In line with this commitment, we are pleased to announce the FIRST Chesapeake Travel Incentive Grant, underwritten by the Argosy Foundation, to encourage teams to travel to more remote FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) events, ensuring the availability of rural options for FIRST programs.
Objective: The primary objective of this grant is to support and encourage FRC teams registered in densely populated areas, particularly Severn, MD, and Owings Mills, MD, to travel to remote events such as Blacksburg, VA, in order to diversify the geographic distribution of FRC competitions. By doing so, we aim to promote the growth of FIRST programs in rural and underserved communities.
Eligibility Criteria: To be eligible for the FIRST Chesapeake Travel Incentive Grant, teams must meet the following criteria:
Application Process: Teams interested in applying for the FIRST Chesapeake Travel Incentive Grant should complete the online application form, which will be available on the FIRST Chesapeake website. The application will require teams to provide information about their FRC event registration and travel plans.
Selection Process: Grant recipients will be selected by a review committee comprised of FIRST Chesapeake Staff and FRC Team Advisory Committee members.
Grant Award Disbursement: Grants will be awarded on a rolling basis, and recipients will be notified promptly upon selection.
The FIRST Chesapeake Travel Incentive Grant, sponsored by the Argosy Foundation, is a unique opportunity for FRC teams to contribute to the growth of FIRST programs in underserved areas while receiving support for their travel expenses. By participating in more remote events, teams can help create a more inclusive and accessible robotics community.
We encourage eligible teams to apply by the October 26 deadline, and we look forward to supporting and celebrating your commitment to FIRST values and inclusivity in STEM education.
For any questions or additional information, please contact Isaiah Marriner or reach out via the #frc-events Slack channel.