Ends on March 23, 2018

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 committed to actively supporting their team regardless of location. 

FIRST® LEGO League Junior (FLLJR) Deadline: March 2, 2018

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Deadline: PASSED

FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) Deadline: September 29, 2017

FIRST® Robotic Competition (FRC) Deadline: November 10, 2017

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 Brazil, Canada, India, and Mexico 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 2017-2018 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 2016-2017, must have filled out the post season survey before applying for a 2017-2018 grant.  Please email inspire@johndeere.com with questions about the survey.

Here is a link to the survey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/8JMY7MK 

Key criteria used for selecting and prioritizing grant requests include: 

*  Mentor or coach is a John Deere employee (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 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:

1.  Teams will consist of 3-6 active members age 6-10 as of January 1, 2017.

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:

1.  Teams will consist of 5-10 active members age 9-14 as of January 1, 2017.

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 Coach'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:

1.  Teams will consist of 5-15 active members between the ages 12-18 as of January 1, 2017.

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:

1.  Have one or more John Deere employee actively (40 hours or more during the season) supporting the team as a mentor.

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 active members for rookie teams and 15 for returning teams, ages 14-18 as of January 1, 2017.

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 an FRC Chairman's Award at a regional event.

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.

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