Texas Workforce Commission Grant Information | 2017 – 2018
On this page you will find information regarding the Texas Workforce Commission Grant for the 2017 – 2018 season. Please read the information carefully even if you have applied for the grant in previous seasons, as grant information changes from season to season.
Purpose of Grant
To promote the development of new teams and events in the state of Texas, and to promote the outreach to teams serving military bases, teams made up of home-schooled students, and teams with members who have disabilities or are economically disadvantaged.
All students must be between 9th – 12th grades and must be living in the state of Texas.
eligibility documentation requirements
FIRST® in Texas uses an Eligibility Form, a standardized form used to document the eligibility requirements. The Texas Workforce Commission Grant, or TWC Grant, requires verification of student enrollment directly from the educational institute itself. For that reason, FIRST® in Texas cannot accept any verification from a third-party. The Eligibility Form can be filled out and then either printed on school letterhead or signed by a school administrator.
If a school is unwilling to provide the Eligibility Form, a number of alternatives are available. FIRST® in Texas can accept any signed letter from a school administrator listing the names of the students on the teams and their grade level. FIRST® in Texas can also accept a copy any official correspondence between the school and the student which contains the students name and grade level (all other information should be blacked out). In the event a student is home-schooled, FIRST® in Texas can accept a signed letter from the parent explaining that the child is home-schooled and the grade the student is in.
The required information for eligibility verification (student name and grade level) is described as directory information in Subpart D section 99.37 of FERPA. Each school will have a directory information policy which will govern this information. FERPA does not forbid the disclosure of this information; it merely sets up guidelines for school policies.
Inclusion of communities historically underrepresented and under-served in STEM, financial need, participation in activities that promote and expand robotics in the state of Texas, and teams located in areas where there is less of an established FIRST® presence.
FIRST® robotics competition
- Veteran Teams | $1,500
- Rookie Teams | $6,000
FIRST® tech challenge
- Veteran Teams | $525
- Rookie Teams | $1,525
Equipment, Robot Components, and Registration Expenses
Travel, Food, and Lodging Costs
All awards will be delivered as either direct payment to FIRST®; as gift cards/store credit to AndyMark or REV Robotics; direct payment to Affiliate Partners for event fees; or as reimbursements for previously incurred costs. No payment will be made to a team without documentation of expense. Additional terms will apply to grant recipient teams – your grant notification email will contain full details.
Championship registration fees
Any Texas Workforce Commission awarded team that qualifies at a Texas event for the South Super Regional Championship will have the South Super Regional Championship event fee covered by FIRST® in Texas through Texas Workforce Commission funds. Teams that qualify from an event outside of Texas are not eligible to have this fee covered.
Update: Additional funds for Regional Championships and the World Championship will be available through Texas Workforce Commission for the 2017-2018 season! Teams who meet the TWC eligibility requirements and advance to a Regional Championship event or the World Championship event are eligible to have their event fees reimbursed.