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2017-18 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Grants

Grants to Missouri and Kansas Nonprofits and Schools
in the Kansas City Area to Support Robotics Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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KC STEM Alliance

Deadline Date:

10/16/17 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,500 and grants of up to $2,500 to Missouri and Kansas nonprofits and schools in the Kansas City area to support robotics programs in underserved communities. Successful applications will help develop student teams to participate in competitions, increase student engagement in STEM education, and address a diverse socio-economic school environment.

Eligible counties include Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas; and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162981

Number of Grants:

The number of grants awarded will depend on the number and type of applications received.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants limits are $2,500 for FRC teams and $1,500 for FTC teams.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications will be considered from FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams in the following counties: Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas; and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri.

Eligible recipients included 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 and 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, with awards based on a sliding scale. Underserved populations include females, minorities, and students with disabilities.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the 2017-18 school year are open through Oct. 16, 2017. Grants will be determined and awardees notified by mid-November 2017.

This cash grant will be paid to the team’s school district or FIRST fiscal agent (non-profit, 501(c) (3) organization) or will go directly to FIRST to underwrite all or part of team registration fees for the 2016 -2017 season.

Schools and programs that receive this grant agree to attend and participate in a Kansas City FIRST Tech Challenge Missouri Qualifier or one of the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competitions. Grantees who fail to participate in an FTC Missouri Qualifier or the Greater Kansas City FIRST Robotics Competition must return any awarded grant funds to KC STEM Alliance by May 31, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Lisa Browning, Administrative & Grants Coordinator
(816) 235 1509

If you cannot access Google Forms, you may download the application and submit to

KC STEM Alliance
4825 Troost Ave, Suite 108
Kansas City, MO 64110

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Kansas: Johnson and Wyandotte Counties;   Missouri: Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte Counties