Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

We are a dynamic and visionary organization committed to improving people’s lives in our community through the transforming power of chemistry.  We strive to advance the broader chemistry enterprise and its practitioners for the benefit of Kalamazoo, Allegan and Van Buren counties.

Chem-Able Matching Grant Program

Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Section of the American Chemical Society

Download the Chem-Able submission form here.


The purpose of the Chem-Able matching grant program is to assist chemical professionals and students in obtaining training or experience to improve chances of employment or re-employment.


Funds provided under this program may be used to partially defray the costs of

  • training sessions
  • Meeting costs (where a presentation is being made or workshop held)
  • travel to training or meeting Funds mayNOT be used for:
  • meals or entertainment
  • taxi, unless necessary for airport access

Award amount

Typical awards will be less than $500, and are limited to no more than 90% of the total allowable costs.


Chemical professionals residing or working within the Kalamazoo Section or students enrolled at accredited post-secondary institutions within the Kalamazoo Section who are declared chemistry majors or conducting chemical research. (Members of the grant review committee are not eligible for this program.)

Proposals should include:

  • Brief (<1 page) declaration of how the proposed training or experience would improve the applicant’s employability
  • A short description of the specific use of any grant funds.
  • Documentation of the proposed training or experience, including costs.
  • Curriculum vitae or résumé
  • Contact information of at least two references who can comment on the suitability of the proposed activity for improving employability.

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis with awards made as funds permit. Awarded funds will generally be distributed as reimbursement upon submission of a brief report after the event.

Submit materials to:
KACS Chem-Able Grants
c/o Chemistry Dept – MS5413
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Donate to support the Chem-Able Matching Grant: KACSGrants@gmail.com