FTC Team Grants

Numerous funding opportunities are available to support rookie and veteran FTC teams. More opportunities will be added to this page as they become available. Please refer to the grantors' websites for the most up-to-date information. Completion of an application does not guarantee funding.


ServoCity FIRST Team Sponsorships


BAE Systems FIRST Team Grants 

  • DEADLINE: September 14, 2015
  • Application: http://www.nhfirst.org/baesystemsgrants
  • Eligibility:
    • Preference is given to teams with BAE Systems mentors or located in proximity to a BAE Systems site (e.g., O'Fallon, IL).
    • Consideration is given to team performance, outreach efforts spreading the word about FIRST, and the degree to which the team embraces the ideals of FIRST.
    • Please note: FTC teams are judged against the same criteria as the FRC teams applying for this grant.
  • Grant Amount: Unspecified


Monsanto FIRST Team Grants

  • DEADLINE: September 15, 2016 (11:59:59 p.m. CT)
  • Application: http://www.monsantofund.org/grants/first-robotics/
  • Eligibility: 
    • Rookie or veteran FRC or FTC team must be registered through FIRST.
    • Teams must be in communities where Monsanto employees live and work. Find a complete list of Monsanto U.S. locations here.
      • Before a team can apply, they must obtain an invitation code from Monsanto by e-mailing a summary of the team to usgrant.questions@monsanto.com and indicating the location of your eligible site community. 
    • Teams must be associated with school districts or organizations that have had 501(c)3 status for at least two years or who are units of government under Section 170(c)(1).
    • For more information, click here.
  • Grant Amount: $1500
  • Expectations of Grant Recipients: Teams must complete a report at the end of the grant period. 


PTC FIRST Team Grants

  • DEADLINE: September 18, 2016
  • Application:  https://ptc.submittable.com/submit
  • Eligibility:
    • Teams must register and pay the registration fee before they an receive these funds.
    • Up to two teams per organization or affiliation may apply, but they must apply separately.
    • Teams are responsible for submitting all necessary documentation to FIRST.
    • Teams must be currently using PTC software or willing to commit to using the software.
      • Gold Level: Teams must be actively using one or more of PTC software or service solutions offered to FIRST teams (e.g., PTC Creo, PTC Windchill, PTC Mathcad) and commit to exploring one or more of the other types of PTC software or service solutions offered to FIRST teams.
      • Silver Level: Teams must commit to using PTC Creo and commit to exploring PTC Mathcad and/or PTC Windchill.
    • Teams must provide a detailed summary of previous use of PTC software and/or plans to use PTC software this season.
      • Gold Level: Teams must provide a detailed summary of how the team has used PTC software in the past and/or plans to use PTC software this season. Teams must submit last year's PTC Creo models, PTC Mathcad worksheets, and/or a summary of how they used PTC Windchill last  year.
      • Silver Level: Teams must provide a detailed summary of how the team plans to use PTC software this season.
  • Grant Amount:
    • Gold Level: $1000
    • Silver Level: $500
  • Expectations of Grant Recipients: 
    • Use PTC software as specified above.
    • Display PTC's current logo on the robot, pit, and website.
    • Participate in upcoming ROBOTalk weekly webinars provided by PTC (Sept - Nov).
    • Participate in the PTC/FIRST Online Community. Share your FIRST experiences with other FIRST teams and ask PTC professionals questions about PTC software.


John Deere FIRST Team Grants

  • DEADLINE: September 23, 2016
  • Application: https://usfirst.submittable.com/submit/56125
  • Eligibility:
    • Teams must apply PRIOR TO REGISTERING for the 2015-2016 Season.
    • Teams must be located within 50 miles of one of 14 John Deere home communities (including the Quad Cities, Champaign, & Dubuque) OR have a John Deere employee or retiree as a coach or mentor
    • Teams must be associated with a school or a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
    • Previous recipients must complete a post-season survey.
    • Preference is given to teams with low-income or under-represented students, first-time FIRST participants, and teams that engage in community outreach.
  • Grant Amount: Covers cost normally paid to FIRST by the team
  • Expectations of Grant Recipients: See application for requirements of accepted FTC teams


2016 FIRST® Tech Challenge Team Grant

  • DEADLINE: November 2, 2016
  • Application: https://usfirst.submittable.com/submit/58422
  • Eligibility:
    • Applicants must be FIRST® Tech Challenge participants
    • New teams will use their nine digit temporary Team Number
    • Existing teams must use their permanent Team Number
    • Teams that have already paid registration for the 2016-2017 season are not eligible for this grant
    • Grant is restricted to FIRST® Tech Challenge season registration and FIRST® Tech Challenge Storefront product purchases
    • Grants are only available to participants within North America and USA military APO
    • Teams that have received other registration grants are not eligible
    • Teams will be required to prove season participation at the end of the season If a new Mentor has an existing team as well as a new team, the existing team must be registered before the new team can be eligible for this grant
    • If awarded, teams will not receive their grant until the teams Lead Coach 1 and Lead Coach 2 are both successfully screened
    • Submitting an application does not guarantee funding. All teams should be actively seeking additional funding opportunities
  • Grant Amount: 
    • Rookies: $750 (covers national registration and product cost)
    • Veterans: $275 (covers national registration)
  • Expectations of Grant Recipients:
    • Share experiences with Grant sponsors upon request
    • Send acknowledgement of contributions
    • Complete reporting requirements
  • For more information about this grant: http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/team-grants-faq


SLAS FIRST Team Grants

  • DEADLINE: First come, first serve
  • Application: http://www.slas.org/awards/slas-first-team-grants/
  • Eligibility:
    • Application must be personally endorsed by a dues-paid member of the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) that is actively engaged as a coach or mentor on the team
  • Grant Amount: $500
  • Expectations of Grant Recipients: Funds must be used to offset necessary expenses for project supplies, team registration, or travel to and from competitions.



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