Current Grant Opportunities
Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grants - Apply Today!
The purpose of this program is to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of new quality skateboard parks and facilities. This program supports empowering youth in disadvantaged communities by promoting healthy, active lifestyles. Skateparks developed through this program must be permanent and located in low-income areas and/or areas with a high population of "at-risk" youth, as well as areas that currently don't have skateboarding facilities. This program primarily supports skatepark projects that:
- Are designed and constructed by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors and include local skaters in the design process
- Have a creative mix of street obstacles
- 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 year-round during daylight hours
- Avoid charging fees
State and local governments, school districts, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applications for this grant program are due on February 3, 2014.
Tony Hawk Foundation Skatepark Grant Application
This course teaches fundamental best practices and principles of effective and strategic fundraising for park and recreation agencies. The focus is on the process of successful solicitation from private sources of funds, particularly foundations and corporations, and is appropriate for professionals tasked with revenue development and creative partnerships.
CEUs: 0.2 Member: $40 Non-Member: $50
NRPA provides online learning resources, including an online class for fundraising. To access this class, please go to www.nrpaonlinelearning.org, login (free) and then look up fundraising.
Independent Fundraising Resources
When looking for funding and grants, there are many resources for free and for fee on the Internet. Below are just a few suggestions on where to start your research.
- Foundation Center
The Foundation Center provides both training and research information on corporate and foundation grant programs. Some services are free, but most are for a training fee or fee for database use. The Center also has offices in Atlanta, Cleveland, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC. The foundation database houses a collection of data of over 74,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and grant-making public charities. The grants database is a collection of more than 250,000 grants.
An excellent source of IRS 990 forms for both private and corporate foundations and other non-profit organizations.
- Chronicle of Philanthropy
The Chronicle is a newspaper for non-profit news publishing fundraising trends, resources, and recent grants.
- Non-profit Times
Non-profit management newspaper.
Hoovers profiles more than 12 million U.S. companies. It is a great source for employee contact information.
- Fortune Magazine
A resource for identifying companies by state and industry.
- Leadership Directories
- Google, Yahoo Finance, and other general search engines.
- Newspapers and magazines like the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, New York Times.
Interested in learning more about NRPA fundraising resources? Contact Shelley O'Brien at 703.858.2156.