Foundation / Corporation
FIRST, John Deere Inspire
Grants to USA teams in multiple states associated with nonprofits or schools serving youth ages 9 to 14 for participation in competitions to design, build, test, and program robots. Communities and surrounding areas within the following states are eligible: California, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Key criteria used for selecting and prioritizing grant requests include:
- John Deere Mentor or Coach (John Deere dealership employees are not eligible at this time)
- Need or criticality of team grant
- Low-income students as measured by % of free and reduced lunch program
- Number of underrepresented students including minorities and/or females
- First-time FIRST participants
- Teams that support community outreach including partnering with John Deere
Grant funding levels will vary for new and returning teams and will cover costs normally paid to FIRST by teams such as for registration, robot kits or parts, and field setup kits.
Accepted FLL Team Requirements:
- Teams will consist of 5-10 active members age 9-14 as of January 1, 2018.
- Teams will meet at least weekly for at least two hours throughout the season.
- Coaches will participate in a training session for coaches if available and will abide by the guidelines in the FLL Coach's Handbook. http://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/fll/coaches-handbook
- The teams will participate in at least one tournament, which may be a regional or championship event.
- The coach will be responsible for managing the team and for participating in a post-season evaluation.
- Display the logo provided by John Deere on the team pit, website and shirts.
GrantWatch ID#: 172816
Teams must be associated with a school or 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations (4-H, Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Clubs, etc.) in order to be eligible.
Teams must apply and get approval for the John Deere / FIRST grant prior to completing (paying for) registration for the 2018-2019 FIRST season. You can register with FIRST, but should not pay for your registration as you may potentially forfeit your grant.
The grants are available for participants within a 50 mile radius (driving distance) of 17 U.S John Deere home communities for all four FIRST programs (see below). Additionally, teams can apply for a grant in any U.S. location if they have a John Deere employee committed to actively supporting their team in person regardless of location.
Current US John Deere Inspire Home Communities:
- California - Torrance (Must have John Deere confirmed mentor to apply)
- Georgia - Augusta
- Illinois - Champaign and Quad Cities
- Iowa - Des Moines, Dubuque, Paton, Ottumwa, Quad Cities, and Waterloo
- Kansas - Coffeyville
- Louisiana - Thibodaux
- Missouri - Springfield
- North Carolina - Raleigh-Durham
- North Dakota - Fargo and Valley City
- Tennessee - Greeneville
- Wisconsin - Horicon
Deadline: September 14, 2018.
Teams will be notified of their grant status within 3 weeks of submission. Please note: it will take additional time for an approved grant to appear on the team's account.
For further information about FIRST programs:
For further information about FIRST LEGOLeague:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Register and apply online:
For questions, please contact:
Participants within a 50-mile radius of the U.S John Deere Inspire home communities are eligible.
USA: California: Torrance; Georgia: Augusta; Illinois: Champaign and Quad Cities; Iowa: Des Moines, Dubuque, Paton, Ottumwa, Quad Cities, and Waterloo; Kansas: Coffeyville; Louisiana: Thibodaux; Missouri: Springfield; North Carolina: Raleigh-Durham ; North Dakota: Fargo & Valley City; Tennessee: Greeneville; Wisconsin: Horicon