New Grant Guidelines Prompt Better Skateparks

Posted: December 14, 2011

Tony Hawk Foundation grants introduce new requirements.

December 15, 2011 (Vista, CA) - The Tony Hawk Foundation opens its Winter 2012 grant season today. The first opportunity of the new year to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant, communities and advocacy groups across the nation will be vying for financial assistance to help build their skateparks, as well as the validation that comes with each grant award. Tony Hawk Foundation grants range from $5,000 to $25,000, and the foundation awards grants to about a dozen communities during each of its two annual grant seasons.

Skatepark projects must now feature cast-in-place concrete (shotcrete) or permanent precast concrete designs to be eligible to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation grants. The Imperial Beach, California public skatepark features something for everyone—from street to bowls, and beginner to expert skaters. Imperial Beach received a Tony Hawk Foundation Grant in 2008 and opened in 2010.

Skatepark projects must now feature cast-in-place concrete or permanent precast concrete designs to be eligible to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation grants. The Imperial Beach, California public skatepark features something for everyone—from street to bowls, and beginner to expert skaters. Imperial Beach received a Tony Hawk Foundation Grant in 2008 and opened in 2010.

New eligibility requirements will encourage applicants to aim for higher quality skateparks. Ramp-style parks made from wood, steel, or polymer structures will no longer be eligible for a grant from the Tony Hawk Foundation. Previously, these structures offered a less expensive, though temporary, solution to the immediate need to create skateparks. But a wider range of more durable concrete solutions has recently made the option of a permanent concrete skatepark possible with even the most modest skatepark budget.

Beginning with the Winter 2012 grant season, skatepark projects must feature cast-in-place concrete (shotcrete) or permanent precast concrete designs (that do not feature steel transition plates) to be eligible to apply for Tony Hawk Foundation grants.

Furthermore, the previous foundation policy of only allowing each community to apply for a grant a total of two times has been rescinded. Communities that have not previously been awarded a Tony Hawk Foundation grant may now continue to apply. Each applicant receives detailed feedback about their projects from Tony Hawk, foundation staff, and the Board Of Directors.

Tony Hawk Foundation grants are available for the construction of free, quality public skateparks serving at-risk youth in low-income communities in the U.S. The deadline to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant for the Winter 2012 season is February 1, 2012.

The Tony Hawk Foundation believes that, like facilities for more traditional sports, skateparks should be free and accessible. The foundation favors grassroots projects that involve skaters in the planning and design of the skatepark, and that seek to build quality, permanent skateparks that don't require fees or memberships to use them. Full details about Tony Hawk Foundation grant criteria and the online grant application are available on the Foundation's Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has awarded over $3.9-million in grants to 493 skatepark projects in 49 states. With 417 of those projects open and serving more than 3.5-million visitors annually, the Tony Hawk Foundation has helped fund more than eleven percent of the approximately 3,500 skateparks nationwide.

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A charitable, non-profit organization, the Tony Hawk Foundation was established in 2002 by its namesake, professional skateboarder Tony Hawk, to promote and provide funds for high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas throughout the United States-with an emphasis on the word “quality.” Since then, the Foundation has awarded $3,972,350 to 493 communities. The Foundation focuses on working with local officials and grassroots, community-based organizations that plan to hire designers and contractors with strong experience designing and building skateparks.

The Tony Hawk Foundation was established by a gift from Tony Hawk. Its directors raise additional funds through events, industry donations, and continuing contributions from Tony and other entities. In addition to skateparks, the Foundation also makes donations to other children-related charities, as chosen by its Board Of Directors. For more information or to make a donation, visit the Foundation's Web site at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org.

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