Since the inaugural New York City E-Prix in 2017, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has put an emphasis on reaching out to the local community and providing them with a wealth of activities to experience the championship and be involved in the event.
Since that first race, and on a year-round basis, Formula E has actively engaged in opportunities that have met the local community where they currently live and work, as well as brought new opportunities to the surrounding area.
Despite the NYC E-Prix being cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Formula E provided $50,000 worth of grants to local non-profit organisations who were on the front lines of providing food and vital services to their neighbours throughout the pandemic.
In 2019, Formula E established a community employment program that has resulted in hundreds of hours of paid employment for local residents during race week. The roles, predominantly filled by young adults from the host community, include prominent positions in the Media Centre, Accreditation Centre and the Allianz E-Village.
To help build awareness for important organisations and campaigns, Formula E designed and funded E-Village booths for both PortSide New York and the UNEP #BreatheLife campaign. PortSide New York continues to use the materials from their booth to educate New York City residents about the importance of an open and accessible waterfront.
Formula E created and funded a scholarship program that would provide funding to two students that were interested in pursuing a college degree in engineering or sports management. In 2019, two scholarships were awarded to Brooklyn students that used their funds to cover first year college expenses.
Formula E has contributed to a variety of fundraisers in NYC. Most recently, tickets to the New York City E-Prix were donated for a silent auction. This sale was in aid of local initiatives such as Cora Dance, the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, Friends of PS15 and the Red Hook Initiative. On top of this, Formula E vendor, EventStar led a plant sale that raised funds for local charities.