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FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Team Grants

Now is the time to start a FIRST Robotics Competition team – Rookie team funding available.
 
Awarded rookie teams will receive $6,000 in registration grants over the period of two seasons ($4,000 in season 1 and $2,000 in season 2). Teams must meet the following criteria to be eligible:

    Teams must be new (first year)
    Teams must be from a country that has an existing official FIRST Robotics Competition event.
    Teams should have at least one committed mentor.
    The application must include a copy of team fundraising plan.

Apply now! The grant application deadline is Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST. Teams will be notified about whether or not they are awarded the grant on Friday, November 9. Questions can be directed to .  Please note that completing an application does not guarantee funding and all teams should be actively fundraising and seeking additional funding opportunities

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2019 Rookie Development Grant for Veteran Teams FIRST Robotics Competition Argosy Foundation and FIRST in Alabama Grant

FIRST in Alabama is excited to announce our FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Development Grants for the upcoming 2018-2019 Deep Space season.   
 
What is it?  This grant is designed to assist with rookie team development in the state of Alabama by asking veteran teams to identify new rookie teams in their area.  The new rookie team must be identified by the veteran team to be considered for this grant.  Veteran teams identifying a new rookie, assisting them with their team development before the season begins, mentoring them through the build season and assisting them at the Rocket City Regional will be considered for this grant.  The grant will be paid to the veteran team at the Rocket City Regional 2019.  The grant is in the amount of $2,500, non-restricted.
 
Who is eligible for this grant?  Any Alabama FRC veteran team.
 
Is there any compensation for the rookie team?  No, this grant is designed to help veteran teams only.
 
What do we have to do to be considered for this grant?  You must notify FIRST in Alabama, Dana Hobbs, as soon as you have identified the rookie team that you will be assisting.  This team must be identified by the veteran team to be eligible.  If a team is currently in development through the efforts of FIRST in Alabama, that rookie is not a qualifying team for veteran grant consideration.
 
Does development and mentoring of any other level of FIRST programs (FLL Jr., FLL or FTC) count toward this grant?  No.  Only the development and mentoring of a 2019 rookie FRC team will be considered.
 
What if the rookie team isn’t from Alabama? Currently we only have funding to support teams from schools, clubs or organizations from Alabama. That could change in the future.
 
Can FIRST in Alabama help the veteran team with marketing materials for team recruitment?  Yes.  Just let us know what you need to help with your efforts.
 
Can a Veteran team mentor more than one rookie in a season?  Only one Rookie Development grant will be awarded to a veteran team per season.
 
If your veteran team is interested in participating in this grant program, the document, ‘FRC Team Mentoring Guidelines’ must be read, signed and returned to FIRST in Alabama.  This document will serve as your guide during the mentoring process.  The rookie team you will be mentoring will be asked to complete an exit survey at the end of the season.  This survey will be used determine the veteran team that will receive the ‘Excellence in Mentoring’ award to be given by FIRST in Alabama.
 
FIRST in Alabama has a goal of 8-10 new rookie teams for the upcoming 2019 season.  You can help us reach this goal.  You know the schools in your area best and can use your success as a platform for developing new teams in your area.
 
If you have questions pertaining to this grant or would like to identify a new rookie team that you are developing, please notify FIRST in Alabama at: 

Grant FAQs   Grant Application
 

2019 Deep Space Rookie FIRST Robotics Competition Argosy Foundation and FIRST in Alabama Grant

  • Awarded Rookie Team will receive $3000.00 (restricted to registration) for the 2019 Deep Space - Season paid directly to FIRST Headquarters into you team account.
  • Awarded Rookie Team will receive $1000.00 (educator/mentor stipend) for the 2019 Deep Space Season
  • Awarded Rookie Team will receive $500.00 for specific team needs (travel, tools, robot parts, transportation) 2019 Deep Space Season

Grant FAQs   Grant Application

2018-2019 Tennessee Valley Authority Team Grant Application

This grant is open to FIRST® LEGO League Junior teams, FIRST® LEGO League teams, FIRST® Tech Challenge teams, and FIRST® Robotics teams for the 2018-19 season. This grant is not regrantable and will be awarded as follows:

  • FIRST LEGO League Junior - $116 Registration and Inspire Set
  • FIRST LEGO League - $312 Registration Bundle (Registration and Challenge Set)
  • FIRST Tech Challenge - $275 Registration only
  • FIRST Robotics Competition - $500 towards Registration fees

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

Grant Requirements:

  • Teams must register with FIRST and provide a team number prior to applying for a grant.
  • Teams must apply and get approval for the Tennessee Valley Authority FIRST grant prior to paying their season registration.  You can register with FIRST, however, teams should not pay for registration as you will forfeit the Tennessee Valley Authority grant. Refunds are not available for this grant.
  • Must be participating on a FIRST® LEGO League Junior, FIRST® LEGO League, FIRST® Tech Challenge, or FIRST® Robotics Competition team for the current 2018-19 season. 

*Deadline is December 01, 2018

Grant Application

2018 Robotics Education Grants

Pathfinder Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International

The AUVSI Pathfinder Charitable Foundation (PCF) offers your Educational Institution the opportunity to earn educational grants in the pursuit of expanding knowledge or identifying promising technologies applicable to robotic programs (unmanned systems).

PROCEDURES FOR APPLYING:

  1. Contact the Pathfinder Chapter Representative prior to Tuesday afternoon, 11 September 2018, so that we can plan for your presentation. You should email our Representative at: James Head Pathfinder Education Committee Chairman cc: Terry Thornton
  2.  Presentations will be received at Lee High School, 2500 Meridian St. N, Huntsville, AL 35811 on Tuesday September 11  Starting at 4:00 PM and ending at 7:00 PM.   **** The Presentation Order is on a “First Come” Basis
  3. You are required to present a short briefing (NOT MORE THAN 5 MINUTES) outlining your request for funds.  Student participation in the presentation is encouraged, but is not required. We will try to have the access to use the A/V capabilities but please also be prepared to give a paper only presentation. Please provide 3 hardcopies of the presentation. The presentation should be clear and specific and must include:
    1. Information about your organization (include your contact information, phone number, email)
    2. The amount of funds requested (please be reasonable in your request)
    3. Breakdown and description of how the requested funds will be expended
  4. You are required to provide the Chapter with a written report on how the money was spent and the results, if any,  of your organization’s activities. This report will be due to the Chapter by 01 April 2019.

The Chapter’s Board of Directors will select the organization(s) for awards. The amount of the grant(s) awarded will depend upon available funding and the number of applicants. A formal presentation of awards will be made to the selected organization(s) on Thursday Sep 20th at 4:00PM, Lee High School, 2500 Meridian St. N , Huntsville, AL 35811.

2019 NASA Grant

The NASA Grant Application is now open. It will be open until 11:59 PM on September 30th.

FIRST Robotics Competition scholarships are limited to high school students who are involved or planning to get involved in school related robotics clubs or organizations. These clubs and organizations must have the intention of inspiring students to pursue higher education and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), as well as, working with schools and teachers to integrate robotics education into daily curriculum.

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