Homestead-Miami Speedway currently is accepting applications for financial gifts to be awarded to eligible 501(c)(3) charities as part of its 2017 Driving for a Cause grant program.
The deadline for submissions is approaching, as all applications are due by July 28 at 5 p.m. ET and can be found at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/DrivingForACause.
Driving for a Cause uses the popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on South Florida youth and educational initiatives. The program is a donor-advised fund under the umbrella of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization that hosts numerous annual charity events.
All financial contributions are administered through Driving for a Cause. Note that this application does not guarantee a donation. Requests will be reviewed and all applicants will be notified of the grant decisions by Sept. 22.
Recipients will be honored during the pre-race ceremonies prior to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which will be run on Sunday, Nov. 19.
In addition to the charitable contributions from Driving for a Cause, Homestead-Miami Speedway donates more than $320,000 annually to dozens of South Florida organizations, including track rental opportunities throughout the year, an annual car wash, food drive, holiday toy drive and much more.
Established after the devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Homestead-Miami Speedway was developed by the City of Homestead as a state-of-the-art track that would forever change the economy of Homestead, Greater Miami and the entire South Florida region. The track generates an annual economic impact of more than $301 million to Miami-Dade County.
A large portion of that can be attributed to hosting Ford Championship Weekend, which has determined champions in each of NASCAR’s three national series for the past 15 years.
Driving for a Cause is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community, supporting growth with volunteer and non-profit efforts.
2016 recipients of the grants include: A Chance for Therapy, Camillus House, FIU Foundation Formula SAE, Prospera, Lauren’s Kids and Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services.