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FIRST Robotics Grant

Grants to USA and Puerto Rico Nonprofits and School Districts
to Support STEM Mentor-based Programming

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Bayer Fund

Deadline Date:

09/30/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to USA and Puerto Rico nonprofit organizations and school districts in eligible communities for mentor-based robotics programs and competitions. Pre-authorization is required before applying. Priority is given to teams that demonstrate diversity, such as female-led teams, economically diverse teams, or racially or gender diverse teams.

Bayer Fund supports FIRST Robotics teams in United States communities where its employees live and work. This program inspires young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build necessary skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities such as self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), FIRST Lego League (FLL) and FIRST Lego League Junior (FLL-Jr) teams will be supported, prioritizing teams that demonstrate diversity to maximize impact. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161198

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum grant size:
- A FRC Team can apply for a $3,000 grant.
- A FTC Team can apply for a $1,000 grant.
- A FLL Team can apply for a $500 grant.
- A FLL Junior Team can apply for a $500 grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicant teams:
- School districts or organizations who hold a 501©3 tax-exempt status and have been operating as a 501©3 for a minimum of two years.

- School districts or organizations who are units of government under Section 170©(1), such as public schools, libraries, villages and municipalities

- Organizations must be located within about 30 miles of one of the eligible site communities:

All teams must be registered with FIRST. Teams that are not yet registered through FIRST as an official team are not eligible.

Not funded:
- Activities that directly support Bayer marketing programs
- Projects in which Bayer or Bayer Fund has a financial interest or could derive a financial benefit through cash or rights to intellectual property
-Organizations that discriminate based on race, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age or national origin.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period begins August 15 and closes September 30 at 11:59 PM Central Time (CT).

To apply, applicants must obtain the invitation code from the Bayer site contact in the team’s local community. If you do not have a contact at your local site location, you may submit a summary of your team and select your eligible site community through the Contact Us page.

Grant decisions will be communicated by email in November.

To register a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team, grades 9-12, see:

To register a FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) team, grades 7-12, see:

To register a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team, grades 4-8, see:

To register a FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr) team, ages 6-10, see:

To learn more about team registration and frequently asked questions, see:

There is no limit to the number of applications school districts or organizations can submit but there is a limit to the number of winning applications per school. Bayer Fund will award up to three grants per school or organization.

All grant funds will be provided directly to FIRST and applied to the appropriate team account. Once payment has been made for any competition fees, teams can request a regrant from FIRST through their standard process to utilize any remaining funds.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online after receiving your invitation code:

For questions, contact:

Bayer Fund
800 N. Lindbergh Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63167

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Casa Grande, Eloy, and Marana ;   Arkansas: Jonesboro and Stuttgart;   California: Arroyo Grande, Berkeley, La Jolla, Oxnard, Salinas, San Francisco, San Juan Bautista, Williams, and Woodland;   Florida: Felda;   Hawaii: Haleiwa-Oahu, Kaunakakai-Molokai, Kihei-Maui, and Kunia, Oahu;   Idaho: Filer, Nampa, Payette, and Soda Springs;   Illinois: Ashton, Bloomington, Centralia, Chicago, Farmer City, Illiopolis, Jerseyville, Mason City, Monmouth, Stonington, Thomasboro, and Waterman;   Indiana: Evansville, Lebanon, Remington, and Windfall;   Iowa: Ankeny, Beaman, Boone, Clarion, Grinnell, Huxley, Muscatine, Storm Lake, and Williamsburg;   Kansas: Wichita;   Louisiana: Luling;   Maryland: Galena;   Massachusetts: Cambridge;   Michigan: Constantine and Mason;   Minnesota: Glyndon, Olivia, Owatonna, Redwood Falls, and Stanton;   Mississippi: Flora, Hollandale, and Scott;   Missouri: Marshall, Matthews, and St. Louis;   Nebraska: Gothenburg, Kearney, and Waco;   New Jersey: Morristown and Whippany;   New Mexico: Las Cruces;   North Carolina: Mt. Olive;   North Dakota: West Fargo;   Ohio: Findlay and Greenville;   South Carolina: Hartsville;   South Dakota: Harrisburg;   Tennessee: Union City;   Texas: Aiken, College Station, Donna, and Lubbock;   Washington: Othello and Seattle;   Wisconsin: Arlington and DeForest

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