Can We Apply For A Tony Hawk Foundation Grant?


  1. If your organization is not a public charity (organized under IRC Sec. 501c3, and qualified under IRC Sec. 170b1A and does not have a Federal ID# number and an IRS Determination Letter to confirm your tax-exempt status) or your organization is not a state or local agency, including public school systems or public projects, it is not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant. Name of the Applicant Organization MUST match the name on the IRS document you will be asked to submit.

  2. If your organization is not prepared to sign a Grant Agreement document absolving the Tony Hawk Foundation from any and all liability claims resulting from use of your skatepark, you are not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

  3. If your organization plans to build a skatepark from temporary ramps (steel or wood), it is not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant. Your project must be a permanent, concrete skatepark.

  4. If your organization has already received a grant larger than $1,000 from the Foundation for the same project, it is not eligible to apply for another Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

  5. If your organization seeks funds for anything other than the construction of a NEW skatepark, such as expansion of an existing skatepark or amenities like bleachers or water fountains, it is not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

  6. If the Median Household Income in the city or town where the skatepark will be located in is significantly higher than your State’s Median Household Income (using U.S. Census 2010 data from www.census.gov), your organization is not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

  7. If your project is just getting off the ground and your organization has not achieved ANY fundraising goals or secured a location for your skatepark, you are not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

  8. If your organization does not have at least a preliminary design for the skatepark, it is not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

  9. If you plan to charge a fee or require a membership to use the skatepark, your organization is not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

  10. Aside from daylight hours, city curfew, or city park hours, if you plan to limit the hours of access to the skatepark, your organization is not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

  11. If your skatepark will not be located on public property, you are not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant (this condition does not include skateparks built on private property that is then donated to a public entity—city, county, parks and recreation department, etc.).

If you have any questions regarding these criteria, please contact us.

Tony Hawk Foundation
1611-A S. Melrose Drive #360
Vista, CA 92081 USA
Work (760) 477-2479

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Public Skatepark Development Guide

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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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