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Grassroots Award Application


Established in 2011, the Chapter Grassroots Recognition program recognizes chapters at one of three levels—Bronze, Silver, or Gold—for outstanding grassroots performance. It also provides a self-evaluation tool to help chapters continue to improve their grassroots activities.

The Bronze, Silver and Gold levels of achievement are based on a point system for actions and policies the chapter has in place. Performance is measured through a chapter self-evaluation similar to ABC’s STEP Safety Management System.

There are 100 possible points in the application process. You must achieve 70 out of 100 points to be considered for an award.

Recognition and Rewards

Gold Level (90-100 points)

  • Recognition during ABC Legislative Day 2021 as a Gold Grassroots Chapter
  • Mention during ABC Legislative Day 2021, either in publications or through display
  • Plaque designating chapter as a Gold Grassroots Chapter

Silver Level (80-90 points)

  • Recognition during ABC Legislative Day 2021 as a Silver Grassroots Chapter
  • Mention during ABC Legislative Day 2021, either in publications or through display
  • Plaque designating chapter as a Silver Grassroots Chapter

Bronze Level (70-80 points)

  • Recognition during ABC Legislative Day 2021 as a Bronze Grassroots Chapter
  • Mention during ABC Legislative Day 2021, either in publications or through display
  • Plaque designating chapter as a Bronze Grassroots Chapter

The Self-Evaluation

There are eight questions, six to be completed by the chapter and two to be completed by ABC National. Please read each question carefully and provide additional information when requested.




1) Grassroots Volunteer Leadership Involvement – Select ONE volunteer leadership involvement category that applies to your chapter. (10 points)





If you have a committee or subcommittee, how often do they meet?




2) Website: Select ONE option that best describes your Chapter Website. (10 points)






3) Chapter Publications/Communications: Select ONE option that best describes your chapter publications. (10 points)*






4) Grassroots Activity: Select ONE option that applies to your chapter’s efforts to engage elected officials or candidates at the federal, state and local levels in 2020. This includes hosting them at your events, including those held virtually, and touring member company jobsites or facilities and training centers. 10 points available.







Chapters can view National’s recorded list of 2020 lawmaker visits here. Chapters are encouraged to also send Patrick McCarty ([email protected]) information about any visits held thus far in 2021.

5) State Legislator Scorecards: Select the ONE option that your chapter utilizes to track key merit shop legislation and monitor lawmaker votes on the state and/or local level in 2020. 10 points available.**




**Attach the document(s) your chapter uses to receive credit for this portion. 

6) Chapter Involvement in State-level Government Affairs Activities: SELECT ALL Items that apply to your chapter from 2020. (30 points available)










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TO BE COMPLETED BY ABC NATIONAL STAFF:

SUBTOTAL (points from Questions 1-6): ____

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1)  Action App users compared to chapter membership: ABC National will answer this question for you.

  1. Chapter’s user count is 40% or more of chapter total membership (e.g. 132 app users vs. 183 total members = 132/183 = 72%) – 10 points.
  2. User count is 21%-40% of chapter membership (e.g. 121 users vs. 343 members, 121/343 = 35%) – 7 points.
  3. User count is 11-20% of chapter membership – 5 points.
  4. Less than 10% of your member companies have at least one employee who has downloaded the ABC Action app – 0 points.

Chapters can view their ABC Action app users as of April 8, 2021,here.

2) Federal ABC PAC Contributions in 2020 – ABC National will answer this question for you.

  1. Chapter’s per member dollar average contribution exceeded $50.00 – 10 points
  2. Chapter’s per member dollar average contribution was between $35 - $50.00 – 7 points
  3. Chapter’s per member dollar average contribution was between $20 – $35.00 – 5 points
  4. Chapter’s per member dollar average contribution was below $20.00 – 0 points

Reminder: Chapter can view the 2019-2020 cycle report here .

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TOTAL (including Questions 7 and 8): _____

AWARD: _______________________

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