ACS Student Communities Starter Grant
Grant at a Glance
Starter Grants are available to support the creation of new Student Chapters, International Student Chapters, or Graduate Student Organizations (GSO). These grants are for up to $300 and must be used to directly support the chartering of a new student community, including to fund ACS student membership.
The ACS Student Communities Starter Grant is for undergraduate and graduate institutions interested in starting or re-activating, after five years of inactivity, a student chapter or GSO.
Grants are distributed in the Spring and Fall on a first-come, first served basis. Up to 20 grants will be awarded per year.
Communities use this grant to grow and apply for an ACS charter. All student chapters and GSOs 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.
- The application must be for a two- or four-year institution that has not had an active student chapter or GSO 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.
- Receiving a starter grant does not activate your chapter. You must still complete the charter application process:
- Newly formed chapters that have recently received their charters are not eligible for this grant. However, you may apply for other ACS student community grants.
- Institutional Employer Identification Number (EIN) (U.S. institutions only)
The EIN can usually be obtained from your institution’s accounting or fundraising 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 web address for it.
- Proposed budget and timeline for formation or reactivation
Budget and timeline do not need to be detailed, but they should indicate a coherent plan for starting the chapter or organization.