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to Participate in a Rocketry Competition

2022 American Rocketry Challenge Title I Grant

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Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and National Association of Rocketry (NAR)

Deadline Date:

12/01/21 11:59 PM EST


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Grants of $2,000 and in-kind support to USA eligible schools to participate in a rocketry competition. Funding and support are intended to assist schools in initiating a program to build, design, and launch model rockets. Schools must be Title I schools. In addition to the cash grant, teams will receive free registration in physical and virtual competitions, mentorship, and a rocketry starter kit, and will be eligible to compete in designated competitions of the funding source. The purpose of the program is to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest student rocket contest, with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing annually, and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in STEM. The contest provides students in 6th – 12th grades the opportunity to design, build, and launch model rockets and gain hands-on experience solving engineering problems. The challenge is the aerospace industry’s flagship program designed to encourage students to study STEM. 

Teams are made up of three to 10 students between 6th and 12th grade, a supervisor, and an official Rocketry Challenge mentor. The 2022 rules require teams to design, build, and launch a model rocket with two different body tube diameters and that carries two raw eggs sideways to an altitude of 835 feet, stays airborne for 41 - 44 seconds, and return the rocket to the ground safely with the egg intact.

Title I grantees receive: 

  • Free Registration in physical and virtual competitions: The registration fee ($125) for your team will be waived and your team will be automatically eligible to compete in our Presentation and Marketing Competitions.
  • Funding:  A $2,000 grant will be awarded immediately after approval of your application, with additional funding available if your team qualifies for the National Finals in Washington, D.C. Funds will be dispersed via check made payable to your school or school district. 
  • Rocketry Starter Kit: The information packet has everything your team needs to know about how to create a rocketry team. 
  • Mentorship: Your team will be paired with a mentors from the National Association of Rocketry and/or the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. These mentors will make a commitment to help your team with rocketry and provide a deeper understanding of the career options in the aerospace industry. Due to COVID-19, these mentors will be connecting virtually with your teams. 

By participating in the Challenge, students will gain:

  • Teamwork
  •  Leadership Skills
  •  Hands-on Engineering Experience
  •  Problem-Solving Skills

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 192884

Number of Grants:

25 grants are available for the 2022 competition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Title I grantees receive:
- Free Registration ($125) in physical and virtual competitions
- A $2,000 grant
- Rocketry Starter Kit
- Mentorship

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The American Rocketry Challenge offers grants to Title I schools.

Schools that have not competed previously in the American Rocketry Challenge may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

The program is accepting applications from Sep 1 2021 12:01 AM (EDT) to Dec 1 2021 11:59 PM (EST).

Key Deadlines:
• Sept 1 – Registration Opens
• Dec 1 – Registration Closes
• Apr 4 – Qualification Flight Scores Due
• Apr 8 – Finalists Announced
• May 14 – National Finals

Selection is made on a first-come, first-served basis. All applications must be completed in their entirety with all questions answered in order to be considered. Grant applications will be selected and awarded on a rolling basis. You will be notified of your grant status no later than two weeks after applying.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For questions about The American Rocketry Challenge, contact Program Manager Jeremy Davis at or 703-358-1000.

The American Rocketry Challenge
1000 Wilson Blvd. Ste. 1700
Arlington, VA 22209

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