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New Activities Grant

What does making maple syrup have in common with a tour of a local brewery? Both are examples of student-led programming funded by the ACS New Activities Grant.

The New Activities Grant helps active ACS student chapters fund innovative chemistry-related projects for the first time. Through this program, chapters are eligible to receive up to $500 in matching-funds to help bring their ideas to life.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for an New Activities Grant, chapters must:

  1. Be a chartered ACS student chapter with active status
  2. Have obtained matching funds
  3. Must have submitted a final report for any New Activities Grant awards within the last 3 years. 
  4. Available only to domestic chapters (United States & Puerto Rico)

Student Chapter Grants Budget Template

Proposal Guidelines

Application Component
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
  • Must not exceed 3 pages
  • 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 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
  • Timelines MUST include plans for post-event analysis and final report milestones no later than 30 days after the event

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