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Grants to USA Nonprofits, Agencies, and
Schools for Outdoor Recreational Facilities

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Tony Hawk Foundation (THF)

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Grants of up to $25,000 to USA nonprofit organizations, state and local agencies, and schools to build outdoor recreational facilities that benefit at-risk youth. Funding is intended to promote active and healthy lifestyles and to empower and support youth. Qualifying projects construct public, permanent (concrete), and free skateparks in low-income communities.

The principal focus of foundation grants will be to encourage and facilitate the design, development, and construction of new quality skateboard parks and facilities, located in underprivileged communities in the United States. 

The foundation primarily considers skatepark projects that:

  • Are designed and built from concrete by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors.
  • Include local skaters throughout the planning, fundraising, and design process.
  • Are in low-income areas and/or areas with a high population of “at-risk” youth.
  • Can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment to 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.)
  • Don’t require skaters or their parents to sign waivers.
  • 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.
  • Are open during daylight hours, 365 days a year.
  • Don’t charge an entrance fee.
  • Are in areas that currently have inadequate skateboarding facilities.

The foundation may offer technical assistance on design and construction, promotional materials, and other information. The foundation may also facilitate support from vendors, suppliers, and community leaders.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176636

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Minimum Grant: $1,000
- Maximum Grant: $25,000

Term of Contract:

Grants are based on a one-time, single-year award, although they may be paid over more than one year, if appropriate. The foundation does not provide sustaining funds or multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant must be a public charity, organized under IRC Sec. 501(C)(3), and qualified under IRC Sec. 170(B)(1)(A), or a state or local agency, including public school systems or public projects. For organizations that are not municipalities or state or local agencies, proof of federal tax-exempt status is required with the grant application. A photocopy of the organization’s IRS Determination Letter, showing its tax-exempt status, will satisfy this requirement. The foundation is legally prohibited from providing grants to private, for-profit entities.

- Applicant organizations must be prepared to sign a Grant Agreement document absolving the Tony Hawk Foundation from any and all liability claims resulting from use of their skatepark.
- Projects must be a permanent, concrete skatepark. 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.
- 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.
- If your organization seeks funds for anything other than the construction of a NEW skatepark in the United States (including projects 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.
- 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, your organization is not eligible to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 will then be donated to a public entity—city, county, parks, and recreation department, etc.).

International organizations or those seeking to fund for anything other than the construction of a skateboard park in the U.S. may not apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant.

Skatepark projects in select counties within New York and Michigan may qualify for a Built to Play skatepark grant. Please visit the Built to Play grant page for more information:

Pre-Application Information:

The current grant application deadline is Monday, January 27, 2020.

Tony Hawk Foundation grant applications are completed online, and all supporting documents are then mailed to the office.

It is recommended to download and prepare your grant application answers using the THF Grant Worksheet, available in Supporting Documents below.

There is no limit to the number of times an organization or community can apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation Grant, though any applicant may only receive one Tony Hawk Foundation Grant over $1,000. Grant recipients that have received no more than $1,000 from the Tony Hawk Foundation may re-apply for another grant.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


All supporting documents—the grant application supplemental packet—must be sent to the following address:
Tony Hawk Foundation
1611-A S. Melrose Dr. #360
Vista, CA 92081

If you have questions about the application or grant processes, please contact the Foundation at

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