The Skatepark Project Grants
(Youth Development; Parks & Rec)
The Skatepark Project
$1,000 – $300,000 (The average grant amount for a National Program applicant is $10,000. Built To Play Grants range from $50,000 to $300,000)
The Skatepark Project Grants Committee 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 underserved areas
• can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment to the project, particularly in the form of fundraising by local skateboarders/wheeled stakeholders and other community groups
• have a creative mix of street obstacles (rails, ledges, stairs, etc.) and transition/vert terrain (quarter pipes, 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 unsupervised
• allow all types of skatepark users (skate, BMX scooter, rollerskate, Wheelchair (WCMX) and inline)
• are in areas that currently have inadequate skateboarding facilities
TYPES OF PROJECTS
Many types of public concrete skatepark projects can be eligible for a skatepark construction grant from The Skatepark Project
• New Skatepark Construction
• New Skate Spot Construction (Turn-Key grants available)
• Skateable Art Sculptures
• Permission DIY Skatepark Construction
• Active City Space Conversion (legalizing skateboarding in shared spaces)
• Accessibility Improvements / Repairs
Who Can Apply
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 organization is legally prohibited from providing grants to private, for-profit entities.
Parties that don't meet eligibility requirements or are “premature” will be given project notes and an invitation to receive free Technical Assistance before reapplying at a later date
GRANT APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY:
• If your organization is not a public charity (organized under IRC Sec. 501c3, and qualified under IRC Sec. 170b1A and does not have a Federal ID# number and an IRS Determination Letter to confirm your tax-exempt status) or your organization is not a state or local agency, including public school systems or public projects, it is not eligible to apply for a grant from The Skatepark Project. Name of the Applicant Organization MUST match the name on the IRS document you will be asked to submit.
• If your organization is not prepared to sign a Grant Agreement document absolving the The Skatepark Project from any and all liability claims resulting from use of your skatepark, you are not eligible to apply for a grant from The Skatepark Project.
• If your organization plans to build a skatepark from temporary ramps (steel or wood), it is not eligible to apply for a grant from The Skatepark Project. Your project must be a permanent, concrete skatepark.
• If your organization has already received a grant larger than $1,000 from the organization for the same project, it is not eligible to apply for another grant from The Skatepark Project.
• 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 grant from The Skatepark Project.
• 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 www.census.gov), your organization is not eligible to apply for a grant from The Skatepark Project.
• 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 grant from The Skatepark Project.
• If your organization does not have at least a preliminary design for the skatepark, it is not eligible to apply for a grant from The Skatepark Project.
• If you plan to charge a fee or require a membership to use the skatepark, your organization is not eligible to apply for a grant from The Skatepark Project.
• 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 grant from The Skatepark Project.
• If your skatepark will not be located on public property, you are not eligible to apply for a grant from The Skatepark Project (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.)
Additional Eligibility Requirements
To be invited to apply for a grant, interested parties must register their skatepark project and submit a Letter of Inquiry through our grant management software:
For additional questions, use the contact form from website