GCSAA Chapter Outreach Grant Program

Although GCSAA dedicates considerable resources to national outreach, those efforts alone are not enough to achieve desired results. For this reason, GCSAA has established a fund to help chapters engage in activities that complement its efforts to communicate the value of membership to key constituents, primarily golfers and employers.

For more information

Contact Angela Hartmann, director, marketing and communications, at 800-472-7878, ext. 3647, or ahartmann@gcsaa.org.

Grant guidelines

The GCSAA communications department determines that each application meets the guidelines for eligibility and then a GCSAA member task group reviews all applications.

The following criteria are used for outreach awards:

  1. First priority will be given to those chapters that have not received a grant in the last three years.
  2. The chapter must start its outreach activities within two calendar years. For example: awards granted in 2021 must be used by the end of 2022.
  3. The chapter must provide matching funds equal to the amount requested. For example: A request of $1,500 must be equaled by at least $1,500 from the chapter.
  4. The outreach activity should address a specific communications need, but not be a duplication of efforts undertaken by the GCSAA at the national level on behalf of the membership. For example: a request for money for general promotional materials will not be approved, since GCSAA provides print, audio and video collateral communications at the national level. But, a request for funds to buy commercial time using the national message on radio or television with a chapter tag line would be considered.
  5. Funds must be requested for future programs and not retroactively for past efforts.
  6. GCSAA reserves the right to request the return of outreach funds if not used in accordance of the guidelines as detailed on the application.
  7. Funds will not be approved to supplement current staff salaries. However, funds will be considered for freelance support or intern stipends to work on a specific communications outreach project.
  8. Any chapter request may not exceed $3,000.

The following chapters were awarded a Chapter Outreach Grant in 2020.

  • Connecticut Association of GCS
    Created materials, pop-up signage and banners for trade show events and development of digital graphics templates to use for marketing to non-members.
  • Georgia GCSA
    Produced a video about superintendents and how their work contributes to a positive golfer experience.
  • Michigan GCSA
    Engaged in advocacy efforts for Michigan Golf Day.
  • GCSA of New York
    Developed materials to create a promotional booth to use at New York State Turfgrass Association’s Lobby Day and other events.
  • San Diego GCSA
    Hired a public relations professional to create print and social media ads to promote the chapter's industry and educational support.
  • Sierra Nevada GCSA
    Developed a new and more engaging chapter website to attract non-members.