UPDATED: October 1, 2017
ORTOP Team Support Awards for financial assistance
ORTOP and our sponsors will provide some needs based financial support for teams who complete an application. Teams requesting support should be engaging in additional fundraising measures. Teams are encouraged to find corporate or company sponsors from their communities to support their teams. FIRST Tech Challenge teams can also apply for team support awards for the 2017 – 2018 FIRST Tech Challenge Season.
FINANCIAL TEAM SUPPORT for FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon 2017- 2018
- Funding through the national FIRSTⓇ organization
- Funding through ORTOP
- Timeline for applications and notifications
- Preparing to write the application
- Background on FIRST Tech Challenge
- Types of Applications and resources
- New School/Organization Applications (Rookie)
- Existing School/Organization/Team Applications (Veteran)
- Demographic reference tables
- W-9 FORMS
Funding through the national FIRSTⓇ organization :
1) October 1 update: funds remain for FIRST Rookie/Veteran Grants through FIRST
FIRST Rookie and Veteran Grants – application and administration through the national FIRST organization.
New Teams apply to receive a $750 grant credit ($275 to cover the full cost of national registration and $275 to be used in the FIRST storefront toward robot equipment)Veteran teams apply to receive a $275 grant credit to cover the full cost of national season registration.
PROCESS: Teams apply, start their team registration (new teams) or update their team registration (veteran teams) but DO NOT PAY the registration. If team is awarded a FIRST Rookie and Veteran Grant, a CREDIT will be added to their team registration profile. Teams who have already paid the $275 registration fee are not eligible to receive this award.
2) October 1 Update: Applications no longer being accepted
MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Award – for ROOKIE teams only, preference for team demonstrating financial need, administered by FIRST based on recommendation from ORTOP Affiliate Partner. Teams must apply using the ORTOP Team Support Award application below. If awarded this is $275 CREDIT for national registration is applied to the team’s national FIRST Tech Challenge Dashboard account and $475 CREDIT is applied to the FIRST Storefront account to purchase robot product. Team cannot pay for registration or order product prior to receiving the credit. FIRST will not reimburse a team who pays for registration ahead of award notification. ORTOP will notify applicant if recommendation was submitted to FIRST within days of submitting ORTOP Team Support Award Application.
PROCESS: Teams complete an ORTOP Team Support Award Application, start their team registration (new teams) but DO NOT PAY the registration fee. If team is awarded a FIRST Rookie and Veteran Grant, a CREDIT will be added to their team registration profile. Teams who have already paid the $275 registration fee are not eligible to receive this award.
Funding through ORTOP
October 1 update: Application process for ORTOP Team Support Awards closed on September 30. Applications no longer being accepted.
ORTOP (Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program) is a 501c3 organization separate from FIRST. ORTOP implements the FIRST programs in Oregon as an Affiliate Partner.
ORTOP Team Support Awards are open to schools, organizations and unaffiliated teams in all of Oregon and selected counties in the state of Washington, Klickatat and Skamania.
2017-2018 ORTOP Team Support Awards are made possible by a grant from the Oregon Department of Education, and corporate sponsorship from Rockwell Collins, Google, Insitu, Qorvo, Garmin, and others.
TIMELINE for Application and Notification:
Application process for all team support awards listed below
- Applications accepted from NOW – September 30th. No applications will be accepted after September 30th.
- 1st round notifications will begin Sept 30th for all awards for applications submitted by September 15th.
- 2nd round notifications will happen on October 10th for all awards for applications submitted by September 30th.
FOLLOW UP: W-9 FORMS
Upon submitting your online ORTOP Team Support Award Application, please send a copy of your W-9 for the school, organization affiliated with your team or individual (for unaffiliated teams).
Scan and email to: W-9(at)ortop(dot) org
or US Mail to: ORTOP, 4800 SW Griffith Drive-Suite 215 Beaverton, OR 97005
or fax to: 888-653-2552