For the 2022-2023 PowerPlay season, the following grants are available for teams:
Collins Aerospace Team Grants
Any FIRST team with a Raytheon Technologies (including Raytheon, Collins Aerospace, and Pratt & Whitney) employee mentor and/or coach qualifies for a company sponsored team grant. FIRST Tech Challenge come in the form of registration and product grants dependent on the age and needs of the team.
The 2022/2023 application is open and can be found at this link: https://home.rtx.com/Articles/2022/05/11/how-rtx-can-help-you-use-robots-to-build-kids
- Open to Rookie & Veteran teams
- No location restrictions
- Teams must not have paid their registration fee prior to receiving their grant.
- Teams must have an employee mentor/coach
Only Raytheon Technologies employees will be able to access this information. https://home.rtx.com/Articles/2022/05/11/how-rtx-can-help-you-use-robots-to-build-kids
John Deere Team Grants
John Deere and FIRST are together committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion which encourages teams to be more innovative, creative and make better decisions. John Deere encourages teams to support diversity within the teams.
One of the requirements for the John Deere FIRST Team grant is for all coaches, lead mentors with students, to take the free, three-part on-line FIRST Equity, Diversity and Inclusion training, via this link, if not before. This will help your team use the strategies for better recruitment and support.
For a team to be eligible, they must:
- Teams supported by John Deere last season (2021-2022) must submit a John Deere post survey BEFORE submitting a grant request for 2022-2023.
- Teams must be associated with a school (public or private), or a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the U.S.
- Although not required, a preference will be given to teams that have a John Deere confirmed mentor or request a John Deere mentor with the grant request.
- Teams need to be located within a 40 mile driving distance from the nearest John Deere office (in Iowa, that would include the areas of Des Moines, Dubuque, Paton, Ottumwa, Quad Cities and Waterloo).
- Alternatively, teams can apply for a grant in any US location if they have a John Deere employee committed to actively (40 volunteer hours or more) supporting their team in-person or virtually for the 2022-2023 regardless of location.
The makeup of the active students on the team must meet one of the following criteria:
- 50% or more underserved based on low income. This is based on the % eligible for free and reduced lunch for school or non-profit overall.
- 50% or more underrepresented in STEM which includes Hispanix/Latinx, Black/African American/ and girls or identify as LGBTQ+.
- Rural teams, as classified by NCES, as Rural District (42) or Rural - Remote (43)
- The application deadline for FTC team grants is Sept. 23, 2022
For more information, including the application link, please visit the John Deere Inspire website.
FIRST Rookie Grants
For teams within Canada, the USA and Mexico, the FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie grant will give an awarded rookie team $750 in funding that they can use towards their registration fee as well as towards product in the storefront.
This grant is needs based, and the application process is designed to determine if applicants qualify for this support.
The application is live and will be updated on the website soon. Until then, if you have teams looking for funding help they can access the application with this direct link: https://usfirst.submittable.com/submit/225112/2022-2023-first-tech-challenge-rookie-team-grant