Team Grants - Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions 

Grant Opportunities - updated September 25, 2014

FRC Questions

Championship Grant Questions

General Questions - Team Grants

Q: I am looking to start a new team, how do I get started financially?

A: The amount and type of grants differ every year. Many team grant recipients are self-selected by our sponsors. Read more about grant opportunities.

There are many other opportunities to raise money for your FIRST team and contacting local businesses is great place to start. Many teams have associations with companies that have interest in or may already provide grants/support to FIRST teams – but often, the connection is never discovered. Also consider having your team’s Mentors and parents ask their employer about supporting your team.

Another great resource is your Local Affiliate. Local Affiliates have knowledge of regional opportunities that are less competitive than national grants. Also, many teams hold fundraisers or find local sponsorships.  For tips, check out the FRC Handbook and Team Fundraising Toolkit.

Q. I have a team grants related question, but do not see the answer on this page, who should I contact?

A: Please e-mail one the following for questions on grants. To speak with a FIRST Team Grants staff member, call (603) 666-3906 ext. 251.

frcgrants@usfirst.org

ftcgrants@usfirst.org

fllgrants@usfirst.org

jrfll@usfirst.org

Q: Who can sign my W-9? Where can my regrant check be sent?

A: Click here for more information: regranting process, procedures and w-9. 

Q: I received a grant. Why can’t I see it on my team’s account?

A: There are two reasons you might not see your grant on your account.

1) If you received grant acknowledgement from sponsor:

Sometimes a sponsor will tell teams they are receiving a grant before sending their team list to FIRST. If you do not see the grant on your account within five business days, please contact Team Grants.

2) If you received grant acknowledgement from FIRST:

Sometimes sponsors send FIRST a list of teams for which they wish to provide a team grant, but due to time constraints are unable to send complete funding right away. In these situations, FIRST applies the grant to the team’s account as an invoice. If you still do not see your grant, please e-mail Team Grants. (linked to question#2)

Q: My team received a grant. Should we send a thank you letter to the sponsor?

A: We encourage teams to write thank you letters to sponsors. Please send them to the address below or to Team Grants staff. We will make sure the sponsor receives them.

FIRST
Attn: Development
200 Bedford Street
Manchester, NH 03101

Q: What if I ordered my product and it hasn’t arrived yet?

A: Please contact LEGO Education at 1-800-453-4652

Q: What do I do if my coupon code is not working?

A: If you are experiencing difficulties with your coupon code while purchasing your product, please contact LEGO Education at 1-800-453-4652. If you are experiencing difficulties with your coupon code in the TIMS system please contact FIRST Operations Department at 603-666-3906 ext. 0

Q: I have been told my team may receive a grant. Should I wait to register my team and purchase product?

A: If there is a possibility you are receiving a grant, it is best to wait to pay until you receive instructions from FIRST. In some cases you will not be able to utilize your grant if you pay your registration or purchase your product before you receive the grant instructions. 

Q: I submitted my regrant paperwork and haven’t received my regrant check yet. What should I do?

A: Regrants are available to FLL and FTC teams with a credit of $500 or more on their account. Regrants typically take seven to 21 business days to process. During busy times it can take even longer to process. If your school is accepting the funds on your team’s behalf, please check with your school to see if the check has been received.  If the school has not received it, contact the FIRST Finance Department at ar@usfirst.org.

Q: Where can I see my payment information?

A: Only the main contact person for your team will be able to see payment information. Please have him/her complete the following steps:

1)      Sign in to your account in the Team Information Management System (TIMS).

2)      Under “Teams I Can Pay For”, click on “Pay Now.”

3)      From there, click on “View Payment Detail Report” next to the event in question.

4)      Once the main contact person opens this page, he or she will be able to see grants that were applied, invoices, and balance information.

Grant Opportunities

Q: Are there any grants available this season?

A: If you have never participated in FTC before, you are eligible for the FIRST Tech Challenge Rookie Team Grant to help cover the costs of starting a team. Please note that funding is limited and all grants are awarded through a need-based application process. Click here to complete the application.

NASA Grant Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 FRC season. 

2015 FRC Rookie Grant Applications are now being accepted. 

FRC Questions

Q: How do I submit a regrant request?

A: Click here for instructions for submitting regrant requests. 

Q: I submitted my regrant paperwork and haven’t received my regrant check yet. What should I do?

A: FRC regrants are not processed until mid-January when registration closes for second events. Grants are processed in the order the requests were received. Please also keep in mind your FRC team is only eligible for a regrant if the overpayment amount is $1,000 or above.

Q: It is coming close to the pay deadline. I am not sure we will have the funds in time. What can I do?

A: In order to receive your Kit of Parts (KOP) on time it is important to have your first event registration paid by the deadline. If you are having trouble acquiring funds for the season, please contact your Regional Director for opportunities in your area and read through the funding tips in the Fundraising Toolkit.

Championship Grants

Q: My team qualified to attend the FIRST Championship and a sponsor said they would sponsor us, what should I do?

A: After you qualify, you only have a few days to pay your registration fee. If you have not received instructions from the sponsor and you believe you should be receiving a grant please contact Team Grants staff immediately. 

Q: If our team’s sponsor visits our Pit at Championship, what should I do?

A: When a sponsor visits your pit it is very important to thank them for all of their support. They are very excited to meet you and learn about your accomplishments. This is also a great opportunity to provide them with any thank you notes, pictures or mementos from your season. It is a good idea to prepare for this ahead of time.

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