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Grants to Missouri and Kansas Nonprofits and K-12 Schools in Eligible Counties to Support Robotics Programs

FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Teams Grant


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Funding Source
KC STEM Alliance
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Geographic Focus
USA: Kansas: Johnson and Wyandotte countiesMissouri: Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/15/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Missouri and Kansas nonprofit organizations and K-12 schools in eligible counties to support robotics programs. Funding is intended for programs that will support student participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, develop student teams to participate in competitions, and address a diverse socio-economic school environment. KC STEM Alliance will offer grants to support and increase student participation in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC). Eligible counties include Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas; and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri.

The goal of these grants is to sustain robotics programs in underserved communities, facilitate recent start-up teams, and encouraging teams engaging in STEM outreach. Successful applications will address a diverse socio-economic school environment; increased student engagement in STEM education through FIRST Robotics; commitment to the development of student teams; recruitment of volunteer mentors; designing and building of remote-controlled robots; and, participation in one of the Kansas City FIRST Regional Competitions or one of the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifiers in the Kansas City area.

Examples of allowable expenses and activities include: team registration for competitions and tournament fees, team travel expenses, materials or tools required by the team in order to construct their robot, stipends for coaches or mentors, outreach expenses including costs associated with recruiting students and increasing parental and community support for the program.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- Eligible recipients include K-12 public or private schools and non-profit community organizations that serve low-income students and/or traditionally underserved communities. In addition, limited funding is available for rookie or young teams, those new to fundraising and those doing exceptional STEM outreach. For the purpose of this grant, low-income schools are defined as schools serving a population with at least 21 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. Underserved populations are defined as females, minorities, and students with disabilities.

Pre-Application Information
- Application deadline: September 15, 2023, at 5 p.m.
- Notification of award: September 22, 2023
- Distribution of checks: 3 weeks after receipt of invoice

Number of Grants
The number of grants awarded each year is based on the number and type of applications received and determined by a grants committee.

Estimated Size of Grant
The amount will be determined based on the number of applications, the evaluation of applications by a grant review board, and the total amount of grant funds available. Last year’s FIRST Tech Challenge grants averaged $728 per team and ranged from $200 to $1,000.

Contact Information
-Apply online:

KC STEM Alliance
4825 Troost Ave, Suite 108
Kansas City, MO 64110
office (816) 235 1509

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