The mission of the Tony Hawk Foundation is to promote high-quality public skateparks in low-income communities in the United States and support international programs that enrich the lives of youth through skateboarding.
To that end, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to encourage and facilitate the design, development, and construction of new skateboard parks and facilities in low-income communities in the United States. Skateparks should be designed and built from concrete by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors; include local skaters in the planning, fundraising, and design process; be in low-income areas and/or areas with a high population of "at-risk" youth; demonstrate strong grassroots support for the project (particularly in the form of fundraising by local skateboarders and other community groups); have a creative mix of street obstacles (rails, ledges, stairs, etc.) and transition/vert terrain (quarterpipes, bowls, halfpipes, etc.); and not require skaters or their parents to sign waivers. In addition, skatepark should 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; be open during daylight hours, 365 days a year; not charge an entrance fee; and be in areas that currently have no skateboarding facilities.
To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization seeking to build a free, public skatepark in a low-income community. International projects are considered on an invitation-only basis.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Tony Hawk Foundation website.