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Domestic Chapter Membership Recruitment Grant Program 2022 Criteria

To help stimulate recruitment efforts for domestic chapters, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) launched the Domestic Chapter Membership Recruitment Grant Program in November 2020. The aim of the program is to financially support domestic chapters seeking to increase chapter revenue from dues-eligible Fellows and Associate Fellows.

Grant Size

Chapters may request up to $1,000 under this program. Chapters must match at least 50% of the requested amount.  For example, if a chapter applies for $1,000, a $500 contribution from the chapter is required.

Eligibility

Chapters must meet the following criteria to apply for a grant:

  • Be an ACS chapter in the United States or Canada
  • Have completed the most recent Chapter Annual Report (currently 2021 year)
  • Have a valid EIN number and be current with IRS tax returns (US chapters only)

Application Information

Chapters must complete a brief online application, which requires the following information:

  • Chapter name and contact information
  • Name and role of at least one Chapter Officer who champions application
  • List recruitment goals for 2022
  • Overview of how the grant funds will be used to recruit dues-paying Fellows and Associate Fellows
  • Detailed budget for how the funds will be used
  • Grant amount requested from ACS and the chapter match
  • List of current dues-paying Fellows and Associate Fellows

Important Dates

Chapters can apply for the Recruitment Grant throughout the year. The Board of Governors Chapter Activities Domestic Workgroup is responsible for reviewing the grant applications and will meet every two months. Applications should be received by the following dates: 

  • March 7, 2022—Deadline for March Workgroup meeting
  • April 29, 2022—Deadline for May Workgroup meeting
  • June 30, 2022—Deadline for July Workgroup meeting
  • August 31, 2022—Deadline for September Workgroup meeting
  • October 31, 2022—Deadline for November Workgroup meeting

Grant awardees will be notified of the decision shortly after each meeting.

What Grants Can Be Used For

All reasonable recruitment initiatives will be considered provided they target dues-eligible Fellows and Associate Fellows.  We want chapter leaders to use their imaginations so that successful recruitment initiatives can be shared with the chapter community.

Examples of What Grants Cannot Be Used For

  • Subsidizing dues for a targeted member category
  • Initiatives involving medical students
  • Initiatives involving residents or those in fellowship except for aiding to transition them to Associate Fellows
  • Initiatives involving retired or senior Fellows unless they are eligible to pay dues to the chapter
  • Advocacy and lobby day initiatives

Reporting

Chapters will be required to provide a report on how the grant funds were used and the overall impact the funds had on increasing dues-eligible members. Chapters will be ineligible to apply for grants in subsequent years until the report is submitted. Grants should be spent within a year of them being approved.

Unused Funds

Funds that chapters receive but are unused after a year will be returned to the ACS.

Submission Process

All grant applications must be submitted via Recruitment Grant Application Form.

Questions

All questions about the grant program should be directed to Luke Moreau at lmoreau@facs.org or 312-965-2922.