FIRST Grants

Collins Aerospace and Raytheon Technologies have been longtime strategic sponsors of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®), contributing more than $20 million over 25 years.

FIRST is our largest science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) partner. Increasing the number of students who participate in FIRST LEGO® League, Jr., FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition, we can further our goals to:

  • Create access to STEM curricula for students in underrepresented populations
  • Introduce students ages 5-12 to STEM disciplines
  • Provide opportunities for students to learn skills that are essential for our future workforce

Collins Aerospace FIRST team grant eligibility

Collins Aerospace offers two FIRST team grant programs, which are administered through the application form on the right of the screen. Teams that meet the following criteria are eligible for a team grant sponsored by Collins Aerospace.

  • The Collins Aerospace Employee Mentored/Coached FIRST Team Grant program:
    •  The Collins Aerospace FIRST team grants are available to any team with an employee coach and/or mentor(s)
  • The Collins Aerospace Redefining Futures FIRST Team Grant program:
    •  A Collins Aerospace employee mentor/coach is not required
    • FIRST team is located in a state/country with a major company site (see location listing below)
    • FIRST team has two or more of the following attributes:
      • Newly formed FIRST team
      • Team of high-need/over 50 percent free/reduced lunch rates
      • Teams with over 50 percent makeup of underrepresented populations in STEM fields

FIRST team grant application dates

The Collins Aerospace FIRST Team Grant programs open shortly after FIRST World Championships conclude.

Deadlines for the current season’s Collins Aerospace FIRST Team Grant program are as follows:

FIRST LEGO League Junior deadline: August 14, 2020

FIRST LEGO League deadline: August 14, 2020

FIRST Tech Challenge deadline: August 14, 2020

FIRST Robotic Competition deadline: November 6, 2020

Current Collins Aerospace and FIRST communities

The following countries, states and regions are eligible for the Collins Aerospace Redefining Futures FIRST Team Grant program:

  • California – southern region
  • Connecticut
  • Illinois – Rockford
  • Iowa
  • North Carolina
  • Florida – central and southern regions
  • Oregon
  • Virginia
  • Texas – central region
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Washington
  • Puerto Rico
  • Canada

FIRST teams outside of these places and/or that do not have an employee mentor/coach are highly encouraged to visit theFIRST fundraising toolkit and to visit with their region’sFIRST affiliate partner for local grant opportunities.

Collins Aerospace FIRST Team Grant Program details

  • Collins Aerospace FIRST team grants come in the form of materials and team registration through FIRST and not cash payments made directly to FIRST teams
  • Teams that have already received or are receiving sponsorship through the form of registration and/or a FIRST Kit of parts and materials, or have submitted payment for the current FIRST season, are not eligible for our FIRST Team Grant program. Refunds and re-grants cannot be made to teams that have already purchased kits/materials/FIRST registration.
  • Please allow four weeks from the date of grant application receipt for processing. Each organization is allowed up to two teams for FRC, FLL, and FTC teams, and up to 4 teams for FLL Jr for financial support from Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney. Please submit an individual application for each team.
  • Teams will be notified of their grant status via email from FIRST headquarters within four to six weeks of application submission. Approved teams will be emailed instructions for registering and ordering materials. Once notification is received, teams will be required to register with FIRST within 30 days.

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