The TVA Grant is now opened and is accepting applications for the 2020-21 FIRST Season
- All FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotic teams in the TVA Service Area are eligible for funding, which will cover the following for each program:
- FIRST Robotics Competition Rookie team – $1,000 towards Registration fees
- FIRST Tech Challenge – $306 Registration, shipping and tax
- FIRST LEGO League Explore – $130 Registration, Inspire Set, tax and shipping
- FIRST LEGO League Challenge – $363 Registration, Challenge Set, tax and shipping
- FIRST Robotics Competition Veteran team – $500 towards Registration fees
- Teams must begin the registration process with FIRST and hold a temporary team (if a Rookie team) or team number (Veteran teams), however, teams must NOT pay for registration as it will forfeit their TVA Grant. No exceptions, substitutions or refunds will be made.
- TVA team grants are available on a first come, first served basis. Funds will be available until Dec 1, 2020 OR until funds for the grant have been utilized.
- All teams interested in receiving TVA funds must submit a very short online application to FIRST
- FIRST will send grant information and the application link to all teams that received TVA funding last season and encourage them to apply for funds if they intend to participate this season.
- We ask that Partners send the application link to any other teams that are eligible for TVA funds – new/rookie teams or returning teams that did not receive funding last season.
- You may choose to post the TVA information and application link on your website or social media channels
TVA Grant Process
- FIRST will review all grant requests.
- FIRST will send the grant requests to Tennessee Valley Authority to verify the team’s location within their service area. This process usually takes 48 hours.
- Once FIRST receives the approval back from Tennessee Valley Authority, teams can expect the grant funds to be available within 5 business days.
- Teams should expect to receive 3 emails during the application process
- To confirm that they have successfully submitted the application
- To notify them of approval and application of funds
- Information about recognizing/thanking TVA and the use of the TVA logo.
- Any teams that have already paid registration or are outside of the TVA services area will be referred back to the Partner.
- Any questions regarding this process should be directed to Amanda Pham at firstname.lastname@example.org.