CONCORD, N.C. – For the 11th consecutive year, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope returns in 2019.

Jimmie Johnson announced the program in a video posted to the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Twitter account.

This July, five $25,000 grants will be awarded to not-for-profit 501c3 organizations that directly support K-12 public education.

“This program is so much fun, and the grants have made such a difference for organizations doing the important work of supporting K-12 public education,” Johnson said. “Chandra and I are very excited to partner with Blue Bunny again this year to assist and promote the incredible work of five new charities!”

The program, which began in 2008, allows fans across the country to nominate their favorite education-focused charities to receive a $25,000 grant, a Blue Bunny Ice Cream party and special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet.

To date, the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope program has contributed more than $1.2 million to 111 different charities.

Fans have the unique opportunity to nominate their favorite education-focused charities online now through June 21. Ten semifinalists will be selected from those nominations, with a final vote taking place in mid-July to choose the final five grant recipients.

Johnson will wear the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope during the NASCAR Cup Series race at Kansas Speedway on Oct. 20.

For additional information and to nominate a charity, visit the website here.