Support FIRST® PreK-12 Program Implementation with DonorsChoose Funding 


Funding STEM Learning just got a little easier.

Using the DonorsChoose platform, eligible teachers from all over the United States can create classroom project funding requests, which are then fulfilled by generous citizen donors as well as corporations and foundations.

Since 2016 in partnership with DonorsChoose and through generous donations from sponsors such as 3M, News Corp, Disney, and more, partial funding has helped teachers cover the cost of important materials to support their FIRST® teams and Class Packs such as LEGO® robot or building sets, hand or power tools, laptops, tablets, 3D printers, and more!

Throughout the school year, innovative sponsor-driven campaigns help fund classrooms and provide team materials through community donations that benefit FIRST.

Who is Eligible for this Opportunity?

When available, opportunities are open to U.S.-based full-time educators and school district employees who work directly with students at least 75 percent of the time from:

  • Public Schools
  • Public Charter Schools
  • Head Start Centers (PreK only)
  • Bureau of Indian Education Schools

In the spirit of the DonorsChoose crowdfunding model, many campaigns will not fund 100 percent of any posted FIRST project. FIRST will not apply funding to projects that include team or Class Pack registration costs.

DonorsChoose Support of FIRST Projects and Student Learning Experiences


Teachers Supported


Schools Served


Funded Projects

$1,113,950 given to FIRST Projects as of December 2023

New DonorsChoose Funding Opportunity 

Thank you to our DonorsChoose sponsor, 3M, for making this possible!

Support your FIRST implementation with sponsor-driven DonorsChoose funding opportunity generously supported by 3M by following these steps: 

STEP 1: Locate your team or Class Pack Account number or create a new FIRST team or Class Pack in the FIRST Dashboard. Registration for the 2024-2025 season is open now.

STEP 2: Create your DonorsChoose project

STEP 3: Apply for selective FIRST funding.

Please note: Funding cannot be used to cover the cost of FIRST team or Class Pack registrations. Funding is not guaranteed and projects must meet the donor intent requirements.