Robotics programs are a great way to spark curiosity and drive interest in STEM careers for Florida's students. Throughout the FPL service area, we sponsor teams at all levels of the FIRST® (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology) family of programs. We also sponsor a number of regional competition events in Florida.
New for the 2018/19 season are rookie/new team grants for schools and organizations in a community where FPL is the power provider. FPL has provided the FIRST® organization with a grant of $75,000 to fund rookie/new teams for the 2018/2019 season. Teams will be funded until the monies are exhausted. Please note: these funds are not available for teams that do not receive their power from FPL.
Rookie grants will be administered by FIRST® headquarters with the following guidelines:
- FIRST Lego League Jr. $300
- FIRST Lego League $500
- FIRST Tech Challenge $750
- FIRST Robotics Competition $3,000
For a team that has been in existence for over one year submit the following required documents to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- FPL request for funding form.
- W-9 with the name, address and federal tax ID number of the entity that will manage your funds
- If you are a not-for-profit organization, the IRS determination letter 501c3
The following timeline will be used to fund mature teams.
FLL Jr. and FLL: July - Sept. 2018
FTC: July - Sept. 2018
FRC: Sept. 2018 - Feb. 2019
Checks are typically issued within six weeks of receiving a request for funding.