FIRST Robotics Competition Grants

What is FIRST Robotics Competition?

Combining the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. We call FIRST Robotics Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it "the hardest fun you'll ever have."

FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Team Grants

Now is the time to start a FIRST Robotics Competition team – Rookie team funding available.

Awarded rookie 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). Teams must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

  • Teams must be new (first year)
  • Teams must be from a country that has an existing official FIRST Robotics Competition event.
  • Teams should have at least one committed mentor.
  • The application must include a copy of team fundraising plan.

Apply now! The grant application deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Teams will be notified about whether or not they are awarded the grant on Friday, November 9. Questions can be directed to Please note that completing an application does not guarantee funding and all teams should be actively fundraising and seeking additional funding opportunities

Click for more information and to complete an application.

Kettering/GMI Alumni Association (KGMIAA) is proud to sponsor eight (8) FIRST Robotics Competition teams for the 2019 season. Each team sponsored receives $1,000 toward the building of this season's robot.

Team Requirements

  • Application must be submitted by November 1

  • Team must display sponsorship material (received in their sponsorship package) in addition to their standard team sponsorship promotional material

  • The application can be found here:

Winning teams will be announced at the Kettering kickoff on January 5, 2019.

NASA FIRST Robotics Competition Sponsorship Grant Application for the 2019 season is now closed.

The grant application is now closed as the deadline was Sunday, September 30, 2018, at 11:59 PM PDT. It is NASA's plan to announce selections no later than the week of November 11, 2018. Please note this date is an estimate and may change. Any changes to the announcement date will be posted on the RAP website.

Thank You Notes
It’s never too early to thank the folks who support FIRST, even if they do not yet directly sponsor your team. All teams and participants benefit from the generous support of our partners. Plus, gratitude can go a long way toward building a bond with a potential sponsor or supporter. In the spirit of Gracious Professionalism®, please send thank you notes, tokens of appreciation, and other correspondence to FIRST HQ, Attn: Team Grants, 200 Bedford Street, Manchester, NH 03101. We thank you for letting FIRST supporters know that they are truly appreciated and encouraging them to continue to support the FIRST mission.