Financial support

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.

Kit bursaries

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.

Travel Awards

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.

Fundraising

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.

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.