Skatepark Grants


Please read this page in its entirety before completing the online grant application.

THE TONY HAWK FOUNDATION IN NO WAY ENDORSES OR PROMOTES THE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES OF ANY SKATEPARK VENDOR, DESIGNER, OR BUILDER. A Federally registered 501c3 California Public Charity, the Tony Hawk Foundation is committed to working in the best interests of skaters and their communities, offering guidance and suggestions regarding the skatepark process, and where applicable, information about skatepark design and construction options that will best serve the needs of each community. Polices, Programs, and Discounts promoted by any particular vendor, designer, or builder are conducted at their discretion and in no way influence or determine decisions made by Foundation staff or the Board of Directors. Any skatepark firm that promotes its products or services as "preferred" or "endorsed" by the Tony Hawk Foundation is misrepresenting itself.

The primary mission of the Tony Hawk Foundation is to promote high quality, public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States. While we realize that not every area can afford to build big, expensive skateparks, we feel strongly that public skateparks should be designed and constructed by experienced contractors. We also believe that local officials should treat public skateparks the same way they treat public basketball courts or tennis courts, meaning that anyone may show up and use them anytime, unsupervised. The foundation primarily considers skatepark projects that:

  1. are designed and built from concrete by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors.
  2. include local skaters throughout the planning, fundraising, and design process.
  3. are in low-income areas and/or areas with a high population of "at-risk" youth.
  4. can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment to the project, particularly in the form of fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups.
  5. have a creative mix of street obstacles (rails, ledges, stairs, etc.) and transition/vert terrain (quarterpipes, bowls, halfpipes, etc.)
  6. don’t require skaters or their parents to sign waivers.
  7. encourage skaters to look after their own safety and the safety of others without restricting their access to the park or over-regulating their use of it.
  8. are open during daylight hours, 365 days a year.
  9. don’t charge an entrance fee.
  10. are in areas that currently have no skateboarding facilities.

Supply vs. Demand

As skateparks grow in popularity, the demand for grants from the Tony Hawk Foundation is far exceeding our available resources. We have received as many as 450 applications in a single year, with the vast majority requesting our maximum $25,000 grant. In other words, the competition for THF funds is stiff, so please don’t get your hopes too high. If your proposed skatepark is not located in a low-income area, if you are not able to illustrate strong community and grassroots support for the project, and if your project does not meet the criteria listed above, you are unlikely to receive a significant grant from our foundation.

All Tony Hawk Foundation Grant Applicants will receive a detailed review of their projects and skatepark designs, whether a grant is awarded or not.

Before beginning the Grant Application process, you should review the Eligibility Questionnaire page.

How To Apply

Mission Statement

The Tony Hawk Foundation seeks to foster lasting improvements in society, with an emphasis on supporting and empowering youth in disadvantaged communities. The Foundation supports the creation of public skateboard parks that promote healthy, active lifestyles.

Focus of Foundation Grants

The principal focus of foundation grants will be to encourage and facilitate the design, development, and construction of new quality skateboard parks and facilities, located in low-income communities in the United States.

Grant Amount
  • Minimum Grant: $ 1,000
  • Maximum Grant: $25,000
Additional Support

The foundation may offer technical assistance on design and construction, promotional materials, and other information. The foundation may also facilitate support from vendors, suppliers, and community leaders.

Frequency

Grants are based on a one-time, single-year award, although they may be paid over more than one year, if appropriate. The foundation does not provide sustaining funds or multi-year grants.

Organizational Requirements

Applicant must be a public charity, organized under IRC Sec. 501(C)(3), and qualified under IRC Sec. 170(B)(1)(A), or a state or local agency, including public school systems or public projects. For organizations that are not municipalities or state or local agencies, proof of federal tax-exempt status is required with the grant application. A photocopy of the organization’s IRS Determination Letter, showing its tax-exempt status, will satisfy this requirement. The foundation is legally prohibited from providing grants to private, for-profit entities.

Application Procedure and Process

Tony Hawk Foundation grant applications are completed online, printed, signed, and sent to our office with all supporting documents. A printed Worksheet may be used to prepare answers before completing the online grant application. THE PRINTED WORKSHEET MAY NOT SUBSTITUTE THE ONLINE GRANT APPLICATION. Printed grant-application worksheets and supporting documents sent to our offices that do not correspond to a completed online application will not be considered.

We recommend completing the Worksheet and collecting ALL necessary supporting documents before beginning the online application process. Supporting documents include the following:

  • IRS Determination Letter: If this application is coming from a non-profit organization other than a municipality or public agency, a copy of your IRS Determination Letter must be submitted with this application.
  • Press: Please include documentation (such as newspaper clips or letters from prominent officials) of community support for your skatepark.
  • Skatepark Design: A copy of your skatepark design must be submitted. A final design of the proposed skatepark is preferred, but a preliminary design is acceptable. The Tony Hawk Foundation Design Committee will review each skatepark design, make recommendations to the Board of Directors, and may return the diagram with comments and feedback. Including a copy of your skatepark design helps the Board understand the scope of your project.
  • Designer: If you have hired a professional designer, please include a link to their Web site where examples of previous work can be viewed.
  • Builder/Contractor: If you have hired a builder/contractor, please include a link to their Web site where examples of previous work can be viewed.
  • Financial Statements: Most recent financial statements and budget of skatepark committee, if any (please don’t include your municipality’s entire budget. We just need to see numbers pertinent to the skatepark project).

If the grant application is approved, the applicant will be required to sign a Grant Agreement, confirming the terms of the award.

Only applications submitted via the online form will be considered. Applications may not be submitted via printed forms, FAX, e-mail, or CDs and other digital media.

The foundation anticipates approving grant requests twice a year. To be considered within a calendar semester, applications should be submitted via the online Grant Application on or before the dates posted at the top of this page. All required supporting documents must be postmarked within one business day following the Grant Application deadline.

Deadlines
  • January 15, 2014 (for awards announced in February 2014)
  • June 18, 2014 (for awards announced in July 2014)
Guidelines For Reapplying

There is no limit to the number of times an organization or community can apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation Grant, though any applicant may only receive one Tony Hawk Foundation Grant over $1,000. Grant recipients that have received no more than $1,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation may re-apply for another grant.

Printable Worksheets

Online Grant Application

The Winter 2014 Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant application is now CLOSED. Awards will be announced in February 2014.


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The Public Skatepark Development Guide, the indispensable handbook for public-skatepark advocates, is now available in an updated and improved second edition. First published in 2007 by the Tony Hawk Foundation, Skaters For Public Skateparks, and the International Association of Skateboard Companies, the ultimate guide for community-skatepark advocates was available for free, and supplies quickly disappeared. The new 128-page second edition features updated information and expanded chapters, including skatepark vision, advocacy, fundraising, design, and management, plus several supplements and visual aids.

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