ChemClub Community Activities Grant
Community Activity Grants support chartered ACS ChemClubs in community interactions by service projects or improving science learning experiences. Chartered ChemClubs are eligible to receive up to $300. Community activities done in collaboration with ACS Local Sections, ACS Student Chapters, or othe ChemClubs are eligible to receive up to $500.
Applications for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted in the fall of 2020. Dates to be announced by August.
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 2020-2021 school year.
- If you received a grant during the previous academic year, your grant blog post 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 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 or another ChemClub–$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.
Increase your chances
Watch these webinars:
- Enhance Your Chemistry Classroom with Other People's Money – a walk through the grant writing process
- Use Other People's Money to Enhance Your Classroom - hear from two teacher's on how they have used the ACS grants
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, Local Section, or another ChemClub).
- 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.
- Creativity/originality of the event
- Involves the community
- Activities are chemistry-related