Team Grant Opportunities

Teams need to fundraise in order to pay registration fees, buy robot kits/parts, and travel to events. There are a number of grants available to teams. Some are specific to new teams, specific FIRST programs, or teams in specific locations, but others are more open.

New grant opportunities will be posted throughout the year, so check back often. Your Program Delivery Partner is another great resource for potential local grant opportunities.

FIRST maintains a list of grant opportunities on its website. Most are for US teams, but some are also available to teams in Canada.

The FIRST Rookie Team grants for FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams are available to BC teams. They can be applied to team registration and the kit of parts in the FIRST storefront. NOTE: you must follow the rookie team grant process carefully, for example you may need a temporary team number and screened coaches but you must not check out in the storefront until the grant has been awarded since the grant cannot be applied after you’ve purchased your robot kit. The FTC SIM Argosy rookie grant requires a similar process.

Program(s)GrantTeam StatusStart DateEnd DateDetails
FRCBest Buy Teen Tech Teams Grants – Materials onlyany2024-06-28Grant Details
anyVancouver Sun Kids Fund Adopt-A-Schoolany2023-10-15Details
FTC/FRCActuonix FIRST Robotics Sponsorship Programany2023-10-092023-10-20Acutonix website
FRCFIRST Robotics Competition Rookie Team Grantrookie2023-08-212023-10-30Grant Application
FTCFIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Team Grantrookie2023-06-022023-11-10Grant Application
anyGene Haas FoundationanyDetails
anyY.P. Heung FoundationanyDetails
anyFirst West FoundationanyDetails
FTCFTC SIM Argosy Rookie Team Grant (upcoming)rookieMay 2024?Details

News posts about team fundraising and past grant opportunities can be found at this link.

Fundraising Resources

Bottle Drive Fundraiser

In addition to Grants, teams can raise funds in other ways like bottle drives or solicit sponsorships from businesses. FIRST Tech Challenge teams should check out the Fundraising Resources page for help you budget and then get ideas for raising funds. FIRST Robotics Competition teams can use the Fundraising Toolkit from FIRST. There is also an FRC oriented Fundraising 101 packet that any team may find useful.