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.
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.
- 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.
Grant and School Information
- Project Title
- Proposal Category (Science Outreach Event, Community Improvement, Field Trip, Speaker, Other)
- School/Contact Information
- 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