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Grants & Awards for Local Sections

New Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect Grant for 2020!

LSAC has authorized the creation of a grant program focusing specifically on DI&R. The Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect Grant for Local Sections will provide up to $2000 in funding for meaningful programming/activities that advance this core value. Naturally, each section’s interpretation of how to approach the topic may be very different and reviewers are expecting a wide array of varying activities and programs from your proposals.

We will begin accepting proposals for the DI&R Grant on October 12, 2020 and ask that sections complete their applications by November 8, 2020 at 11:59 pm EDT. Your section’s activity/program should take place between January 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021. You are strongly encouraged to include a plan for virtual activities should the need arise. 

When developing you proposal there are a few things that LSAC recommends you keep in mind: 

  1. The program/activity should have a broad impact on your section and should stimulate sustaned DI&R awareness. 
  2. Avoid the 'deficit model'. The 'deficit model' refers to the model put forth that marginalized people have a defict that must be overcome. 
  3. Diversity goes beyond race and includes color, religion, sex/gender identity, disability, and/or sexual orientation.

Some ideas for programs/activities include:

  • Speaker Series
  • Heritage Days
  • Scholarship Matching Funds
  • SEED/Scholars Program Activities
  • Undergraduate Research Support
  • Student Stipends for Safe Lab Work
  • Outreach to Underrepresented Communities/Schools
  • Adopt-a-High School
  • Diversity Professional Development
  • Book Clubs
  • Social Media Training

Grant Opportunities

Award Information

  • ChemLuminary Awards
    The ChemLuminary Awards honor and recognize ACS members and volunteers for their tremendous efforts on behalf of the Society.
  • Local Section Outreach Volunteers of the Year
    Sponsored by the Committee on Community Activities (CCA), Local Section Outreach Volunteers of the Year is a recognition program that highlights local section volunteers and their outstanding contributions to community outreach.
  • Local Section Public Relations Awards
    These awards are given to local sections by the Committee on Public Relations and Communications in an effort to recognize outstanding efforts by local sections to promote chemistry to the public.
  • Salutes to Excellence
    Salutes to Excellence is an award recognition program that affords ACS members and student affiliates an opportunity to recognize outstanding accomplishments, achievements or service for those who have made a positive impact on everyday life.