Helping Communities Build A Better Future

The Tony Hawk Foundation provides guidance and funding for public skateparks.

Skatepark Insider, Spring 2013

Skatepark Insider, Spring 2013

5/23/13 (Oceanside, CA) – Beginning today, skatepark advocates across the country will be typing like mad to complete their applications for Tony Hawk Foundation skatepark grants before the July 1 deadline. New skatepark projects that will serve at-risk youth in low-income communities are eligible to apply for awards of up to $25,000. Full details and the online application are available on the foundation’s Web site at

Having awarded more than 500 grants since 2002 to skatepark projects in all 50 states, the Tony Hawk Foundation has seen 80% of the skateparks its 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.

Many of the Tony Hawk Foundation’s successes are documented in the new edition of Skatepark Insider, the foundation’s newsletter, which includes a feature on the groundbreaking Wounded Knee 4-Directions Toby Eagle Bull Memorial Skatepark in Pine Ridge, South Dakota that received a THF grant in 2011. To receive a copy of Skatepark Insider in the mail, send your name and mailing address to Lily Schwimmer at

The application for Summer 2013 Tony Hawk Foundation Grants is currently live. Information on applicant eligibility can be found on the Grant Application page at Applications must be completed online by midnight, July 1, 2013. This will be the last opportunity to apply for a Tony Hawk Foundation grant this year.

Individuals interested in getting a skatepark project started in their communities should being by reading the Tony Hawk Foundation’s Getting Started Guide at and contacting THF staff at

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 $4,429,000 to 529 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 You can also visit THF on facebook at, on Pinterest and Twitter @THawkFoundation, and on Instagram @tonyhawkfoundation.