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

To register a team go to www.firstinspires.org, without paying the fee, then use this link to apply for rookie grant funding: Rookie team grant application

For a team that has been in existence for over one year submit the following required documents to maureen.wilt@fpl.com:

  • 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.