Sonoma Raceway’s Speedway Children’s Charities Accepting Grant Applications

The Sonoma chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities is accepting grant applications from Sonoma County nonprofit youth groups for its 2019 grant cycle.

According to a press announcement from Speedway, qualified grant applicants must be youth-focused nonprofit groups serving Sonoma County. To focus efforts on Sonoma County youth in need, say Speedway officials, priority will be given to programs that concentrate on education, financial hardship, literacy, medical needs, nutrition, social support and therapy.

Applying organizations should note that Speedway Children’s Charities does not fund first-year programs or organizations, capital campaigns or construction/remodeling projects.

Based on designated funds raised following the 2017 Sonoma County wildfires, Speedway will also issue a limited number of “targeted grants” to groups offering additional services or programs to aid with fire-relief efforts. Groups applying for targeted grants must meet all other SCC grant requirements, and the one-year fire-relief funds will be above and beyond the basic grant.

Speedway Children’s Charities, the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway, hosts events throughout the year to raise funds for distribution to local nonprofit groups. The Sonoma chapter says it has distributed more than $6.4 million to Sonoma County youth groups since 2001, including nearly $448,000 to 55 groups in 2018.

The 2019 SCC grant application and format guidelines can be found at Applications must be completed and returned to Sonoma Raceway by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2. Applications are not accepted via email or fax.