1/23/13 (Oceanside, CA) – Communities seeking to build public skateparks for their growing number of skateboarders and BMXers have an ally in the Tony Hawk Foundation. And they have until midnight, February 1 to apply for grant funds from the foundation to help build their park.
Twice annually the foundation reviews applications and awards up to $25,000 to qualifying projects. Nonprofit organizations and government agencies working to create free, concrete, public skateparks are eligible to apply, and should review the full list of requirements at www.tonyhawkfoundation.org before completing the application.
The Tony Hawk Foundation has been assisting communities with their public-skatepark projects since 2002, and in the past decade has awarded grants to 512 projects in 50 states. With 423 of those open and serving more than 4.5-million youth annually, THF has helped create about 12 percent of the roughly 3,500 skateparks in the U.S.
Skatepark projects that either don’t qualify to apply, or that aren’t awarded a grant are still eligible to receive technical assistance from THF—direct consultation that can save skatepark advocates months of work or thousands of dollars in mistakes.
“Most skaters don’t realize how good they are at advocacy,” says THF Programs Director Peter Whitley. “All of the passion and persistence needed for skateboarding translates perfectly to community activism. They just don’t know where to begin. That’s where our technical assistance program comes in.”
Skatepark advocates have until midnight, February 1 to submit their applications for skatepark grants via the foundation’s Web site. Grant awards will be announced later this Spring. To access the grant application, and for more information about the Tony Hawk Foundation, please visit
ABOUT THE TONY HAWK FOUNDATION
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 over $4-million to 512 communities in all 50 States. 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, 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. You can also visit THF on facebook at www.facebook.com/tonyhawkfoundation, on Pinterest and Twitter @THawkFoundation, and on Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation.