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Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day Grant Program

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. ACS Chapters interested in applying for a grant should download the program application and guidelines below.

Under this grant program, ACS chapters may apply annually for a grant for up to $5,000 or an enhanced grant for $15,000 in a given year. The standard lobby day grant requires that a chapter 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. The enhanced $15,000 grant requires a chapter match of $5,000. 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 the standard program application and guidelines

Download the enhanced program application and guidelines

For questions about the Chapter Advocacy Grant Program, contact Christopher Johnson, State Affairs Associate, at or 202-672-1502.