"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."

Dean Kamen, Founder

Mission

Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Ends on November 2, 2016

Thanks to the generous support of the DEKA Foundation FIRST® is excited to announce our need-based 2016 FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Grant for teams participating in the 2016-2017 FIRST® Tech Challenge Season! 

2016 FIRST Tech Challenge Team Grant Details

  • Awarded new teams will receive a $275 registration grant to cover the full cost of the FIRST® Tech Challenge season registration and a $475 product grant to be used in the FIRST® Tech Challenge Storefront to purchase product
  • Awarded existing teams will receive a $275 registration grant to cover the full cost of the FIRST® Tech Challenge season registration 
  • Awarded teams will be responsible for raising any additional funding needed for the season
  • Teams must apply for the grant and meet all criteria in order to be eligible
  • Grant is need-based
  • Hardship funding is limited and grants will be awarded until the funding is exhausted - please remember your Gracious Professionalism® and apply only with real need

Eligibility for the 2016 FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Grant

  • Applicants must be FIRST® Tech Challenge participants
  • New teams will use their nine digit temporary Team Number
  • Existing teams must use their permanent Team Number
  • Teams that have already paid registration for the 2016-2017 season are not eligible for this grant
  • Grant is restricted to FIRST® Tech Challenge season registration and FIRST® Tech Challenge Storefront product purchases
  • Grants are only available to participants within North America and USA military APO
  • Teams that have received other registration grants are not eligible
  • Teams will be required to prove season participation at the end of the season
  • If a new Mentor has an existing team as well as a new team, the existing team must be registered before the new team can be eligible for this grant
  • If awarded, teams will not receive their grant until the teams Lead Coach 1 and Lead Coach 2 are both successfully screened
  • Submitting an application does not guarantee funding.  All teams should be actively seeking additional funding opportunities
  • Only one application per team

FIRST® Tech Challenge teams are only able to register once each season. Teams that register and pay before receiving the grant will not be eligible to receive the 2016 FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Grant. Teams that apply then pay will forfeit the grant. Please note, teams may receive one registration grant per season. Teams that received another registration grant before the FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Grant will not be eligible for this grant. The FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Grants are not re-grantable.

Expectations for the 2016 FIRST® Tech Challenge Grant Recipients

If chosen, Grant sponsors may invite you to share your FIRST® Tech Challenge experiences with them. They are very interested in your progress as a team and will be excited to hear more about your season.  

Also, if chosen, please send our Sponsors an acknowledgement of their contributions. Failure to acknowledge this gift and complete reporting requirements may result in ineligibility for future grants. Letters, cards, notes, pictures (and whatever else you can think of) can be sent to the following address:

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


For Additional Information

   Team Grants FAQ page - Frequently asked questions concerning grants

   Fundraising Toolkit - One stop shop for fundraising resources

   Sample Budget - Sample team budget

   ftcgrants@firstinspires.orgGrant related questions

   ftcteams@firstinspires.orgGeneral questions about FIRST® Tech Challenge and registration

FIRST® is excited to announce a funding opportunity exclusively available to FIRST® Robotics Competition Rookie teams participating in the 2017 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 and $2,000 in season 2
    • 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 the season and plan to participate in at least one event
  • Teams should have at least one committed Mentor.
Application must include copy of team fundraising plan.  Fundraising plans should include the following components:
  • Budget
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Timeline of fundraising activities

·         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 3rd at 11:59 PM EST and must include a fundraising plan.

Questions can be directed to frcrookie@firstinspires.org. Teams will be notified via email of their award status on November 11, 2016. 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. 


Funding for a limited number of new and returning FIRST teams is available through John Deere FIRST grants as part of the John Deere Inspire, global youth STEM program.  Please submit one application per team you wish to be considered for a grant. Applications with multiple team numbers will only be considered for one grant.  Teams that receive apply and receive a rookie grant are expected to participate and utilize the grant supported materials for two years or more.

The grants are available for participants within a 50 mile radius of 14 U.S John Deere home communities for all four FIRST programs.  Additionally, teams can apply for a grant in any U.S. location if they have a John Deere employee or retiree committed to actively supporting their team regardless of location. 

·         FIRST® LEGO League Junior (FLLJR)

Opens: August 8, 2016     Closes: February 24, 2017

·         FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC)

Opens: May 20, 2016     Closes: September 23, 2016

Note:  Iowa FTC Teams need to apply by: September 2, 2016

·         FIRST® Robotic Competition (FRC) 

Opens: May 20, 2016     Closes: November 4, 2016

Current US John Deere Inspire home communities include:

*  California - Torrance (Must have John Deere mentor/coach already assigned to apply)

*  Georgia - Augusta   

*  Illinois - Champaign

*  Illinois - Quad Cities

*  Iowa - Des Moines

*  Iowa - Dubuque

*  Iowa - Ottumwa

*  Iowa - Quad Cities

*  Iowa - Waterloo

*  Kansas - Coffeyville  

*  Louisiana - Thibodaux 

*  North Carolina - Raleigh-Durham  

*  North Dakota - Fargo

*  North Dakota - Valley City

*  Wisconsin - Horicon

Note: John Deere currently provides FIRST team grant support in India, Mexico and Brazil using a separate grant process.

Teams must be associated with a school or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations (4-H, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) in order to be eligible.

Teams must apply and get approval for the John Deere / FIRST grant prior to completing (paying for) registration for the 2016-2017 FIRST season. You can register with FIRST, but should not pay for your registration as you may potentially forfeit your grant.  

To be eligible for a new John Deere/FIRST grant, returning FIRST teams that received a John Deere grant in 2015-2016, must have filled out the post season survey before applying for a 2016-2017 grant.

Key criteria used for selecting and prioritizing grant requests include: 

*  Mentor or coach is a John Deere employee or retiree (can be more than a 50 mile radius). Staff from John Deere dealers are not eligible at this time.

* Need/criticality of team grant

*  Low income students as measured by % of free and reduced lunch program

*  Number of underrepresented students including minorities and/or females

*  First-time FIRST participants

*  Teams that support community outreach including partnering with John Deere

Grant funding levels will vary for new and returning teams and will cover costs normally paid to FIRST by teams such as for registration, robot kits or parts, and field setup kits.  

Teams will be notified of their grant status within 2 to 3 weeks of submission. Please note: it will take additional time for an approved grant to appear on the team's account.  

For teams that accept a John Deere grant, they agree to the following requirements, by program:

Accepted FLL JR teams are required to:

1.  Teams will consist of 3-6 members age 6-10 as of January 1, 2016.

2.  Teams will meet at least weekly for at least one hour per week for 6-8 weeks 

3.  Teams will showcase their work at at least one FLL JR Event/Expo (must be official FIRST Event)

4.  The coach will be responsible for managing the team and for participating in a post-season evaluation.

5.  Display the logo provided by John Deere on team shirt, website and/or team materials.

Accepted FLL Teams are required to:

1.  Teams will consist of 5-10 members age 9-14 as of January 1, 2016.

2.  Teams will meet at least weekly for at least two hours throughout the season.

3.  Coaches will participate in a training session for coaches if available and will abide by the guidelines in the FLL Coache's Handbook. http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/fll/coaches-handbook

4.  The teams will participate in at least one tournament, which may be a regional or championship event.

5.  The coach will be responsible for managing the team and for participating in a post-season evaluation.

6   Display the logo provided by John Deere on the team pit, website and shirts.

Accepted FTC Teams are Required to:

1.  Teams will consist of 5-15 members between the ages 12-18 as of January 1, 2016.

2.  The team will meet at least weekly for at least two hours throughout the season.

3.  Coaches will participate in a training session for coaches if available.

4.  The teams will participate in at least one tournament, which may be a regional or championship event.

5.  The coach will be responsible for managing the team and for participating in a post-season evaluation.

6.  Display the logo provided by John Deere on the team robot, pit, website and shirts.

Returning Teams:

7.  Participate in at least 3 community outreach activities throughout the year

Accepted FRC Teams are required to:

1.  One or more volunteers (mentors) actively supporting the team must be a John Deere employee or retiree.

2.  FRC Teams that are requesting a grant from John Deere for the first time will be requested to give a brief presentation to the John Deere Inspire team in their community as part of the approval process.

3.  Teams will consist of 10 or more members for rookie teams and 15 for returning teams, ages 14-18 as of January 1, 2016.

4.  Mentors will participate in a training session for mentors if available.

5.  The teams will participate in at least one regional event.

6.  The mentor will be responsible for managing the team and for participating in a post-season evaluation.

7.  Display the logo provided by John Deere on the team robot, pit, website and shirts.

For returning FRC teams:

8.  Participate in at least 3 community outreach activities throughout the year.

9.  Apply for FRC Chairman's Award at regional events attend.

If you have questions regarding your team's account at FIRST, please contact Operations at (800) 871-8326.  Should you have any questions regarding John Deere FIRST Team grants, please email fllgrants@firstinspires.org.