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 tonyhawkfoundation.org.

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 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.

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 lily@tonyhawkfoundation.org. Or click here to see it online.

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 tonyhawkfoundation.org. 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 begin by reading the Tony Hawk Foundation’s Getting Started Guide and contacting THF staff at contact@tonyhawkfoundation.org.

Save The Date – This year the Tony Hawk Foundation celebrates the tenth anniversary of its signature benefit event. Stand Up For Skateparks returns to Beverly Hills, California on Saturday, October 5 with a vert demo showcasing the world’s best skateboarders and BMX riders on Tony’s personal ramp, along with a special musical performance, plus food, drinks, and silent and live auctions. This is a must-see event for kids of all ages, benefiting the Tony Hawk Foundation and its work to help bring free, public skateparks to at-risk youth. Stand Up For Skateparks sells out every year, so be sure to visit standupforskateparks.org and sign up to be notified as soon as tickets go on sale!