Grants through FIRST HQ
Click here to see team grant opportunities available from FIRST HQ. Each grant is typically from a specific company and sometimes for a specific program. Please ensure that your team meets the criteria prior to applying for these grants.
Grants through KY FIRST Robotics, Inc.
FLL Challenge and Explore Ethicon Grant
This generous grant from Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is for FLL Explore and FLL Challenge Teams that competed in SuperPowered and plan to compete in FIRST in Show: Masterpiece. Qualifying FLL Explore teams will receive $50 each, and qualifying FLL Challenge Teams will receive $100 each. Teams must be registered for the FIRST in Show Season to Apply. The deadline for this grant is November 15th, 2023.
FTC Ethicon Grant
This generous grant from Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is for FTC Teams that competed in PowerPlay Season and plan to compete in CenterStage Season. Qualifying FTC teams will receive $350 each, and the funding will be applied directly to the event registration fees for all teams that competed in PowerPlay. There is no application process for qualifying teams, the award is automatic.
FRC Ethicon Grant
This generous grant from Ethicon, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is for FRC Teams that competed in the Charged UP Season and plan to compete in the Crescendo Season. Qualifying FRC teams will receive $1,000 each, and the funding will be sent o teams after registration is complete with FIRST HQ or initial interview with KY FIRST Robotics and receipt of W9. W-9 should be emailed to info (at) kyfirstrobotics.org.
FRC Argosy Grants
These generous grants from the Argosy Foundation are for FRC teams that support Kentucky's growth initiatives for FRC. There is one application that collects information for all Argosy funding opportunities. Some funding is available for FRC teams that support growth of the FRC program in Kentucky by helping start another FRC in Kentucky and mentoring that new team. Other funding is available for teams that work with local colleges or Universities to secure mentors and support for FIRST programming, and helping to build a pipeline of mentors and supporters at the University. Volunteering at Kentucky FIRST events is an integral part of this funding opportunity.
In order to qualify for funding, teams should fill out the application below and submit a W-9. Not all teams that apply will qualify for the limited funding.