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Desert Dolphin Skate Grant

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

The Skate Basti Foundation, Los Angeles along with The Living Grace Foundation, Mumbai launches the DESERT DOLPHIN SKATE GRANT.

May 10th, 2023 marks DDSG's inaugural year. The grant will be awarded each year to individuals and skate groups to further develop and thrive in their skateboarding journey. The focus is to support young skateboarding talent in India who are dedicated to nurture their individual growth while positively influencing, inspiring and impacting those around them.

Who can apply for the Grant?

Individual skaters who want to advance to the next level by participating in championships around the world and/ or skaters who are ready to showcase their skills on a larger platform; and groups that support and empower the youth through skateboarding.

How many Skaters or Groups are supported each year?

1 to 4 Skaters or 1 group/organization is awarded the grant each year. The grants are awarded on a case by case basis.

How much is the Grant?

Up to 1 lakh per grant.

What can the grant be used for?

Individuals may apply for a grant to attend a national/international skateboarding championships or tournaments, or visit a community to further accelerate skateboarding skills/workshops for local children. We need to see merit in how the grant will be spent in making a difference or on ground impact. We measure these through four subjective parameters: individual growth, local community/peer growth, skill advancement and representation for India.

How can I spend the grant?

For individual skaters the grant could be used towards participation fees and travel/stay allowance costs to attend skate events. For community related proposals skaters may use the grant towards materials, facility rentals and in some cases equipment related expenses to support skate workshops and clinics with a focus on social and educational development through sports.

Is there any other support alongside the grant money?

Yes. This may include but not limited to support in terms of mentorship, guidance and introductions. An important aspect of making the grant effective and impactful is to introduce the winners of the grant to a network of qualified professional and strategic partners who can help elevate the careers and advancement of the individual or the group.

What is the application process like?

Complete the below detailed form online that needs to be filled thoughtfully in order to submit an application. There is a non-refundable application fee of Rs 250 that is applied towards processing form intakes.

When can we apply?

The application will open every year. This coming year applications will be open between October 2nd 2023 to January 31st, 2024 at 12pm IST.

When do we hear back?

Every year on May 10th, 2024 the awardees will be announced.

GRANT APPLICATIONS OPEN October 2, 2023. See the form below.


The first grant recipient is skater girl, Shraddha Gaikwad from Pune. Shraddha had the privilege of traveling to Montpellier, France to participate in the Amateur girls' competition during FISE May 15 - 20, 2023. FISE boasted over 600,000 spectators/attendees and more than 2,000 international athletes participated in 70 competitions. She also speak on a panel at the Urban Sports Summit along with filmmakers Manjari Makijany and Vinati Makijany.

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