FIRST Robotics Competition Grants

The Rookie Grant application closed November 3, 2016.

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 closed on November 3rd at 11:59 PM EST. Teams will be notified about whether or not they are awarded the grant by mid-November.

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.

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.

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