Local Section Sustainability Programming Grant

Grant at a Glance

Recipient Chemistry Professional, Volunteer
Category Community Recognition,  Green Chemistry
AmountUp to $500
DeadlineFebruary 1, 2024


To promote opportunities that enhance the chemical community’s awareness of and the essential role of chemistry in responding to sustainability challenges.


As part of the ACS Strategic Plan Goals #2 and #4, the American Chemical Society intends to be a global leader in enlisting the world’s scientific professionals to address the challenges facing our world. It is essential to ensure that the solutions to those challenges are environmentally sustainable.

Sustainability means providing for the environmental and human health, economic and societal needs of today without compromising the progress and success of future generations. It addresses the major challenges of energy, food for a growing population, and clean drinking water.

In support of this objective, the ACS Committee on Environmental Improvement has partnered with the Local Section Activities Committee to promote opportunities that enhance the chemical community’s awareness of and the essential role of chemistry in responding response to sustainability challenges.

Chemists can have a vital role in each of these objectives.

Grants of up to $500 are available on a rolling basis to enable sustainability related programming that communicates the role of chemistry. 

Applications are reviewed at each ACS Meeting and must be received four weeks in advance thereof for consideration.

This mini-grant program is designed to encourage local sections to develop programming, in the broadest possible sense, that furthers the discussion of sustainability within the chemical enterprise.

All avenues of programming will be considered, including (but not limited to) speakers at local section meetings, Science Cafés, workshops, educational programs, community events, or other innovative programming concepts.

How to Apply

Complete the application form and return it by 20 business days prior to an ACS Meeting to:

Will Hartwig, Staff Liaison, Committee on Environment & Sustainability
American Chemical Society
1155 16th St., NW, Room H525
Washington, DC 20036
Email: w_hartwig@acs.org

Reporting Requirements

Complete the report form within 30 days of your event and return to Will Hartwig.

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