timeline  
  • What is your timetable for the project?
  • Will others, outside of the ChemClub, be involved? If so, what will their involvement be?
  • What materials and facilities will be required?
  • Enter an itemized budget (materials/supplies, travel, communications, etc.)
    Requests cannot exceed $300, or if partnered with an ACS Local Section or Student Chapter – $500
  • Name and amount of funds from any other sources
Support Statement & Signature

The grant activity must involve the community and be chemistry-related. Examples include:

  • science demonstrations at a local elementary or middle school
  • recycling program for your community
  • tutoring programs for chemistry students 

ChemClub members must be heavily involved in the planning and execution of the project.

Your grant application will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Budget items support the proposed activities and does not exceed $300 (or $500 if partnered with a Student Chapter or Local Section).
  • Application uses language that is clear, concise and free of spelling or grammatical errors.
  • Responses align with the questions posed.
  • Safety concerns are addressed and will be shared with the intended audience.
  • Proposed plan is possible within the school year and budget.

Once the project is complete, your club must submit the following:

  • Receipts showing use of funds
  • A short explanation of the activity
  • Pictures of the activity with signed photo release forms for everyone featured
Ottawa Township High School, Ottawa, IL

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