MIAMI – Homestead-Miami Speedway’s charitable outreach program, Driving for a Cause, is now accepting applications for financial gifts to be awarded to eligible 501(c) (3) charities as part of its 2017 grant program. Applications can be found at www.HomesteadMiamiSpeedway.com/DrivingForACause.
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.
Homestead-Miami Speedway’s Driving for a Cause uses the popularity of motorsports to focus public attention and funding on South Florida youth and educational programs. Driving for a Cause is a donor-advised fund under the umbrella of The NASCAR Foundation, a 501(c) (3) organization that hosts numerous annual charity events.
The program is dedicated to making a lasting impact on the community, supporting growth with volunteer and non-profit efforts. Previous recipients of the grants include:
- A Chance for Therapy
- Camillus House
- FIU Foundation Formula SAE
- Hispanic Business Initiative Fund
- Lauren’s Kids
- Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services
- AYUDA, Inc.
- Baptist Health South Florida Foundation
- Good Hope Equestrian Training Center
- HandsOn Miami
- Homestead-Florida City Community Soccer League
- The Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation
- Miami South BMX
- Start off Smart Inc.
- The Boys and Girls Club of Broward County
- Branches, formerly known as South Florida Urban Ministries
- Farm Worker Association
- Homestead South Dade Kiwanis Foundation
Recipients are also honored during the pre-race ceremonies prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400, NASCAR’s championship finale event at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November. The 2017 Ford EcoBoost 400 will be held on Sunday, November 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.
All financial contributions are administered through Driving for a Cause. Applications are due by July 28 at 5 p.m. ET. Please note that this application does not guarantee a donation. Requests will be reviewed and all applicants will be notified of the grant decisions by September 22.
About “Driving for a Cause”“Driving for a Cause,” the charitable arm of Homestead-Miami Speedway, operates under the auspices of the NASCAR Foundation as a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Homestead-Miami Speedway will continue each of its charitable activities, including its in-kind donations to local groups, support of Homestead Hospital’s Speediatrics unit, and its program where organizations can work track events in exchange for a donation to their group or cause.
About Homestead-Miami Speedway
Homestead-Miami Speedway has been open since 1995 following an initiative to spur economic recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The Speedway is a 650-acre facility that features a 1.5-mile oval and 2.21-mile road course. The Speedway hosts on-track events nearly 300 days per year and generates more than $301 million annually for the region. In 2016, NASCAR celebrated its 15-year anniversary (2002-16) of crowning champions in all three of its premier series at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Champions crowned at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2016 were Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR Sprint Cup Series), Daniel Suarez (NASCAR XFINITY Series) and Johnny Sauter (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series). 2017 Ford Championship Weekend will be held November 17-19.