FIRST® Tech Challenge UK is a charity on a mission to make STEM education accessible to all. Fueled by generous supporters and industry partners we offer financial support to equip schools with a reusable, sustainable robotics provision to transform young lives for years to come.
Making STEM accessible
We offer a range of financial support in order to reduce barriers to participation whilst driving diversity, inclusion and social mobility.
Each season we issue up to 25% of schools with bursaries covering the full cost of a reusable robotics kit and seek to support a further 50% of teams with a 50% subsidy.
Additional grants are made available during the season to teams needing help with travel or supply teacher costs to attend events.
Applying for financial support
Requests for financial support are made via the main registration form – organisations applying for support will have any registration fee deferred until notified of the outcome.
Community outreach is considered a key development opportunity for learners – fundraising tools, support and missions are embedded to the programme. The majority of teams successfully unlock sponsorship and gift in kind from local businesses and the wider school network – gaining a deep sense of achievement in doing so.
The charity defers invoicing of kits until the autumn term – providing time for teams to undertake community outreach and fundraising activities if desired.
- Non-fee paying OFSTED registered UK schools, SEND and Alternative Providers with a secondary provision
- Youth and Community Groups will be considered on a case by case basis
- Available only to organisations who have not previously received a kit bursary
- May be applied for by any non-fee paying participating team and will be advertised during the season
Factors taken into consideration when assessing requests for financial support include:
- Pupil Premium levels
- Social deprivation indexing
- Other supporting information supplied
The charity aims to support at least 25% of applicants annually with a full bursary, and 50% of applicants with a partial (50%) bursary.
Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and organisations will typically be informed of outcome by email within 14 days of submitting their application. A grant award letter is issued to successful applicants detailing the amount, duration and terms of the award.
Teams receiving a full bursary will be issued with an invoice for £149 (+VAT) and a grant award letter for £750.
Teams receiving a partial bursary will be issued with an invoice for £149 (+VAT) payable within 30 days and a grant award letter for £375. A supplementary invoice will be issued in September 2019 for £375 (+VAT) with respect of the balance due for the robotics kit.
Teams unsuccessful in their application will be issued with an invoice for £149 (+VAT )payable within 30 days. A supplementary invoice will be issued in September 2019 for £750 (+VAT) with respect of the balance due for the robotics kit.
Payment of registration fee
Regardless of financial support, all teams pay the £149 (+VAT) registration fee.
Invoicing of the registration fee is deferred for teams applying for financial support until notified of the outcome.
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.