Funding and Financials


FIRST requires its teams to secure funding from corporations and other business sponsors. As such, funding for Pirate Robotics comes from these sources:

  • Corporate and Educational Sponsors: Corporations, education-related and other non-profit organizations that donate funds. This constitutes the majority of the funds. Our sponsor levels for the current season are noted in the Sponsor Information Packet on the sponsorship page of our website.

  • Fundraising Campaigns: Pirate Robotics will conduct multiple fundraisers. Students are required to fully participate in all fundraisers. Requirements will vary based upon the event or campaign.

  • Team member food costs and other miscellaneous costs (example: purchases made at events or traveling) are all funded by the team member. The typical cost per student is $100-200 for the season.

Pirate Robotics deeply thanks its Corporate Sponsors for their ongoing support of our participation in the FIRST Robotics Competition. Every year, our team must solicit corporate sponsorships and donations to support a $20,000+ budget to design and build a competition-ready robot.

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