FY 2020 Alabama Robotics Grant Program
Grant Application Process
Once you begin the online application, you will need to complete and submit the application in a single session. Please follow the steps in order to speed the process.
Read the grant announcement memo.
Review the grant guidelines.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions below.
Print the application form.
Secure all necessary signatures on the Application Cover Page and the Application Assurances Page.
Scan the Application Cover Page and the Application Assurances Page.
Download the Grant Budget Template spreadsheet.
Prepare responses to all five narrative prompts; prepare to copy/paste into online application.
Do you have all of the above items complete and ready to attach to the online application?
Grant Announcement: July 1, 2019
Grant Application Submitted Online: September 30, 2019 at 5:00 PM
All grants Read and Scored by: October 22, 2019
Notification to Awardees by: November 1, 2019
Funds expended by and Evaluation/Expenditure Report Due: September 30, 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can apply?
Any Alabama public schools that serves students in grades K through twelve . Schools should apply individually. Districts may submit the "same" application for multiple schools, but these should be submitted individually. Even identical proposals may or may not be awarded based on even distribution of awards across the state.
Can our elementary school apply?
Yes, the bill states that up to $100,000 of the grant funds will be used to provide grants to elementary robotics programs.
What types of "robotic kits" qualify?
While we cannot provide an exhaustive list, any kit that requires the students to design and build a robotic device that is controlled by a student-written program, or remotely controlled to complete a variety of tasks is acceptable. See below for a non-exhaustive list of acceptable/not acceptable device kits.
Acceptable (non-exclusive): VEX-IQ, VEX Hexbug, Lego Mindstorm NXT or EVO, FIRST Robotics kits, Botball, DFRobotshop Tracked Robots, MakeBlock mBot, SeaMATE ROV kits
Not acceptable: Ozobot, Dot/Dash, Sphero/Sphero Mini, Sphero Ollie, Drones
Why not tablets or computers?
With the relatively low total award of $1,500, this grant is designed to acquire equipment and supplies exclusively for robotics. Traditional computers and tablet devices are multiple use devices and should be supplied through other funding sources.
I receive an error message from Google when I try to access the application. What do I do?
We have received word that some applicants receive an error message that states the applicant cannot access the application due to sharing restrictions. We have determined that this only occurs when the person completing the application is logged in to a G Suite for Education domain account. We are working to resolve this, but the easy work around is to log in with a personal Google account. You will still be able to list a G Suite for Education email address as the primary contact.
Are there any pre-assembled robots that would be considered eligible for this grant?
Again we cannot provide an exhaustive list , but have decided that pre-assembled robots that must be controlled / drivable by programming ONLY are acceptable. See below for a non-exhaustive list of acceptable/not acceptable pre-assembled robots.
Acceptable (non-exclusive): Bee Bot, Blue Bot, Ozobot, Makey-Makey, CodeBot, Edison
Not acceptable: Sphero, Sphero Mini, Sphero Ollie, Dot/Dash/Cue