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This grant is open for teams to submit for the FIRST® LEGO® League hardship grant for the 2018-19 season. This grant is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A submission does not guarantee funding.  

Grant Open Date: October 5th, 2018
Grant Close Date: TBD - Application will stay open until all funds have been exhausted

Teams will become ineligible if they have already paid registration prior to receiving  this grant. The grant will cover the registration bundle (This includes shipping and handling and sales tax if applicable).

Grant Requirements:

  • Requester must complete a copy of this form for each team identified as eligible for the hardship grant. Single applications with multiple teams listed will not be accepted.
  • Teams submitted must have registered with FIRST® and hold at least a temporary team number prior to applying them for this grant. 
  • A hardship team is considered as a team who would not be able to participate without the assistance of funding.
  • There are NO REGRANTS for the hardship grant funding.
  • Must be participating in FIRST LEGO League for the current 2018-19 season.  
  • Team has not paid registration yet. If a team pays for their registration, they are ineligible for receiving this grant.

This grant is open to FIRST® Tech Challenge teams, and FIRST® Robotics Competition teams for the 2018-19 season.

This grant is re-grantable and will be awarded as follows:

 ·         FIRST® Tech Challenge - $1000

 ·         FIRST® Robotics Competition - $2000

 For information regarding regrant terms and conditions please see http://firstinspires.org/robotics/regranting-process-procedures-and-w-9

 Grants may be requested during the following application periods this season.  Grants will not be available outside these dates:

FIRST® Tech Challenge

September 5th, 2018

October 31st,   2018

FIRST® Robotics Competition

September 5th, 2018

October 31st, 2018

 Grant Requirements:

 ·         Requester must complete a copy of this form for each team identified as eligible for the grant.

 ·         All teams applying for this grant must have an identified Lockheed Martin employee as a coach or mentor during the 2018-19 season.  Please use your work email address to ensure proper verification.

 ·         Teams must register with FIRST® and hold at least a temporary team number prior to applying for a grant.

 ·         Must be participating on a FIRST® Tech Challenge, or FIRST® Robotics Competition team for the current 2018-19 season.  


Thank you for your interest in the Apple team grants. This was an exciting year for us and we were able to fund a record number of teams under this year’s grant offering - so much so that we have exceeded our capacity. Thank you so very much for your interest and please check back in 2019 for our new grant offering.    

 For questions please contact: volunteer@apple.com

FIRST® is excited to announce a funding opportunity exclusively available to FIRST® Robotics Competition Rookie teams participating in the 2019 season!  

FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Team Grant Details:

  • Awarded teams will receive $6,000 (restricted to registration) over the course of 2 seasons
    • Teams will receive $4,000 in season 1 (2019) and $2,000 in season 2 (2020)
    • Awarded teams will be responsible for raising the additional funding needed each season
  • Teams must apply for grant via this application and meet all criteria in order to be eligible
  • Teams must fulfill grant obligations outlined below to receive the year 2 disbursement

Grant criteria and obligations:

  • Teams must be from a country that has an existing FIRST Robotics Competition event
  • Teams must be a FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie (first year) team
  • Teams must register for an event for the 2019 season before the grant can be applied
  • Teams should have 2 screened mentors

Application must include copy of team fundraising plan.  Fundraising plans should include the following components:

  • Budget
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Timeline of fundraising activities

·For additional fundraising and grant opportunities, please see the FIRST Fundraising Toolkit 

In order to foster a culture of Gracious Professionalism®, awardees must share lessons learned after their rookie season.

               o   Ex.: upload team fundraising materials to the FIRST Community website, post lessons learned to Facebook, etc.

IMPORTANT:  Failure to perform post-award obligations forfeit year 2 funding.

FIRST will be collaborating with local FIRST Regional Directors while reviewing applications. To find your FIRST Regional Director please visit www.firstinspires.org

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Applications must be submitted no later than Thursday, November 1st at 11:59 PM EST and must include a fundraising plan.

Teams must register for an event before the grant can be applied to a team's account.

Questions can be directed to frcrookie@firstinspires.org. Teams will be notified via email of their award status on November 9, 2018. Please note that completing an application does not guarantee funding and all teams should be actively fundraising and seeking additional funding opportunities.  

For additional fundraising and grant opportunities visit www.firstinspires.org.

By submitting this application on behalf of your FIRST Robotics Competition team, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the terms of this grant.  This includes an understanding that this grant is restricted to first event registration only and a commitment to fulfill the second-year requirement to receive the second portion of funding.