TOPEKA, Kan. (Jan. 3, 2018) -- Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack has experienced incredible growth in its first three years. In 2017 alone, the initiative saw nearly 7,500 drivers get out on a racecourse through 119 events at 30 tracks around the country. Designed to grow the SCCA® at all levels, the program is now investing directly in regions with creation of a special Track Night in America grant.
In 2018, the Track Night Region Development Grant is funded with $50,000 to be distributed to regions for the purposes of training, equipment upgrades, marketing, or offsetting costs of pilot events. Heyward Wagner, SCCA's Director of Marketing and Experiential Programs, said the funds do NOT need to be used for Track Night activities. The monies are being offered to support any region development activity across the board.
"SCCA Track Night in America Driven by Tire Rack has become an extremely successful product for the Club," Wagner noted. "The program has engaged motorsport enthusiasts of all ages, brought new members to the Club, and has proven financially viable. It's important to now give back to regions with fiscal support so they can best position themselves to be able to give these new members the best possible SCCA regional experience."
Grant applications must be submitted online at https://www.scca.com/pages/scca-region-development-grants. Submissions are due no later than January 31, 2018. Grant requests will be reviewed by a five-person committee made up of SCCA Board of Directors members and National Staff. Submissions will be judged on both merit and need. If all funds are not distributed in the first round, a second submission window will be opened until March 1, 2018.
In evaluating a grant, the selection committee will give the most attention and focus to projects that are innovative or demonstrate a need, are backed by a project management plan, and will have a positive impact on a Region or the Club as a whole. Submissions should include: Goal/Purpose, Anticipated Result, Project Timeline, Project Budget and Amount of Grant Request. Applications without a realistic and cost-effective budget will not receive consideration.