The call for this grant was different than last year’s, and was $5K for one FRC team rather than a community-based effort. I don’t see it on the FIRST web site any more, but I copied the questions:
If you have a documented outreach plan, please upload it here. If you do not, please fill out the next 2 boxes.
Briefly describe the goal for your Equity and Access Outreach.
Explain how this additional funding will help your team increase Equity and Access to FIRST Programs in your area. Please be as specific as possible, as priority will be given to teams with concrete plans and ideas.
Prior to filling out the application, please complete Module 1 of the Inspiring Success for All Training available here: https://www.firstinspires.org/resource-library/training-equity-diversity-inclusion
Please post your Goals from the Goal Setting Activities at the end of Module 1.
So it was really specific to FRC teams. I did not copy the description of the grant.
Then it asked for team-specific information:
How many team members describe their current gender identity as?:
How many team members do you have on your team?
How many of your team members have participated in FIRST LEGO League?
How many of your team members have participated in FIRST Tech Challenge?
Is your FIRST Robotics Competition team affiliated with a Title 1 school? (select one)
What percentage of young people in your community participate in the reduced/free lunch program?
What percentage of the young people on your team come from low income families?
Anyway, we just got our own shop (in the lat couple of weeks!) and it is right next to a school that is 100% economically disadvantaged. We have some big plans for the types of services we can provide to the local community and we have some great partners (local companies and professional sports teams) to help. Our kids brainstormed and helped write an outreach plan - they did a great job! So maybe we can actually show some significant progress in this community by next year and will have a chance at receiving the grant (we won the Judges Award at Detroit this year for their efforts, and our first Chairman’s – they are an incredible group of kids).
But it’s one of those things where if we are judged on the percentage of kids on our own team in the reduced/free lunch. program, then we shouldn’t bother writing a proposal again – though we will happily do the work. It’s exciting. We’re just trying to figure out how to fund everything.