Team budgets vary widely depending on team size and goals.
|FIRST Robotics Competition Budget for Team (9th-12th grade)|
|An average team size for FRC is 20 students|
|Expenses for District Competitions based on 20 students per team||Veteran||Rookie||Comments|
| FIRST National Registration fee/PNW District Registration fee
(includes 2 competitions and district championship if you qualify, kit of parts and game design)
|$10,900||$10,900||This is always supplemented by PNW District sponsors|
|District Championship (included above)||$0||$0|
|FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship||$5,000||$0||About 20% of teams advance|
|Additional electronics parts||$500||$200|
|Fabrication materials: aluminum, polycarbonate, etc.||$2000||$1,000|
|Materials to build practice field elements||$500||$200|
|Office and Marketing supplies ex. outreach events, buttons||$400||$200|
FIRST Robotics Competition teams are encouraged to fund-raise for their team financial costs. Schools can apply for grants to offset some costs or purchase needed items. Teams will often use a combination of approaches to underwrite their efforts.
- Fundraising activities Teams may decide to engage in fundraising activities such as car washes, garage sales, or bake sales.
- Team sponsors Often a local business or a private individual will be interested in sponsoring a team. The sponsor may contribute part of the costs of the team. In addition the sponsor may want to help purchase team shirts or hats. The sponsor will often appreciate recognition on the team shirts, banners, etc.
- Team member dues Often a team will request that each team member contribute a certain minimum amount towards the costs of the team. Depending on the team and the ability of the team members to pay, each member might contribute from ten to a hundred dollars.
FIRST Washington and ORTOP work with our sponsors to decrease registration fees. In addition, ORTOP administers a grant through the Oregon Department of Education. For more information and to apply, click here.