FRC Grant Information

2014 Rookie Grant Applications are now available

2014 NASA FIRST Robotics Competition grant application system is now available


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.

See also:  FIRST has developed a new resource to guide teams as they learn the art of raising funds. Through a generous grant from the Argosy Foundation, FIRST Senior Mentor Renee Becker has created the FIRST Team Fundraising Toolkit to assist any FIRST team with the challenges of raising money.

See also: Team Grants Frequently Asked Questions

Depending on the grant, the funds can cover:

  • Registration
  • Product
  • Expenses

Things to Keep in Mind

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

Approximately, 50% of teams receive a national grant during a typical FRC season. Submitting a grant application does not guarantee funding for your team. Each sponsor evaluates teams with different criteria. 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 suggestions include:

  • Organize fundraisers
  • FRC Handbook  
  • Contact your Regional Director (RD) for local opportunities
  • Contact local organizations or retail stores
  • Sponsorship in exchange for advertising 
  • Speak with your school about possible funding

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, please e-mail frcgrants@usfirst.org

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