Financial support

Fuelled by generous supporters and industry partners, FIRST Tech Challenge UK provides financial support to equip schools with a reusable, sustainable robotics provision to transform young lives for years to come.

The most rewarding moment has been seeing the passion, enthusiasm, and energy from the students. They’ve engaged in the task, adapted to overcome, and really put their heart and soul into the competition. It's been breathtaking.

Rob, Content Developer, ARM

Making STEM accessible

We’re on a mission to provide all young people with access to expeditionary learning using robotics. We offer a range of support aimed at reducing barriers to participation whilst driving diversity, inclusion and social mobility.

Kit bursaries

Full and partial bursaries are available to schools to assist with the cost of a reusable robotics kit - powering one team of up to 15 learners. In 2019-20 the charity seeks to support at least 25% of applicants with a full bursary, and 50% of applicants with a partial (50%) bursary.

Travel Awards

Additional grants are made available during the season for teams needing help with travel or supply teacher costs in order to attend events.

Applying for financial support

Requests for financial support are made via the main registration form – organisations applying for financial bursaries will have registration fees deferred until notified of the outcome.


Community outreach is considered a key development opportunity for learners. Fundraising tools and missions to encourage community engagement are embedded in the programme. The majority of teams successfully unlock sponsorship and gift-in-kind from local businesses and their wider school network – gaining a sense of achievement in doing so.

Deferred invoicing

The charity defers invoicing of kits until the autumn term – providing time for teams to undertake community outreach and fundraising activities if desired.

Accessibility partner

The Arconic Foundation helps prepare tomorrow's workforce for successful, rewarding careers that advance the future of manufacturing while keeping our communities strong and vibrant. The Arconic Foundation's generosity powers a national programme of travel awards and grants to teams.