In October 2009, as a reflection of the American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) 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. The program continues in 2016 and beyond. ACS Chapters interested in applying for a grant should download the 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.
New for 2017 is a pilot program along with the original lobby day program. The pilot provides one larger grant of $15,000 with a required chapter match of $5,000. A chapter selected to receive this grant will be expected to engage in a much more enhanced state advocacy initiative than is part of the original lobby day grant program. For more information, download the pilot program application and guidelines.
For questions about the Chapter Advocacy Grant Program, contact Jon Sutton, State Affairs Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-672-1526.