2013 Grant Recipients

One of the most exciting aspects about the work that we do is that everything we do makes a difference to the communities in which we live and work. Thanks to HDR employees, nine community organizations now have renewed support to maximize their impact in these communities as well.

In 2013, the HDR Foundation received a total of 50 small grant applications (under $15,000) as well as 24 large grant applications ($15,000 and over). Each application was reviewed by the nine members of the Grant Giving Committee and selected grants were then recommended to the HDR Foundation Board. 

Small Grants Awarded in May 

  • The Rock Solid Robotics team in Two Harbors, MN, is applying science, technology, engineering and mathematics to design and build sophisticated robots for the FIRST Robotics regional, national and world competitions.
  • New trees planted by the Midtown Neighborhood Alliance in Omaha, NE, are helping to restore the tree canopy in midtown Omaha, promoting biodiversity and a more livable community.
  • Middle-school students in New Orleans, LA, are being exposed to careers within the preservation, built-resources and arts disciplines, inspiring responsibility and stewardship for our cultural resources through The Preservation Resource Center's My City, My Home heritage education program.
  • The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Youth and Science at the San Diego State University Research Foundation is moving forward with its "Building Healthier Communities and Pathways to Higher Education with Native American Youth" program.
  • And in Seattle, WA, five volunteer habitat restoration and stewardship events at the Sammamish Landing Project are being planned and supported by The Friends of Cedar River Watershed.

Small Grants Awarded in October 

  • Young women in 13 counties in Illinois are being inspired to be healthy and confident through experienced-based curriculum which creatively integrates running through the Girls on the Run of Central Illinois program.
  • Serving a minimum of 700 students annually, the Elementary Institute for Science in San Diego promotes the study of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math education) endeavors to underprivileged youth in Southern California.
  • Sweet Dream in a Bag will provide bedding packages for 100 needy children in different cities along Colorado's Front Range from Pueblo to Ft. Collins.
  • And in California, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition is transforming San Francisco streets and neighborhoods into more healthy, livable and safe places by promoting the bicycle for everyday transportation.

Large Grants Awarded in October 

  • The Lower Columbia Estuary in Portland, OR and its "Science in Action" Outdoor Environmental Education Program will engage 500 students from underserved communities in innovative science-based environmental education experiences.
  • The Center for Environmental Health in Oakland, CA, will apply HDR Grant monies to fund its work with larger purchasers who, through their buying power, can incentivize manufacturers to remove flame retardant chemicals from their products, thus making their products safe for human health and the environment.
  • In Nebraska, the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance is promoting healthy, safe, and green housing for children and families in the community by tuning or replacing furnaces, weather-stripping, installing radon mitigation systems, stabilizing lead-based paint, using non-toxic pest management and fixing other safety hazards in their homes.
  • In Minnesota, the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery is determined to end child abuse and neglect and create strong, healthy families by ensuring that children's health issues are fully addressed through the Pediatric Assessment and Medical Management program.

Congratulations to all of the 2013 HDR Foundation grant recipients.