Mission/Giving 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.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Skateparks in Low-Income Areas
Skateparks in Low-Income Areas: The Foundation primarily considers skatepark projects that:
Are designed and built by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors.
Include local skaters in the design process.
Are in low-income ares, and/or areas with a high population of "at-risk" youth.
Can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment to the project, particulary in the form of fund-raising.
Have a creative mix of street obstacles and transition/vert terrain.
Don't require skaters or their parents to sign waivers.
Encourage skaters to look after their own safety and the safety of others.
Are open during daylight hours, 365 days a year.
Don't charge an entrance fee.
Are in areas that currently have no skateboarding facilities.
Types of Funding/Funding Restrictions: The Foundation's grants are highly competitive. 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 you project does not meet the criteria listed on the Foundation's website, you are unlikely to receive a grant from the Foundation.
Application Instructions: Eligibility questionnaire and grant application instructions are available online. Deadlines are January and June annually.