HARDSHIP GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE to aid teams that would otherwise be unable to participate in FIRST LEGO League without some assistance. In addition to FIRST typically providing a limited number of Hardship Grants to each region, we also forward applications to Friends of FIRST, who have so graciously funded Louisiana teams in the past. And we often have additional anonymous donors we can turn to.
If you are interested in applying for a Hardship Grant for your FIRST LEGO League CHALLENGE (ages 9-14) or EXPLORE (ages 6-10) team, please complete this application. For CHALLENGE teams, the grant will pay for a maximum of 2 of the 3 registration items (robot, registration, field set). For EXPLORE (Junior) teams, 1 or both items may be chosen. The most important consideration in the grant application is your explanation of the hardship. If available, it can be very helpful to include information on your school’s statistics for free and reduced lunch, but it does not necessarily eliminate your application if you don’t have it. The DEADLINE to be considered for the first round of these Hardship Grants is Friday, July 30th. A second round will be considered if funding is still available.
ALL of the items below must be filled out to be eligible. AND you must have a team number, which can be last year’s number for returning teams. If you are a new team, creating a team profile in the registration system at http://www.firstinspires.org will generate a temporary team number. To begin, create an account (user name and password), and it will take you to your “dashboard”, where you can create a team. DO NOT PAY FOR YOUR REGISTRATION IF YOU ARE REQUESTING THE GRANT FOR REGISTRATION!!! The grant cannot reimburse already paid expenses.