INDIANAPOLIS (January 25, 2017) – The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events for Indiana and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces the 500 Gives Back grant program for 2017. This program is geared toward supporting Indiana community organizations that offer life-enriching events, activities and programs, while also celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500. Originally an element of the 100th Running of the Indy 500 Host Committee structure, this specific program is a carryover to future years of community support.
As we approach the 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500, the 500 Gives Back Program strives to create a lasting legacy within Indiana by lifting up organizations that heighten civic pride, create cultural connections, foster social engagement and stimulate education.
“The 100th Running Host Committee gifted our entire state with a renewed appreciation for the Indy 500 as a powerful platform for community engagement and enrichment,” said Hulman Motorsports Vice President of Events Allison Melangton. “I’m thrilled the 500 Gives Back Grant Program will return in 2017 and am thankful for the collaboration of the 500 Festival in providing this opportunity to so many worthy organizations.”
The 500 Festival will offer $33,000 in grants with maximum individual endorsements of $7,000 with the potential to accelerate new or existing events or programs that focus on the following:
- a positive impact on the community
- stimulate education
- provide leadership
- heighten civic pride
- create cultural connection
- foster social engagement
The deadline to submit grant applications is 11:59 pm ET, Feb. 28. To view the application, click here.
“The 500 Gives Back Program is designed to provide community organizations funding for direct connections relevant to our mission, the spirit of the Indy 500 and month of May activities,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “We can’t wait to continue this program which began as a 100th Running Host Committee initiative.”
To learn more about 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit www.500festival.com.
About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.