On this page you will find information regarding the Texas Active Rookie Partnership (TARP) Grant.
Purpose of Grant
This grant is designed to assist with team development in the state of Texas by asking Veteran FIRST Robotics Competition teams to identify and mentor new Rookie FIRST Robotics Competition teams in their area. Veteran teams identifying a new Rookie team, assisting them with their team development before the season begins, mentoring them through the build season and actively assisting them at one regular season event in Texas for two consecutive seasons will be considered for this grant. Funding for this grant is made possible by generous contributions from the Argosy Foundation and the Overdeck Foundation.
Any veteran Texas FIRST Robotics Competition team in at least their 3rd year of participation in FIRST Robotics Competition is eligible. Teams that have previously not participated in the TARP Program will receive priority for participation in the event of more teams applying for the program than can be supported.
The Rookie team must meet FIRST headquarters’ definition of a Rookie team. If a Rookie team is from the same school or has shared mentors with the Veteran team, that Rookie team is not a qualifying team for grant consideration. Although this was not previously enforced, this is a requirement of the funders of this grant. Teams that were partnered in past seasons are not impacted.
This is a two-year grant and will be paid out in two separate portions at the end of each season once clear deliverables have been met. The total grant is in the amount of $5,000 per Rookie partnership ($2,000 to be paid at the end of the first season and $3,000 to be paid at the end of the second season).
What does a team have to do to be considered for this grant?
The veteran team must notify FIRST in Texas as soon as they have identified the Rookie team they will be partnering with. Local Program Delivery Partners and Senior Mentors will help determine who is accepted for this grant and can nominate teams for this grant.
The partnered teams must complete and return the TARP Guidelines and Deliverables Agreement document within two weeks of being notified by FIRST in Texas that you have been accepted to the program. At the end of the competition season, both teams must complete surveys from FIRST in Texas and FIRST headquarters in order to receive funding. Teams that do not meet expectations will not receive funding and will be dropped from the program.
The Veteran team must also complete the FIRST in Texas grant application.
Is there any compensation for the Rookie team?
No, but the grant funds are unrestricted. Veteran teams can choose how the funds are used and can share them with their Rookie team if desired.
Can a Veteran team mentor more than one Rookie in a season?
Yes, but only one first year Rookie team may be mentored per season. In consecutive years, the Veteran will continue to mentor their second year Rookie team and may mentor a new first year Rookie team at the same time.
Can a team mentor any other level of FIRST team to be eligible for this grant?
No; only the development and mentoring of a Rookie FIRST Robotics Competition team will be considered.
FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST LEGO League Junior mentorship relationships will not count towards eligibility for this grant.