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We’re offering $1,000 grants for our Spring 2 and Summer 1 batches

Update: We’re now able to offer larger grants to a wider group of people, thanks to the support of our alumni! Read more here.

We’re granting a total of $20,000 need-based grants to programmers who are women (cis or trans), trans, and/or non-binary to attend our upcoming Spring 2 and Summer 1 virtual batches. You may request a grant of up to $1,000 for a 12-week batch, or $500 for a 6-week batch. Apply here!

We are not currently offering grants for batches other than Spring 2 and Summer 1, though we hope to be able to do so again soon!

Last March, when we closed our space and moved RC online, we prepared for a significant loss of income. RC makes money from recruiting fees, and in order to keep RC in operation and our team employed – our main priorities – we budgeted for the year assuming that our income would go to zero. To do that, we needed to cut our expenses significantly. One of the things we did was stop offering travel and living expense grants for our batches.

While we aren’t out of the woods yet, thanks to a year that was better than expected and the generous ongoing support of our alums, we are happily in a position to support people with smaller grants for a limited time. We know these grants won’t cover someone’s living expenses for six or 12 weeks, but we hope they help offset some of the costs associated with attending RC online.

We’ve been delighted by the number of people from around the world who have been able to to join RC by attending an online batch. But we still have work to do to make RC more gender-balanced and accessible. Offering grants to support women, trans, and non-binary people is one of the best ways we’ve found to do that.

If you’d like to learn more about what participating in RC remotely is like, check out our Virtual RC page! And if you have any questions about applying to RC, email us at