FIRST teams are now able to utilize to fund projects. While they cannot use it to pay registration, they can use it for supplies. Here is some information.
Selective Funding for FIRST team projects:
This back-to-school season, FIRST and NewsCorp are thrilled to support teachers again in leading FIRST teams with a selective funding opportunity.  Projects requesting resources to support FIRST teams can have the chance to receive selective funding from FIRST.  Unlike a match offer, this selective funding opportunity will help your project be considered by FIRST for a donation to partially fund your project.  
Here’s how to get a project considered for selective FIRST funding:
  • You already lead a FIRST team at your school or want to start a FIRST team
  • Create a project requesting resources for your FIRST team, like 3D printers, laptops, computer tablets, FIRST robot supplies, LEGO robot or building sets, hand or power tools or any other FIRST team material need.
  • If you need to request points to create a Special Request project for any of the resources you need, let us know.
  • Projects requesting FIRST registration will not receive selective funding now, but will have the opportunity to be selectively funded in May.
  • Class trips and visitors won’t be considered for this opportunity, but you can still post a project requesting a trip or visitor following the regular guidelines.