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.

Applications are accepted April 1 – June 1 annually

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 2017-2018 school year. 

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  • 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 Club's proposed activity/event and the goals associated with it.
  • If you have done the activity/event before, how will you enhance the activity this year?
Audience & Outcomes
  • Who is the expected audience for the event, including ages/grades and number of people? How will they benefit from the grant?
  • 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 materials and facilities will be required?
  • What hazards (potential danger or harm to a person's health or life) may be present in the activities and materials listed above?
  • Do you have Safety Data Sheets available for the chemicals that will be used in the activities?
  • How will you ChemClub minimize the risks of the activities?
    (Consider personal protective equipment, chemical quantities, and the resources available at the location of your planned activities.)
  • How will the audience be informed of all safety guidelines?
Proposed Budget & Timeline  
  • What is your proposed schedule from the planning phase through the final event/activity?
  • Will others, such as another club, an outside group, etc., be involved? If so, what will the other group's responsibilities be?
  • 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
  • Statement of support completed and signed by a school administrator (principal, superintendent, department chair)
  • Your 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.

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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:

  • A blog post about your activity/even, including pictures with signed photo release forms for everyone featured
Ottawa Township High School, Ottawa, IL

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