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FIRST Robotics Competition New Team Growth Grant

Grants to USA, Canada, and International High School
Student Teams to Register for a Robotics Competition

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FIRST

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA, Canada, and International high school student teams to register for a robotics competition. Teams must be registered to the event before the grant can be applied. Funding is intended to support newly formed teams and eligible teams with experienced participants in a competition to design industrial-sized robots that engage in a game against similar opponents.

FIRST® is excited to announce a funding opportunity exclusively available to FIRST® Robotics Competition Rookie Teams and New Veteran Teams participating in the 2020 season.

Under strict rules, limited time and resources, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. Volunteer professional mentors lend their time and talents to guide each team.

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.

2nd Year of Grant:

  • In order to foster a culture of Gracious Professionalism®, awardees must share lessons learned at the end of the 2020 season.
  • Teams will be asked to complete a "lessons learned" assignment in May 2020, which will qualify them for the next year of the grant ($2,000 towards registration). 

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182770

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Awarded teams will receive $6,000 (restricted to registration) over the course of 2 seasons
- Teams will receive $4,000 in season 1 (2020) and $2,000 in season 2 (2021)
- Awarded teams will be responsible for raising the additional funding needed each season

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant Criteria and Obligations:
- Teams must be a FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie or New Veteran Team
- Teams must register for an event for the 2020 season before the grant can be applied
- The application must include a copy of the team's fundraising plan.

Newly formed FIRST Robotics Competition fall into several categories. Please see the criteria listed below:
Newly formed teams who are assigned team numbers that have never been used:
Rookie Team
- 0 or 1 mentor with prior FIRST Robotics Competition experience AND
- Less than or equal to 5 student participants with prior FIRST Robotics Competition experience
- Detailed definitions, including eligibility for recognition and specific incentives can be found here: https://www.firstinspires.org/sites/default/files/uploads/resource_library/frc/registration/2020/2020-rookie-team-criteria-guidelines.pdf
- Eligible for the New Team Growth Grant

Non-Rookie Team NOT formed from a Separation or Combine
- More than 1 mentor with prior FIRST Robotics Competition experience OR
- More than 5 student participants with prior FIRST Robotics Competition experience
- Not formed from a Separation OR Combine
- Eligible for the New Team Growth Grant

Non-Rookie Team formed from a Separation or Combine
- Created from a Separation or Combine
- Not eligible for the New Team Growth Grant

Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline:
Applications must be submitted no later than Friday, November 1st at 11:59 PM ET. Teams must register for an event before the grant can be applied to a team's account. Teams will be notified via email of their award status by Tuesday, November 12th.

Please note that completing an application does not guarantee funding and all teams should be actively fundraising and seeking additional funding opportunities.

Grant Details:
- Awarded teams will be responsible for raising the additional funding needed each season
- Teams must fulfill grant obligations outlined to receive the year 2 disbursement

FIRST will review special situations on a case-by-case basis as they are brought to its attention. Teams that do not meet the guidelines and wish to submit a petition for Rookie Status may do so by writing to the First Robotics Competition email address below.

Every U.S. based team receiving funding from a Donor (Grantor) must submit an IRS Form W-9 to FIRST Finance.
For Regranting, Process, Procedures, and W-9 please see: https://www.firstinspires.org/node/3886

- FIRST Robotics Competition grant information: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/grants
- Team Grants FAQs: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/team-grants-faq
- Definitions of Newly Formed FIRST Robotics Competition Teams: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/frc/rookie-team-criteria
- FIRST Robotics Competition: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc/what-is-first-robotics-competition
- FIRST Robotics Competition Game & Season Info: https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online: https://usfirst.submittable.com/signup?returnUrl=%2fsubmit%2fef5878c0-2beb-4e20-86eb-f20e52e8c2c6%2f2020-first-robotics-competition-new-team-growth-grant-application

Questions can be directed to frcrookie@firstinspires.org.

FIRST Robotics Competition: FIRSTRoboticsCompetition@firstinspires.org

Mailing Address:
FIRST
200 Bedford St.
Manchester, NH 03101
Phone: (603) 666-3906 or (800) 871-8326
Fax: (603) 666-3907

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon

International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.

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