Regranting, Process, Procedures, and W-9

Submittal of IRS Form W-9 by all U.S. Based Teams

Every U.S. based team receiving funding from a Donor (Grantor) must submit an IRS Form W-9 to FIRST Finance. Click here for an IRS W-9 Form

The IRS Form W-9 must:

  1. Have been dated within five years
  2. Contain the Federal Tax Identification number (FEIN) of the organization willing to accept any funds on behalf of the team
  3. Be signed and dated by an authorized representative of the organization

Please Note:

  • This is not a State Tax Exempt number.
  • FIRST cannot accept any IRS Form W-9 from an individual.  We apologize for the inconvenience.
  • It is the responsibility of the team to inform FIRST of any changes to their IRS Form W-9. 

Regranting Procedure


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Regranting Policy

FIRST receives grants from various Donors (Grantors) which are designated to FIRST Robotics Competition participating teams. These are restricted donations with designations as defined and imposed on FIRST by the Grantor(s). Should FIRST receive a grant designated to your FIRST Robotics Competition Team, FIRST will “re-grant” the funds to your FIRST Robotics Competition Teams as a “pass through” grant with no deductions for overhead or processing costs. 100% of the designated funds will be re-granted provided that the Team (Grantee) follows the guidelines listed below.

The following guidelines are followed when processing a regrant for a team:

  1. The regrant must be a minimum of $250 for FIRST LEGO League Jr.; $500 for FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST LEGO League; $1,000 for FIRST Robotics Competition.
  2. FIRST receives the Grantor’s donation and designation in writing. FIRST applies the amount needed to satisfy the open payment of the team’s registration fee before any regrant can be issued.
  3. Any additional funds, above the team’s registration fee (some restrictions may apply) can be regranted to the team.
  4. The Grantee (FIRST Robotics Competition Team) initiates the process of receiving these pass through funds and maintains audit compliance*.

Funds can only be re-granted to your team for costs directly associated with FIRST Programs. FIRST cannot disburse funds directly to the Team’s or School’s vendors/providers due to the IRS Form W-9 needs and the potential volume.

*Should the Grantor request a follow-up report on the exact use of the re-granted funds, it is the responsibility of the Grantee (School) to maintain adequate records in order to provide an accurate accounting.