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Chapter State Advocacy Grant Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) provide support of state-level advocacy efforts of ACS chapters in their respective states including financial support provided through the state advocacy grant program.

In October 2010, the Board of Regents, with support from the Board of Governors Committee on Chapter Relations (GCCR) and 27 ACS chapters, approved the ACS Chapter Advocacy Lobby Day Program. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that forced state legislatures to restrict access to state capitols and abruptly cancel regular sessions, the grant program has been revised for 2021 as the ACS State Advocacy Grant Program to provide flexibility to adapt to the changing health and political environment to engage on state legislative issues important to the practice of surgery and delivery of quality patient care.

Under the revised grant program for 2021, ACS chapters may apply for an advocacy grant to support their 2021 state advocacy goals. ACS chapters that received a grant in 2020 but were unable to utilize the grant funds to support advocacy efforts in 2020 have been notified that those funds can be carried over to be used in 2021. The remaining ACS chapters can apply for an advocacy grant using the application below. The $15,000 Enhanced Advocacy Grant will not be made available in 2021.

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 and State Advocacy Meeting Toolkits.

A Frequently Asked Questions document is also provided below to highlight the changes made to the program.

Download the 2021 State Advocacy Grant Application

Download the Frequently Asked Questions

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