Student Chapter Starter Grant

The Student Chapter Starter Grant is for two-year and four-year institutions that are interested in starting a new ACS Student Chapter or re-activating a chapter that has been inactive for at least five years. Chapters use the grants to grow and apply for an ACS charter. Chapters with active ACS charters are eligible for other grants, awards, and professional development opportunities.

The ACS Student Chapters program is designed to enhance the college experience and prepare students for successful careers. Students coordinate and participate in wide range of activities, including community service, chemistry-themed events, science demonstrations, study groups, and trips to technical meetings and local chemical companies.

When are grants distributed?

Grants are distributed in the Spring and Fall on a first-come, first served basis. Up to 20 grants will be awarded per year.

To be eligible, the following requirements must be met:

  • The application must be for a two- or four-year college or university that has not had an active ACS student chapter in the past five years.
  • A faculty advisor must be identified. The faculty advisor can be any faculty member of any rank who is a current ACS member.

Important Notes

  • Receiving a starter grant does not activate your chapter. You must still complete the charter application process in order to become an ACS student chapter.
  • Newly formed chapters that have recently received their charters are not eligible for starter grants, however they are for ACS student chapter grants.
  • Applications for the domestic Student Chapter Starter Grant received before the 25th of the month will be processed in the month they were submitted. Any applications received after the 25th will be processed during the following month. 

Domestic Chapters
(US & Puerto Rico)

Applications received before the 25th of the month will be processed in the month they were submitted. Any application received after the 25th will be processed at the end of the following month.

International Chapters
(Outside of the US & Puerto Rico)

International schools can apply year-round.

Application Requirements

  • Institutional Employer Identification Number (EIN)--U.S. institutions only
    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.
  • Institutional student club policy 
    Ultimately, your chapter will need to also be an official club at your institution. You may copy & paste your institution's policy or simply provide the URL for it. 
  • Proposed budget and timeline for formation or reactivation of the ACS student chapter
    Budget and timeline do not need to be detailed, but they should indicate a coherent plan for starting the chapter.

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