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."


NASA Grant

  • Application Dates: Now - Monday, November 16, 2020 5pm EST

  • Eligible Teams: United States-based FIRST Robotics Competition rookie or veteran team registered for the 2021 season

  • Grant Value: $450

  • Grant Requirements: Completed grant application by November 16, 2020 at 5pm EST

  • Grant Type: Registration Restricted

  • Application Link: Click here to apply for NASA Grant

  • Questions? Contact 

New Team Grant

  • Application Dates: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Noon EST - Monday, November 9, 2020 at 5pm EST

  • Eligible Teams: Any new FIRST Robotics Competition team

  • Grant Value: $4,500 total - $2,500 awarded by November 16, 2020*, $2,000 awarded upon completion of 2021 Lessons Learned by August 1, 2021. 

  • Grant Requirements: *US-based rookies should complete the NASA grant application here. This will change the New Team Grant amount for those teams to $2,050 in Year 1. It does not change the Year 2 amount. To receive the New Team Grant, complete the grant application, which includes a business plan, by the deadline of  November 9, 2020 at 5pm EST. Complete Lessons Learned by August 1, 2021. 

  • Grant Type: Registration Restricted

  • Application Link: Click here to apply for the New Team Grant

  • Questions? Contact

  • Additional Details/Forms: Click here for an example of Lessons Learned. Please note this is an example of 2019-2020 Lessons Learned, questions are subject to change year to year.  

Equity and Access Grant

  • Application Dates: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Noon EST - Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5pm EST

  • Eligible Teams: Any 2021 Registered FIRST Robotics Competition team who is interested in making a positive impact both in and out of our community by increasing participation of female or underrepresented populations* in STEM. Preference will be given to projects that are presenting FIRST programs. 

  • Grant Value: $1,000-$5,000, first half awarded by November 16, second half by August 1, 2021.

  • Grant Requirements: Completed grant application, which includes Equity Action Plan, by deadline. Complete Impact Report by August 1, 2021. 

  • Grant Type: Unrestricted

  • Application Link: Click here to apply for the Equity and Access Grant

  • Questions? Contact 

  • Additional Details/Forms: Click here to view the Impact Report

  • *Click here to learn more about Diversity and Inclusion at FIRST

2020 Wheels on Carpet Voucher

Teams who didn't participate in an official event in the 2020 season are eligible for a $1000 Wheels on Carpet voucher in either the 2021 or 2022 season. Teams are required to select which season this voucher is used prior to the receipt of their Kickoff Kit. Teams eligible for this will receive communication from FIRST HQ; these teams will be required to respond with their preference on which season the voucher will be used. Teams who do not respond to this communication will automatically have the 2020 Wheels on Carpet voucher credited to the 2022 season.


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.