Financial Support

FIRST® Tech Challenge UK & Ireland is a not-for-profit charity on a mission to make STEM educational programmes accessible and affordable to all. Thanks to the generous support of partners like the Arconic Foundation, we're able to provide bursaries and kit loans to equip and empower young people with the STEM and life skills they need.

All bursaries for the 2018-19 FIRST® Tech Challenge UK & Ireland have been allocated. These were distributed on a rolling basis - please check back in the spring for financial support opportunities for the 2019-20 season!

Financial support is available to state schools and public funded youth groups, assessed on a merit basis against information provided within the funding application form and accompanying short film.


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 is powering a bursary scheme providing the cost of one robotics kit (£800) - enabling a team of up to 15 to participate. Conditions apply.

Kit loans

Kit loans are reserved for organisations working in under-served communities. FIRST® Tech Challenge UK & Ireland typically describe this as schools where 25% or more of pupils are eligible for free school meals or in receipt of the pupil premium. Organisations selected for kit loans will be provided with a robotics kit at no charge and may elect to purchase or return the kit at the end of the season. Conditions apply.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis!

Apply for funding