Manatee County accepting applications for Dori Slosberg Driver Education Safety Trust Fund

  • Sep 25, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 25, 2017) – Manatee County is accepting applications of up to $175,000 in financial assistance from public and private schools, to enhance the driver education programs those learning institutions provide.

 From now through Oct. 4 public and private schools that offer driver education courses, may apply for the state funding grant administered by the County.  The application can be found on the County’s website.  Completed applications can be emailed to or delivered to Manatee County Administrative Building, 1112 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 300, Bradenton, FL  34205.
This money cannot be used to replace funding from existing sources and cannot be used for administrative expenses.  The County cannot directly fund programs offered by private driving schools.

The Manatee County Driver Education Safety Trust Fund is made possible through the Dori Slosberg Driver Education Safety Act, named for Dori Slosberg, who was killed in a 1996 car accident in which another teenager was driving. Dori was the 14-year-old daughter of Democratic State Rep. Irv Slosberg. The Safety Act allows Florida counties to collect an additional $5 with each civil traffic penalty to be put towards improving teenage driving skills. This year Manatee County has a total of $175,000 that may be distributed to qualified schools that offer driver's ed. 

For more information on the grant, call Dee LeBoff at (941) 749-3030 ext. 3465 or email at
For more information on Manatee County Government, visit us online at or call (941)748-4501.  You can also follow us on Facebook at: www.Facebook.come/manatee.county.fl and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.