GRANTS

Amazing grants are available to NH FIRST Tech Challenge teams. The combination of the rookie team grants completely covers a new team’s start up costs and puts money in the team’s pocket!

Teams should carefully review grant eligibility requirements and application procedures. Participation in a sanctioned FIRST NH  event is a requirement of all grants.

ROOKIE TEAMS
FIRST HQ FTC Rookie Team Grant - Closed
OPEN:         May 10, 2020
CLOSES:     January 29, 2021
AMOUNT:  $500
DETAILS:

  • Newly forming teams MUST apply for the FIRST HQ FTC Rookie Team Grant to be eligible for the NH FTC Rookie Team Grant.
  • Grant funds cover the team’s $275 FIRST FTC HQ 2019-2020 season registration fee and provide $225 towards the team’s kit of parts.
  • Funds are directly applied to the team’s FTC Storefront (online store) purchases.
  • Do NOT pay for anything until a grant award decision is received. If awarded, the team must also see the grant funds as available in their Team Dashboard. Rookie teams that pay their 2019-2020 registration fee and/or complete their kit of parts purchase are ineligible for this grant.
  • Newly forming teams must apply for this grant in order to be eligible for the NH FTC Rookie Team Grant.
  • This is a needs-based competitive grant that factors in Title I funding and free/reduced lunch percentage.
  • Rookie teams apply using their 9 digit temporary team number.
  • Teams will be required to prove season participation at the end of the season.
  • Existing team(s) out of a given school/organization must be registered before a new team can be eligible for this grant.
  • If awarded, teams will not receive their grant on their Team Dashboard until the team’s Lead Coach 1 and Lead Coach 2 are both successfully screened.

TO APPLY:

1)  Register your Team.

  • Visit the RUN A TEAM page on this website to learn how to access your FIRST Account and register your team.
  • Do NOT pay for anything at this point!
2)  Apply for the FIRST FTC (HQ) Rookie Team Grant.
  • Rookie teams must apply for this grant using their temporary team number (starts with “2019”).
  • This is a $500 needs based grant that uses a school’s Title I status and free/reduced lunch percentage as criteria.
  • If awarded, grant funds are directly applied to the team’s costs in the FIRST FTC online store, called the FTC Storefront.
  • Don’t pay for anything until a grant award decision is received. FIRST HQ will send an email to you with the award decision.
  • Go to the Grant Submission page and use your temporary team number to apply.
    • The link will have you create or log in to your Submittable Account and provide access to the grant application.
    • Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page to get to the Submittable login links.
  • You can find your schools free and reduced lunch percentage here
  • On the application:
    • Answer “No” to the question “Is your Team anticipating receiving another registration grant this season?”.
    • Where possible, include your team’s/school’s/city’s unique challenges and include any demographics (underserved populations) that would assist in establishing need.

Questions about the FIRST HQ FTC Rookie Team Grant please email ftcgrants@firstinspires.org. As always, please include your team number in the subject line of the note.

FIRST New Hampshire FTC Rookie Team Grant - Open

OPEN:         Year Round
AMOUNT:  Up to $2,250 (depending on FIRST HQ grant award)

The FIRST NH Fund has been established to provide the opportunity to every school in New Hampshire to have FIRST® teams in their school. Grants are available to start new FIRST teams and these grants are designed to cover registration, kit materials and a stipend for teacher coaches.

To receive a grant from these funds, a school needs to meet the following criteria:

  •  Be starting a NH based team
  • If still open apply for the FIRST HQ grant award
  •  Have at least 2 coach
  •  Attend at least 1 competition

What do the Team Grants Cover?

  •  Up to $1,500 ($1,000 if awarded the FIRST HQ grant award) towards robot kit, tools, registration
  •  $750 towards a teacher coach’s stipend

How to Apply:

  • Funds are directly applied to the team’s FTC Storefront (online store) purchases.
  • Do NOT pay for anything until a grant award decision is received. If awarded, the team must also see the grant funds as available in their Team Dashboard. Rookie teams that pay their 2019-2020 registration fee and/or complete their kit of parts purchase are ineligible for this grant.
  • Rookie teams apply using their 9 digit temporary team number.
  • Teams will be required to prove season participation at the end of the season.
  • If awarded, teams will not receive their grant on their Team Dashboard until the team’s Lead Coach 1 and Lead Coach 2 are both successfully screened.

TO APPLY:

1)  Register your Team.

  • Visit the RUN A TEAM page on this website to learn how to access your FIRST Account and register your team.
  • Do NOT pay for anything at this point!
  • Contact ksthilaire@firstinspires.org to finish the grant.

 

FIRST HQ FTC Jump Start Grant - Closed
OPEN:         January 15, 2020
CLOSES:     March 15, 2021
AMOUNT:  $275 credit in 2019-2020 to cover the team’s FTC season registration fee
DETAILS:

Jump Start gives new teams a head start for next season. Jump Start coaches register now and
receive a full credit towards next season’s registration fee and the ability to purchase a full FIRST
Tech Challenge competition kit at the team discount available through the FTC Storefront.

Fill out the FIRST Tech Challenge Jump Start interest form to learn more. Need-based grants are available to rookie FTC teams who need financial help getting started. To apply, follow the FIRST HQ FTC Rookie Grant application procedure (see previous toggle box).

Why Jump Start a team?

  • New teams get their hands on the robotics kit now to see how it all works and have the opportunity to meet other teams and local volunteers. Jump Start coaches will have full access to FIRST curriculum and training materials.
  • Coaches thinking about incorporating FIRST Tech Challenge into classroom activities next fall can plan as much as a full semester’s worth of available curriculum.
  • It’s a great way for FIRST LEGO League teams who are “graduating” this year to get a leg up on moving to FIRST Tech Challenge. They can continue the fun and build on the skills they’ve already learned.
  • We run a Spring competition for new Jump Start teams

ALL TEAMS
New Hampshire Robotics State Grant - Open

OPEN:         October. 15, 2019
CLOSES:     Nov. 15, 2019
AMOUNT:  Dependent on your schools grant request
DETAILS:

New Hampshire has available $1.5 million for robotics programs.  These are 2 year grants, $750K for this year and $750 for next year.  You can find out more about the grant and how to apply here .

DonorsChoose

For teams where a coach/mentor is an educator at a public or charter school:

The  DonorsChoose.org and FIRST has a robust partnership that allows teams across all 4 programs crowdfund for tools, robot parts and other team needs (note: the platform currently does not support team registration funding). Sponsors like News Corp, Bosch, Qualcomm and others run match offers periodically throughout the year that benefit FIRST projects, and the platform is a great way to augment fundraising for public and charter school based teams.

Be sure to put FIRST Tech Challenge into the title of your project to be seen by these special sponsors.

Other Funding Ideas

Teams should connect to companies in their area for additional grant opportunities. Encourage team parents/mentors to reach out to their employers. Many companies have grants available to employees who are engaged in youth STEM programming.

GRANT TIPS
Items to check before submitting a grant application.

  • Application lists the team’s correct team number. Most grants require the team’s permanent team number. Temporary team numbers start with “2019.
  • Where required, uploaded proof of purchase document(s) must be properly labeled with team number
  • The “remit to” name on the grant check must be the team’s fiscal partner. The team’s fiscal partner is the School, District, 501(c)(3) Organization, Foundation, or other entity that administers grant funds on behalf of the team. Grant checks cannot be made payable to individuals.
  • If you do not have a fiscal partner contact us for solutions info@firstnh.org
  • Veteran teams at a given school or organization must be registered for the current season.
  • Team should have two screened coaches
  • Team profile should list your team’s school or organization affiliation.

Ways to thank a grant sponsor.

Say “thank you” to grant sponsors by recognizing their contribution on the team’s social media outlets and include their brand on the team’s robot, pit swag, team shirts, engineering book, etc.  Sponsors often serve as volunteers at events and visit the teams that accept their funding.