2019 Franklin Institute Grants

Thanks to the Franklin Institute, up to $1,500 in grants will be available to help teams finance their 2019 Derby entries!

Thank you Franklin Institute!

Thank you Franklin Institute!


The only stipulation for these grants is that all grant recipients must also present their Derby entries at one of the following 2019 Philadelphia Science Festival events preceding the Derby. Please note that these festivals are 1-2 weeks before the 2019 Derby on Saturday, May 11th, 2019.

  • Saturday, April 27th, 2019:  Science in the Park at either Clark Park or Hunting Park

  • Sunday, April 28th, 2019:  Fishtown Science Crawl

  • Thursday, May 2nd, 2019:  Science in the National Park at Independence National Park

  • Saturday, May 4th, 2019: Science Carnival on the Parkway

Teams are more than welcome to put small finishing touches on and/or fixes to their entry after the science festival they choose to attend in advance of the Derby. However, if a team fails to attend the a festival before the Derby or showcases an obviously unfinished Derby entry, the team will be required to refund their awarded grant.


If interested in being considered for a grant, register your team by close of business on Sunday, March 25th, 2019 and answer a few simple questions. Applicants will be notified of whether or not they have been selected for a grant by April 1st, 2019.

Please contact the Event Coordinator with any questions.