Τρίτη, 1 Νοεμβρίου 2016

FIRST Robotics Competition Grants

Calling all Rookies! Rookie Grants Available!

Apply by Thursday, November 3, 2016.

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.
For more information and to complete an application, head over to https://usfirst.submittable.com/submit/62717

2016-2017 Abbott Fund Team Grant Application

Apply by Friday, November 4, 2016.

This grant is only available to teams participating in FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition. All teams will be notified by Friday, November 11th.
The funding will be awarded as follows:
  • FIRST Tech Challenge - $1,000
  • FIRST Robotics Competition- $2,500
Qualifications for this grant:
  • New and existing teams are eligible for this grant
  • Teams must register with FIRST prior to receiving the grant and hold at least a temporary team number prior to being awarded
  • Teams must be located within 25 miles of any of the Abbott Fund locations listed in the application.
  • Priority will also be given to those teams that use Abbott scientists and engineers as mentors and volunteers
Any questions regarding this grant should be directed to ftcgrants@firstinspires.org and frcgrants@firstinspires.orgrespectively and should reference 2017 Abbott Fund Team Grant in the subject line.

NASA FIRST Robotics Sponsorship Application is Closed

The NASA FIRST Robotics Competition Sponsorship Application is now closed. Please click here for details related to the grant.

Introduction to Team Grants

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:
  • Registration
  • Product
  • Expenses

Why Apply?

We encourage all teams to apply for grants. Grants can help create lasting relationships with organizations that sometimes provide:
  • Mentors for your team
  • Expert advice
  • Internships

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:
These are only some suggestions of the many ways your team can raise money. The season can be very busy, so make sure to start fundraising early.
For questions, contact frcgrants@firstinspires.org

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