Team Grants FAQ

General Questions 

Grant Opportunities

FIRST Robotics Competition Questions

Championship Grant Questions

General Questions

Q: I am looking to start a new team, how do I get started financially?
A: The amount and type of grants differ every year. Many team grant recipients are self-selected by our sponsors.

There are many other opportunities to raise money for your FIRST team and contacting local businesses is great place to start. Many teams have associations with companies that have interest in or may already provide grants/support to FIRST teams – but often, the connection is never discovered. Also consider having your team’s mentors and parents ask their employer about supporting your team.

Another great resource is your Local Affiliate. Local Affiliates have knowledge of regional opportunities that are less competitive than national grants. Also, many teams hold fundraisers or find local sponsorships.  For tips, check out the Team Fundraising Toolkit.

Q: I received a grant. Why can’t I see it on my team’s account?
A: There are two reasons you might not see your grant on your account.

1) If you received grant acknowledgement from sponsor:

Sometimes a sponsor will tell teams they are receiving a grant before sending their team list to FIRST. If you do not see the grant on your account within five business days, please contact Team Grants for your program.

2) If you received grant acknowledgement from FIRST:

Sometimes sponsors send FIRST a list of teams for which they wish to provide a team grant, but due to time constraints are unable to send complete funding right away. In these situations, FIRST applies the grant to the team’s account as an invoice. If you still do not see your grant, please e-mail Team Grants.

Q: My team received a grant. Should we send a thank you letter to the sponsor?
A:
We encourage teams to write thank you letters to sponsors. Please send them to the address below. We will make sure the sponsor receives them.

FIRST
Attn: Team Grants
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Q: What if I ordered my product and it hasn’t arrived yet?
A:
Please contact FIRST Operations Department at 603-666-3906 ext. 0

Q: I have been told my team may receive a grant. Should I wait to register my team and purchase product?
A:
If there is a possibility you are receiving a grant, it is best to wait to pay until you receive instructions from FIRST. In most cases, you will not be able to utilize your grant if you pay your registration or purchase your product before you receive the grant instructions. 

Q: Where can I see my payment information?
A:
Only the main contact person for your team will be able to see payment information. Please have him/her complete the following steps:

1)      Sign in to your account in the Team Information Management System (TIMS).

2)      Under “Teams I Can Pay For”, click on “Pay Now.”

3)      From there, click on “View Payment Detail Report” next to the event in question.

4)      Once page is opened, the main contact will be able to see grants that were applied, invoices and balance information. 

Q: I have questions about a regrant, where can I find the answer?
A: Click here for more information: regranting process, procedures and w-9.

Q: I submitted my regrant paperwork and haven’t received my regrant check yet. What should I do?
A: 
Regrants typically take 15-20 business days to process. During busy times it can take even longer to process. If your school is accepting the funds on your team’s behalf, please check with your school to see if the check has been received. If the school has not received it, contact the FIRST Finance Department at ar@firstinspires.org.

Q. I have a team grants related question, but do not see the answer on this page, who should I contact?
A: Please e-mail one the following for questions on grants.

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Grants
FIRST Tech Challenge Team Grants
FIRST LEGO League Team Grants
FIRST LEGO League Jr. Team Grants

Grant Opportunities

Q: Are there any grants available this season?
A:
Check the Grant Links in the Quick Links menu for program specific grant opportunities.

FIRST Robotics Competition Questions

Q: I submitted my regrant paperwork and haven’t received my regrant check yet. What should I do?
A:
 FIRST Robotics Competition regrants are not processed until mid-January when registration closes for second events. Grants are processed in the order the requests were received. Please also keep in mind your team is only eligible for a regrant if the overpayment amount is $1,000 or above.

Q: It is coming close to the pay deadline. I am not sure we will have the funds in time. What can I do?
A:
In order to receive your Kit of Parts (KOP) on time it is important to have your first event registration paid by the deadline. If you are having trouble acquiring funds for the season, please contact your Regional Director for opportunities in your area and read through the funding tips in the Fundraising Toolkit.

Championship Grants

Q: My team qualified to attend the FIRST Championship and a sponsor said they would sponsor us, what should I do?
A:
After you qualify, you only have a few days to pay your registration fee. If you have not received instructions from the sponsor and you believe you should be receiving a grant please contact Team Grants staff immediately. 

Q: If our team’s sponsor visits our Pit at Championship, what should I do?
A:
When a sponsor visits your pit it is very important to thank them for all of their support. They are very excited to meet you and learn about your accomplishments. This is also a great opportunity to provide them with any thank you notes, pictures or mementos from your season. It is a good idea to prepare for this ahead of time.

 

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