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Thanks to the generous support of the DEKA Foundation, FIRST® is excited to announce our need-based FIRST® Tech Challenge Rookie Team Grant for teams participating in the 2022-2023 FIRST® Tech Challenge Season! 

2022-2023 FIRST® Tech Challenge Rookie Team Grant Details

  • Only new (rookie) FIRST® Tech Challenge 2022-2023 season teams in North America and USA military APO are eligible to apply for our Rookie Team Grant.
  • Awarded new teams will receive a $750 grant to use towards FIRST® Tech Challenge season registration and products in the FIRST® Tech Challenge Storefront.
  • Teams must apply for the grant and meet all criteria to be eligible
  • Grant is need-based
  • Hardship funding is limited, grants will be awarded until the funding is exhausted - please remember your Gracious Professionalism® and apply only with real need
  • · Grant can not be carried over and is not refundable
  • If you are expecting a grant, please do not check out until that grant has been awarded. FIRST will not be able to make changes to orders after checkout.
  • View the complete payment terms here: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/payment-terms 


Eligibility for the 2022-2023 FIRST® Tech Challenge Rookie Team Grant

  • Applicants must be FIRST® Tech Challenge participants
  • Only one application per team is allowed
  • Grant applicants must plan to participate in the upcoming FIRST® Tech Challenge season
  • Teams will be required to prove their 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 funding until the team's Lead Coach 1 and Lead Coach 2 are both successfully screened
  • If you are expecting a grant, please do not check out until that grant has been awarded. FIRST will not be able to make changes to orders after checkout.
  • View the complete payment terms here: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/payment-terms 


Expectations for the 2022-2023 FIRST® Tech Challenge Rookie 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.
  • Additionally, if chosen, please send us a digital “sponsor thank you” to our generous sponsor the DEKA Foundation, as an acknowledgement of their contributions.  Failure to acknowledge this gift and complete reporting requirements may result in ineligibility for future grants.
  • Digital thank you files including letters of thanks from the team, pictures,  presentations and whatever else you can think of can be sent to the following email:  ftcteams@firstinspires.org 

**Please include "2022-2023 Rookie Grant Sponsor Thank you" in the subject line**


General questions about the grant can be sent to: grants@firstinspires.org  


Dow team grants are available for FIRST® teams who have a Dow employee mentor and/or are based in Dow communities (nearby Dow sites or offices). Dow’s complete list of locations can be reviewed here.

Dow Grant Details:

This year, Dow updated its grant process and teams can earn up to 100% of their category’s registration cost. Dow will provide 50% of the team’s registration cost for teams in Dow communities (teams nearby sites, offices, etc.) and/or teams that have a Dow mentor.

The remaining 50% can be earned based on the following:

  • ID&E Efforts (15%) – team has awareness of its ID&E current gaps and improvement opportunities and at least one initiative on this space;
  • Community Engagement (15%) – team is engaged in the community, successfully describing 1 or more community engagement activities.
  • Title 1 Schools/Free or Reduced Lunch applicants (U.S. only) OR Low-income communities (20%) – if a team is from a low-income background, it automatically qualifies for the 20% amount.

Deadlines to apply for team grant funding from Dow are:

*Dow grants are offered on a “first come, first served” basis. Please note that, the earlier a team applies, the better the chances of having its grant approved.

Important Grant Information:

  • Teams should apply for and get approval for the Dow FIRST grant prior to paying for registration and/or product for the 2022-2023 season. This season, if a team pays for registration before getting a grant, their possibilities to use the grant will be reduced considerably! Please click here to learn more about the FIRST payment changes and the grant utilization possibilities. 
  • Teams should be associated with a school or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (4-H, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, etc.) in order to be eligible.
  • Please register with FIRST, because every submission requires a team number to process (a temporary team # is acceptable).
  • Only submit one application for each team you wish to be considered for a grant. Applications with multiple team numbers will only be considered for one grant.
  • Teams will be notified of their grant status within 15 business days of submission.


For questions about team registration, grants, and more please contact FIRST Operations at customerservice@firstinspires.org or (603) 666-3906.


FIRST® is excited to announce a funding opportunity exclusively available to FIRST® Robotics Competition teams and US-based FIRST® Tech Challenge teams participating in the 2022-2023 season!  

Grant Details:

  • Awarded teams will receive a grant to support their designated project, which should be focused on increasing participation of female and/or underrepresented populations in STEM. Preference will be given to projects that are presenting FIRST programs. 
  • For US-based FRC teams, the grant funds will be unrestricted. Half of the funding will be applied to the team's account upon award of the grant. The second half of the funding will be applied to the team's account when the team submits their Impact Report (see preview). Teams will be notified when the Impact Report is available for submission via email in January, 2023. 
  • For US-based FTC teams and international FRC teams, the grant funds will be restricted to use on any registration fees for the team (and product for FTC).  Teams will  receive the full amount upon the award of the grant. However, teams are still strongly encouraged to submit their Impact Report when notified.
  • Grants are available for between $1,000 and $5,000 each.


Grant Criteria and Obligations:

  • Teams must be a FIRST Robotics Competition team or a US-based FIRST Tech Challenge team.
  • Teams must register for the 2022-2023 season before the grant can be applied.
  • Teams must NOT have received this grant last season (2021-2022).
  • Teams must have 2 screened mentors.
  • The application must include a copy of the team's Equity Action plan. At minimum, the plan should include the Goals from the Inspiring Success for All Training.

 
Application Deadline:

Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, September 16th at 5:00 PM ET. Teams will be notified via email of their award status by Friday, October 7th.

*Please note:  Completing an application does not guarantee funding and all teams should be actively fundraising and seeking additional funding opportunities.  Teams that received this grant last season are welcome to apply again for the 2023-2024 season.
For additional fundraising and grant opportunities, please see the FIRST Fundraising Toolkit

FIRST will be collaborating with local FIRST Program Delivery Partners and Senior Mentors while reviewing applications. To find your FIRST Program Delivery Partner, please visit  https://www.firstinspires.org/about/contact-us.

By submitting this application on behalf of your team, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to the terms of this grant.  

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