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Chapter State Advocacy Grant Program

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) provides 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 2021, the grant program was revised as the ACS State Advocacy Grant Program to provide ACS Chapters more flexibility to engage on state legislative issues important to the practice of surgery and delivery of quality patient care.

ACS chapters may apply for an advocacy grant to support their state advocacy goals. Chapters are required to match at least 50 percent of the amount requested in the grant application. 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 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.