When I was a coach we asked the participating families to chip in and cover the cost. But there are many companies now that have STEM outreach programs or would otherwise love to fund local efforts such as a FIRST team. You may want to ask parents if they know of any such programs at their place of employment. For our laptops we had a company that gladly donated us four (used) systems that were perfectly functional.
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> From: First Lego League in Virginia and DC [mailto:VADCFLL-
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> Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2017 3:14 PM
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> Subject: [VADCFLL-L] Team Funding Strategies
> Hello Coaches,
> Our rookie team were fortunately enough to make it to the states and I'm
> likely to coach again next year given how awesome the experience was. This
> year all our equipment were loaners from different entities and as the
> season is over they will be returned. Our school system were kind enough to
> pay some of our registration fees, but that might not be the case next year.
> Starting a new team can easily cost $1,000 for the year, but less if you have
> most of the equipment already and I would really like for our team to have
> our own equipment without putting the burden onto the families. I'm just
> wondering what are some methods team uses to fund team expenses if you
> don’t mind sharing some ideas?
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