FIRST is excited to announce a funding opportunity exclusively available to Rookie teams participating in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition season. Are you a first-year FIRST Robotics Competition team looking for some funding to get your team started? The 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Grant application is now open!
Awarded teams will receive $6,000 in registration grants over the period of two seasons ($4,000 in season 1 and $2,000 in season 2). The application closes on Thursday, November 3rd at 11:59 PM EST. Teams will be notified about whether or not they are awarded the grant on Friday, November 11th.
Teams must meet the following criteria to be eligible:
Teams must be from a country that has an existing official FIRST Robotics Competition event.
Teams should have at least one committed mentor.
Application must include a copy of team fundraising plan.
Team grants are sponsor-directed funds that are distributed by FIRST Headquarters. If you receive a grant, please make sure to read the sponsor’s instructions carefully. Each sponsor has different requirements.
Depending on the grant, the funds can cover:
We encourage all teams to apply for grants. Grants can help create lasting relationships with organizations that sometimes provide:
Mentors for your team
Things to Keep In Mind
Receiving a national grant can be a competitive process, with each sponsor evaluating teams based on different criteria. Submitting a grant application does not guarantee funding for your team. In fact, only about 50 percent of teams receive a national grant during a typical FIRST Robotics Competition season.
Relying on grant funds that you have not received yet can get your team into a tricky financial situation. While you are waiting to learn the status of your grant application, we recommend working on a backup plan. There are many other ways you can raise funds for your team. Some resources include: