Newport News Shipbuilding FTC Grant and FIRST Chesapeake Board FTC Grant: Deadline January 8th, 2021.


Newport News Shipbuilding FTC Grants:

Funding is available for teams in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. Teams must be located in the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Mathews, Surry, York or the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach, Franklin, or Williamsburg. 

This grant places a special emphasis upon FTC teams that need assistance with materials or local registration fees, although other needs will be considered if deemed appropriate. Funding levels will generally not exceed $1,000 and must be used for expenses associated with the 2020-2021 FTC competition season. 

Application available here.


FIRST Chesapeake Board FTC Team Grants:

This year, the FIRST Chesapeake Board of Directors have personally contributed to help support under-represented and under-resourced FTC teams in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Grants may be used to help defray the costs of materials, local competitions, outreach, and/or travel. Teams who are especially focused upon promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within their communities are encouraged to apply. Funding levels will not exceed $1,200 and must be for expenses associated with the 2020-2021 FTC season. Teams who are eligible to apply for the Newport News Shipbuilding Grant, are also eligible to apply for this grant if their total demonstrated need is greater than $1,000.

Application available here

You are invited to attend a virtual Town Hall Tuesday, December 15th, at 6:00pm on Twitch-
We will give updates on the FIRST Chesapeake FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition
2020-21 seasons and answer your questions.
If you have questions that you would like to see addressed during the Town Hall, please submit them  here. We will answer as many questions as time permits.
A recording of the town hall will be available later on YouTube for those unable to attend.

Reminder- the deadline for the FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassador Program Sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton has been extended to MONDAY DECEMBER 7, 2020, 5:00pm

Please also note, there are expanded opportunities to volunteer virtually, so the eligibility requirements allow FIRST Chesapeake alumni to participate, even if you go to university/college out of state!

Click HERE for more details

Click HERE to go directly to the application












Due to the upward trending COVID 19 positivity rates in Maryland and Virginia, as well as the dramatic uptick in hospitalizations over the past 2 weeks, FIRST Chesapeake has made the difficult decision to postpone the Saturday, December 5th FTC Scrimmages Sponsored by InSource Solutions until January- date TBD. As always, the health and safety of our teams and volunteers are our first priorities, and at this point, health experts are advising against in-person gatherings. FIRST Chesapeake will notify all participants once it has been determined that it is safe to resume our events. Until then, we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Let's stay connected!
We realize in this current climate many people will not be able to volunteer with FIRST Chesapeake the way they have in the past.
In light of this, FIRST Chesapeake's volunteers selected a special season volunteer t-shirt that will not only be given to this year's volunteers (on-site and remote), but is available to everyone! We are glad to mail a shirt to you for a $20 donation (no additional shipping cost).
In addition to getting a cool limited edition volunteer shirt, your $20 will help support FIRST Chesapeake programs in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. (You will receive an automated email for your records acknowledging $15 of your payment as a tax deductible contribution). A special thanks to our sponsor, Triangle for helping to defray the costs of these shirts.
Supplies are limited, so don't wait! ORDER FORM
The FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassador Program is back with team grants and expanded opportunities to volunteer virtually--an exclusive opportunity for FIRST Alumni!
FIRST Chesapeake represents the FTC and FRC community in DC, Maryland, and Virginia and highly values the contributions of FIRST alumni as volunteers, mentors, and community advocates. In 2020, FIRST Chesapeake launched a new program that gave FIRST alumni opportunities to:
  • 1) connect with other FIRST alumni across the region;
  • 2) gain unique professional networking opportunities with FIRST supporters; and
  • 3) give back to the FIRST community.
Who are Alumni Ambassadors?
FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassadors are:
  • a new generation of technical and trained competition volunteers (graduated from high school within the past ten years);
  • models of Coopertition® and Gracious Professionalism®;
  • mentors and volunteers who support FIRST Chesapeake teams, especially new teams and teams in high-need areas;
  • advocates who can explain FIRST and speak to its impact at community events.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2021 FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassadors cohort. The application deadline is December 7th. Eligibility and program details are included below and on the Alumni Ambassador Program application.
Thanks to the generosity of Booz Allen Hamilton, we have this opportunity to highlight the contributions of FIRST alumni, while ensuring we have a cohort of experienced, committed alumni volunteers to support the next generation of FIRST teams. The 2021 cohort of Alumni Ambassadors, selected in December 2020, will be given the necessary training to assume more complex volunteer roles at District events, be publicly acknowledged for their role as FIRST alumni representatives, and will be eligible for grants of $1,000 to the FIRST team or program of their choice.
Completed application submitted by December 7, 2020.
Ambassadors must be an FTC or FRC alumnus who has graduated from high school in the past ten years.
Ambassadors can be either:
  • FIRST Chesapeake alumni- even if you go to university/college out of state (you can meet qualifications virtually)
  • FIRST Alumni who participated in a FIRST team anywhere, but to be eligible to serve as a FIRST Chesapeake Alumni Ambassador, participants must reside in DC, Maryland, or Virginia.
Alumni Ambassador application deadline:
December 7, 2020, 5:00PM *updated*
Selected Ambassadors will be notified by December 11, 2020.
Other considerations:
Upon completion of the Ambassador Program, $1,000 grants will be awarded to the FIRST team chosen by the Alumni Ambassador.
Contact Sandy Furman at
Learn more about FTC volunteer roles for the upcoming season at this virtual event Saturday, December 12, 2020 ~ 10am-11am.
You will receive a link by email to the video call the week of the event.
Click here to sign up! All registered attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a limited edition volunteer t-shirt (winner to be announced during the workshop.)
Has your team been the ‘go to’ team for advice in the pits in years past? Do you have skills and expertise you would love to share? In this unique year, there is still a need to offer support to one another. We are looking for some teams to act as experts, and plan to set up virtual meeting spaces before and during the competition season. To find out more about the expectations for teams willing to volunteer, contact Rose Young (). 

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In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call 804.464.8945
after 5am for updates