Targeted Grant Making

Grant Opportunities

KC STEM Alliance engages in targeted grant making to support STEM education in the Kansas City region on a limited basis, as funds allow. Applications for the 2020-21 FIRST robotics season will be announced as they become available.

Grant support for FIRST Robotics teams

Applications for FIRST Tech Challenge open through 9/25/2020

KC STEM Alliance will offer grants to support and increase student participation in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) in the following counties: Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas; and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte in Missouri. Applications are due at 5 p.m. Friday, September 25, 2020.

* If for any reason you are unable to use this Google Form or upload a budget, please contact Shani Negron at negrons@kcstem.org. Last year’s FIRST Tech Challenge grants averaged $418 per team and ranged from $200 to $700. This season’s grant amounts will be determined by the number of applications, evaluation of applications by a grant review board and the total amount of grant funding available.

The Timeline

Application deadline: September 25, 2020

Notification of award: October 9, 2020

Distribution of checks: 3 weeks after receipt of invoice

Special Note: KC STEM Alliance is not currently considering teams for advancement grants. As the season progresses we will revisit advancement grant opportunities.

FIRST Robotics Competition Team Grants

Applications for grants to FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) teams in the following counties: Johnson and Wyandotte in Kansas; and Cass, Clay, Jackson and Platte in Missouri, will open at a later date.

Eligibility and Funding Priorities

Eligible recipients include K-12 public or private schools and non-profit community organizations that serve low-income students and/or traditionally underserved communities. In addition, limited funding is available for rookie or young teams, those new to fundraising and those doing exceptional STEM outreach. For the purpose of this grant, low-income schools are defined as schools serving a population with at least 21 percent of students eligible for free or reduced lunch. Underserved populations are defined as females, minorities and students with disabilities.  Funds for this initiative originate from the generosity of multiple local funders to the KC STEM Alliance.

The number of grants awarded each year is based on the number and type of applications received and determined by a grants committee.

Grant Program Goals

The goal of these grants is to sustain robotics programs in underserved communities, facilitate recent start-up teams and encouraging teams engaging in STEM outreach. Successful applications will address a diverse socio-economic school environment; increased student engagement in STEM education through FIRST Robotics; commitment to the development of student teams; recruitment of volunteer mentors; designing and building of remote-controlled robots; and, participation in one of the Kansas City FIRST Regional Competitions or one of the FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifiers in the Kansas City area.

See grant application for additional details.