In October 2009, as a reflection of the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) continuing support of local-level advocacy efforts by ACS Chapters in their respective states, the Board of Governors Committee on Chapter Relations (GCCR) considered a proposal requesting the development and implementation of a chapter advocacy grant program to help support a state capitol lobby day. The proposal was supported and signed by 27 ACS chapters, and was unanimously accepted by the Board of Governors. The Board of Regents approved this program in February 2010, and renewed it in February 2012. As the program continues to 2016 and beyond, ACS Chapters interested in applying for a grant should download program application and guidelines.
Under this grant program, ACS chapters may apply annually for a grant for up to $5,000 in a given year, with the stipulation that they will match one dollar for every two received. For example, a grant of $5,000 would require a chapter match of $2,500, for a total of $7,500. Once grant recipients are selected, they will be assigned a member of the ACS State Affairs team to assist with the planning and on-site implementation of the event. Chapters are encouraged to download our State Lobby Day Toolkit.
Download program application and guidelines.
For questions about the Chapter Advocacy Grant Program, contact Justin Rosen, State Affairs Associate at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-672-1528.