Funding Opportunities

While some teams are funded through their school board or have other sources of revenue, for others it is a struggle to collect the necessary funds. The purpose of this page is to help teams identify possible funding sources

Typical FIRST® LEGO® League team (ages 9 to 14) expenses are: 

FIRST® LEGO® League team registration* ($299 US) $380
Robot kit - EV3 $570
NSCC qualifier cost* (refundable) $100
Table (approximately) $60
Total $1,110

*Note: Costs are higher for the FIRST® LEGO® League program than for the High School program. Also, for FIRST® LEGO® League teams that qualify, the Championship registration cost is $175.


FUNDING is available to help assist with team expenses. For more information on any of the options below, please email

  • FIRST LEGO Foundation Grant 3-Year Term for NEW teams: eligible teams can receive a Field Set Up Kit (Challenge Kit) + EV3 Robot and Expansion set (bundle). Interested new teams contact Acadia Robotics for application information.
  • FIRST Hardship Grants
    FIRST offers One Time Only Hardship Grants. Applications are usually received in late June, July and late August. An eligible team must submit a letter to the FIRST Hardship Grant organizers explaining their financial situation and need. A recipient team will receive the FIRST registration fee and Challenge Set (approximately $299). If a team has already paid for registration, they are no longer be eligible for this Grant.
  • Michelin Support Grants
    Currently, all FIRST® LEGO® League teams who qualify, register and attend the Acadia Robotic Championship, receive a cheque from the Michelin Support Fund for $75.00
  • WISEatlantic: A reimbursement of $300 for NEW teams that are chosen through the WISE Atlantic applications. Eligibility criteria: (please see full list of criteria on WISE Atlantic website). Team must be at least 50% female members. They have limited funding; decisions on funding allotments on a first-come, first-served basis with preference given to new teams. 
  • Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD) Travel Bursary                                      The EECD Travel Bursary is distributed through Acadia Robotics to help cover costs for Acadia Robotics Competition winning teams to attend world robotic competitions or other reputable international competitions as outlined in the criteria below: 

EECD Eligibility Criteria:

      • Teams must be comprised of public school students only. Community teams are eligible for funding, however they must be made up solely of students who attend public school in Nova Scotia
      • The team coach is required to apply to Acadia Robotics for the EECD travel bursary. This application must include a list of team members and proof of school enrollment. More details available upon request. 

Fund Distribution:

FIRST® LEGO® League ($3,000)

    • $3,000 bursary awarded to the Champion 1st place team attending the World Robotics Competition or equivalent. 

Please Note: If the Champion 1st Place Team chooses not to attend the World Robotics Competition or is ineligible for the bursary, Acadia will offer the $3,000 bursary to the Champion 2nd Place Team if they meet the eligibility criteria above. 

Robofest (High School) Robotics ($6,000)

    • $3,000 bursary awarded to the 1st Place (Game Competition) Team attending an international Robotics Competition.
    • $3,000 bursary awarded to the 2nd Place (Game Competition) Team attending an international Robotics Competition