FIRST Grants

At Rockwell Collins, we recognize the value of forming positive relationships with students who will become the next generation of engineers and innovators. That’s why we are teaming with FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to dramatically increase FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams throughout Iowa and across the nation.

Funding for a limited number of FLL and FTC teams in Iowa will be available through Rockwell Collins FIRST grants. The grants place a special emphasis on teams that have not participated in the past, teams that include minority students and females, and teams from schools with a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch programs. Funding levels will vary and may include the cost of the robot kit, registration, field setup kit, or a combination of these items.

FIRST teams residing in a state with a Rockwell Collins facility outside of Iowa can contact their program’s FIRST affiliate partner for questions, concerns or applications regarding a Rockwell Collins grant. You can find all FIRST affiliate partners on the FIRST website.

Please note, Rockwell Collins FIRST grants are available in the following states:

  • Iowa
  • Maryland
  • Virginia
  • Florida
  • Texas
  • Oregon
  • California
    • Tustin area
    • Carlsbad area

FIRST teams outside of these states are highly encouraged to visit the FIRST fundraising toolkit and/or to visit with their state’s affiliate partner for local grant opportunities.

FIRST LEGO® League
Teams eligible for these grants must have an affiliation with a school or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (e.g., 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club) and be located in Iowa.

The grants place a special emphasis on teams that have not participated in the past, teams that include minority students and females, and teams from schools with a high percentage of students on free and reduced lunch programs.

Team expectations
Grant recipients must agree to the following:

  1. Teams will consist of five to 10 members between the ages of 9 and 14.
  2. The team will meet at least weekly throughout the season.
  3. Coaches will participate in a training session for coaches.
  4. The teams will participate in a tournament, which may be a regional or championship event.
  5. The coach will be responsible for managing the team and participating in a post-season evaluation.

Application process
Teams must complete the online application (accessible from the link available on the right side of this page during the application period) to be eligible for the grants. This step must be completed before the team registers with FIRST.

Registration for approved teams
Teams that are approved for a grant from Rockwell Collins will receive an email directly from FIRST with instructions for registering and ordering materials. Teams must be registered (and unpaid) to receive funding from Rockwell Collins. Once notification of the grants is received, teams will be required to complete the registration process. Teams may be expected to pay a portion of their own costs.

Note: Teams should not pay for their registration and/or product prior to receiving notification of their grant as this may disqualify them from grant eligibility. FIRST suggests that if you think you may receive multiple grants, you should wait to complete the checkout process.

Iowa teacher stipends
Certified teachers who are coaching FLL teams for the first time and meet all team expectations as outlined above may be eligible for a stipend. A separate application process for teacher stipends will take place in the spring of each year. Eligible teachers will be notified of the process at that time by the Iowa FIRST affiliate partner.

Note: FIRST will be sending all final notifications of the Rockwell Collins FIRST LEGO® League Grants one week after the FLL challenge is released.

FIRST Tech Challenge
Teams eligible for these grants must have an affiliation with a school or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (e.g., 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club) and be located in Iowa.

Team expectations
Grant recipients must agree to the following:

  1. Teams will consist of five to 15 members between the ages of 14 and 18.
  2. The team will meet at least weekly throughout the season.
  3. Coaches will participate in a training session for coaches.
  4. The teams will participate in a tournament, which may be a regional or championship event.
  5. The coach will be responsible for managing the team and participating in a post-season evaluation.

Application process
Teams must complete the online application on our website before completing their registration with FIRST to be eligible for the grant.

Registration for approved teams
Teams that are approved for a grant from Rockwell Collins will receive an email directly from FIRST with instructions for registering and ordering materials. Teams must be registered (and unpaid) to receive funding from Rockwell Collins. Once notification of the grants is received, teams will be required to complete the registration process. Teams may be expected to pay a portion of their own costs.

Note: Teams should not pay for their registration and/or product prior to receiving notification of their grant as this may disqualify them from grant eligibility. FIRST suggests that if you think you may receive multiple grants, you should wait to complete the checkout process.

Iowa teacher stipends
Certified teachers who are coaching FTC teams for the first time and meet all team expectations as outlined above may be eligible for a stipend. A separate application process for teacher stipends will take place in the spring of each year. Eligible teachers will be notified of the process at that time by the Iowa FIRST affiliate partner.

For more information about Rockwell Collins' Iowa FTC grants, please contact FTC Iowa at ftc.iowa@gmail.com.

FIRST Robotics Competition
Teams eligible for these grants must have an affiliation with a school or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (e.g., 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Boys & Girls Club) and have a Rockwell Collins employee mentor/coach. If you meet the qualifications for a Rockwell Collins FIRST Robotics Challenge grant, please contact Adriana Johnson at Adriana.Johnson@rockwellcollins.com.

The Rockwell Collins FIRST Robotics Challenge grant application process opens each year in the fall.

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Grant forms for the
2016 - 2017 season

The Rockwell Collins' Iowa FIRST Tech Challenge & FIRST LEGO® League 2016-2017 Team Grants are closed.