Governor’s Every Student Fund New FIRST NH Teams

Deadline for this offer is December 15, 2020

Congratulations on starting a new FIRST team! Applying for a grant from the Governor’s FIRST for Every Student Fund is a simple three step process.

If you know the type of FIRST team you plan on starting then proceed to Step 1. If you are not sure then please look at the expandable boxes below to find the right grade level. Or contact us at info@firstnh.org and let us know the best way to connect with you. We will help you find the right FIRST program for your team.

Step 1

Fill out the following grant form: New FIRST NH Team Application

Step 2

Since these are federal CARES Act funds, each new FIRST NH team will need to provide documentation that the coach / team was not able to get the necessary start up funds due to COVID-19. This documentation must be received before grant funds can be applied to a team’s account. Links to example letters are provided for some common situations.

Some reasons that a team’s funding have been impacted include:

  • If your team is associated with a school, check if your administration can provide a letter to indicate that due to COVID-19, school budgets are restricted with no funds available to start a new FIRST team – example form
  • If your team is associated with a youth organization, such as the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Girl or Boy Scouts, etc., an administrator may be able to provide a letter to indicate that due to COVID-19, funding that would normally be available to start a team is limited this year – example form
  • If you would normally run an activity or event to raise the funds required to register your team, document the type of activity that you are unable to conduct due to COVID-19 along with the estimated loss of funding – example form
  • If you have been unable to recruit business sponsors or other sources of funding this year due to COVID-19, draft a document that lists the attempts you made to find a sponsor. Perhaps you have a letter or email from the business indicating that they are unable to provide sponsorship this year due to COVID-19 – example form
  • Other reason that a team’s funding has been impacted due to COVID-19. Please describe this loss of funding in a brief letter addressed to the “Governor Fund Grant Administrator”.

Email a signed copy of the documentation to grants@firstnh.org, with Subject: Governor Fund Application Documentation

Step 3

If you are new to FIRST, create an account at www.firstinspires.org using the same email address you used in the form in Step 1. Select REGISTER in the upper right. This account will be used to associate with your new team. To simplify the process, we will create the team for you with all the information that you provide from Step 1 and Step 2, and the grant funds will be allocated to the team for you. We will then send you an invitation to become the lead coach for the team, along with instructions on what to do next. Welcome to the FIRST NH family!

Contact info@firstnh.org if you have any questions while completing any of the steps in this application process.

Governor’s FIRST for Every Student Fund Description

See below for what is included in the grant for each program, along with some cool incentives for teams to register.

FIRST Robotics Competition

Grades: 9-12

Grant Provides:

  • Team Registration
  • Veteran Kit of Parts

FIRST Tech Challenge

Grades: 7-12

Grant Provides:

  • Team Registration

Bonus Incentive:

  • FTC Electronic Module Set w/Control Hub, including shipping

Optional:

  • FTC Ultimate Goal Remote Game Set (wobble goals and rings)
  • Contact grants@firstnh.org to request this item

FIRST LEGO League Challenge

Grades: 4-8

Grant Provides:

  • Team Registration
  • Challenge Set (2 options), including shipping
    • 1 RePLAY challenge set for teams that meet normally
    • 2 RePLAY challenge sets for teams that meet remotely, to facilitate remote meetings

Bonus Incentive:

  • LEGO Spike Prime Core + Expansion Set, including shipping

FIRST LEGO League Explore

Grades: 2-4

Grant Provides:

  • Team Registration
  • Playmakers Inspire Set, including shipping

Bonus Incentive:

  • LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, including shipping

FIRST LEGO League Discover

Grades: K-1 (Class Pack only)

Grant Provides:

  • Registration and Playmakers challenge materials, including shipping
  • LEGO STEAM Park Sets (3 options), including shipping
    • Small – 2 STEAM Park Sets (up to 10 youth)
    • Medium – 4 STEAM Park Sets (up to 20 youth)
    • Large – 6 STEAM Park Sets (up to 30 youth)