As he does every year, Tony Hawk is asking those serving at-risk youth to hit up his foundation for free money to be used for building skateboard parks. Don’t pass up the chance to receive free money (up to $25,000) to get your skatepark project on the move.
The principal focus of foundation grants will be to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of new quality skateboard parks and facilities, located in low-income communities in the United States. The minimum grant is $1,000 and the maximum grant is $25,000.
There is a catch: eligible parks must serve at-risk youth in low-income communities.
Since 2002, the Tony Hawk Foundation has helped to fund 512 public skateparks in all 50 states, and the Tony Hawk Foundation has seen 80% of the skateparks it’s helped fund open and begin serving almost 13,000 youth daily. In addition to its domestic Grant Program, the Tony Hawk Foundation has also provided critical Technical Assistance to thousands of skatepark projects around the world. In many instances, the foundation’s Technical Assistance has helped communities avoid costly mistakes and delays. Tony Hawk Foundation staff assisted over 1,000 communities in 2012 alone.
One caveat: the demand for grants from the Tony Hawk Foundation is pretty competitive. The THF has received as many as 450 applications in a single year, with the vast majority requesting the maximum $25,000 grant. So make sure you meet the criteria. If your proposed skatepark is not located in a low-income area, and if you are not able to illustrate strong community and grassroots support for the project, you are unlikely to receive a significant grant from the foundation.
But if you do meet the criteria, apply and make sure you get it in by the deadline. Applications must be turned in by July 1, 2013 to be considered.
For more information, go to: http://www.tonyhawkfoundation.org/skatepark-grants/apply/. Continue reading