Local Section Funding & Awards

The American Chemical Society offers several grants and mini-grants to encourage local sections to spread their passion for chemistry throughout their communities. We also celebrate outstanding contributions by local sections and volunteers with awards.

Grants for Local Sections

Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: July 15, 2024

Corporation Associates Local Section & International Chapter Grant

Encouraging ACS local sections and international chapters to promote and host industry-focused events, such as job fairs and networking receptions.

Amount: Up to $5,000
Deadline: April 12, 2024

Global Innovation Grant

Supporting funding to ACS units, especially international chapters, for internationally collaborative and innovative activities/events.

Amount: Up to $25,000
Deadline: December 22, 2023

Global Innovation Imperatives (Gii)

Providing funding for a multi-day forum/conference that contributes to the resolution of global sustainability issues.

Amount: Up to $3,000
Deadline: September 15, 2024

Local Section Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) Grant

Providing up to $3,000 to local sections for embracing and advancing inclusion and equity across ACS and in their communities.

Amount: Up to $3,500
Deadline: June 30, 2024

Local Section Innovative Project Grant

Encouraging ACS local sections to conceive and implement innovative projects as well as maintain growth.

Amount: Up to $2,000
Deadline: May 31, 2024

Local Section Member Engagement and EnhancemenT (LS-MEET)

The Local Section Member Engagement and EnhancemenT (LS-MEET) grant program is designed to specifically strengthen and build community in Local Sections of the American Chemical Society.

Amount: Up to $500
Deadline: July 1, 2024

Local Section Sustainability Programming Grant

Promoting opportunities to increase awareness of the essential role of chemistry in responding to sustainability challenges.

Amount: $500
Deadline: September 30, 2024

Science Café Mini-Grant

Providing a relaxed, open venue for nonscientists and scientists to discuss current topics. By hosting a Science Café, you can help promote scientific literacy within your local community and invigorate your local section about questions of the day with a scientific underpinning.

Amount: $1,500 - $4,500
Deadline: July 15, 2024

Trust in Science and Scientists Grant

Encourages ACS groups to conceive of and implement programming and efforts that showcase trust in science and scientists.

Awards for Local Sections & Volunteers

Amount: -
Deadline: February 15, 2022

ChemLuminary Award for Outstanding Sustainability Activities

Recognizing a local section that has introduced a new and outstanding program promoting sustainability at the local level.

Amount: No cash award available
Deadline: February 15, 2024

ChemLuminary Awards

Recognizing ACS Local Sections, Technical Divisions, Regional Meetings, and International Chemical Sciences Chapters for their work in promoting chemistry.

Amount: -
Deadline: February 15, 2025

Local Section Public Relations Awards

Recognizing outstanding efforts by ACS local sections to promote chemistry to the public or to local section members.

Amount: -
Deadline: December 15, 2024

Outreach Volunteer of the Year Award

Recognizing the immeasurable efforts made by ACS local section and international chapter volunteers who conduct outreach and teach the public about chemistry.

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