US FIRST Accepting Applications for 2015 FRC Rookie Grants

US FIRST Accepting Applications for 2015 FRC Rookie Grants

FIRST® is excited to announce a funding opportunity exclusively available to Rookie teams participating in the 2015 FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC®) season!

Details about the FIRST® 2015 FRC® Rookie Team Grant:

  • Awarded teams will receive $6,000 (restricted to registration) over the course of 2 seasons
    • Teams will receive $4,000 in season 1 and $2,000 in season 2
    • Awarded Teams will be responsible for raising the additional funding needed each season
  • Teams must apply for grant and meet all criteria in order to be eligible
  • Teams must fulfill grant obligations outlined below to receive the year 2 disbursement

Grant criteria and obligations:

·         Teams must be from a country that has an existing FRC Regional event.

·         Teams should have at least one committed Mentor.

·         Application must include copy of team business plan. (sample available at

·         In order to foster a culture of Gracious Professionalism®, Awardees must share lessons learned after their Rookie season.

o   Ex.: upload team fundraising materials to the FIRST Community website, post lessons learned to Facebook, etc.

·         FIRST will be collaborating with local FIRST Regional Directors while reviewing applications.  To find yourFIRST Regional Director please visit

IMPORTANT: Failure to perform post-award obligations forfeits year 2 funding.

Applications must be submitted no later than Sunday, November 2nd at 11:59 PM EST and must include a business plan.

Questions can be directed to or 800-871-8326.  Teams will be notified of whether or not they received the award on November 12, 2014. Please note that completing an application does not guarantee funding and all teams should be actively fundraising and seeking additional funding opportunities.

Click here, for full details and to apply for this grant.