How is our Rookie or Veteran team status determined?
We use criteria from your application to determine whether your team is considered a Rookie or a Veteran team. This designation will only apply to FIRST in Texas Team Grants, and may change depending on the grant source.
When are Team Grants awarded?
The majority of grants will be awarded during our three primary Review Rounds; however, we continue to award grants throughout the duration of the season. Your application will remain on file and will be reviewed for all grant opportunities for which your team may be eligible.
Additional requirements (depending on the grant) may include:
Providing payment and/or shipping information
Submitting a TWC Roster
Submitting information on how to allocate grant funds
Submitting receipts for purchases made
You will receive a Grant Checklist along with your Grant Award Notification Email that will list any additional requirements for the type of grant you receive.
Failure to complete any grant requirements will result in a team / school / organization’s ineligibility to receive FIRST in Texas Team Grants for one full season following the current season.
How is a team’s eligibility determined for grant awards?
We manage a variety of grants from different grantors; each grant will have its own eligibility requirements. See the individual grantor pages for more information on eligibility requirements.
How will we know if we receive a Team Grant?
If your team is awarded a grant, you will receive a Grant Award Notification Email at the email address associated with your Submittable account.
FIRST in Texas Team Grants will NOT show up on your Team’s Dashboard at www.firstinspires.org (exception applies to some FIRST Robotics Competition team grants; see your award email for details).
What happens if we don’t receive a Team Grant?
If your team is NOT selected to receive an award in Round 1, you will receive a notification email indicating that your submission has been Declined for Round 1.
Within 72 hours, your submission will be re-opened for editing, should you need to make any changes. 24 hours (or earlier) prior to the start of Round 2 reviews, your submission will be closed and placed back in the “In Progress” queue for review in Round 2. This process will be repeated for any subsequent rounds in which your team does not receive an award.