2016 Grant Recipients
The 2016 grant cycle was kicked off with the first round of small grants distributed in March. Four organizations received funding to help them make in impact in the communities where HDR employees live and work.
Small grants are designated as between $5,000 and $15,000, and large grants are more than $15,000. Applications for the second round of 2016 small grants are due April 15 and applications for large grants are due Sep. 15.
Small Grant Recipients
Cornbelt Diabetes Connection
Cornbelt Diabetes Connection will use the HDR Foundation's $15,000 small grant to help purchase a new Mobile Diabetes Center, which is staffed by nurses and students from Nebraska Methodist College. The new Winnebago will help in providing alternative healthcare delivery methods to test people with diabetes or related complications. Targeted at people who cannot afford to see a physician for examination and testing, the Cornbelt Diabetes Connection is recognized as the only mobile diabetes screening service in the United States that is free to the public.
Nordic Journeys helps foster health and recreation for students across Alaska by encouraging them to be active in cross-country skiing. The HDR Foundation grant of $15,000 will be used to purchase skis, boots, bindings and poles for two schools in rural Alaska. The organization provides 20 to 50 sets of skis to each community it serves, most of which are made up of Native Alaskans. It uses volunteer coaches, who include Olympic skiers and elite high school coaches, to teach cross-country skiing, running and biathlon and encourage active lifestyles.
Kids Against Hunger
During an HDR conference in October 2016, more than 500 HDR employees will spend two hours packaging 100,000 meals for Kids Against Hunger. The HDR Foundation has given a $12,500 small grant to Kids Against Hunger to fund half of the meals for the event. With 100,000 meals, 500 starving children from around the world will be provided food for six months. This conference will be one of the largest packaging events to date for the organization.
Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation
Spring Church, Pennsylvania
The $15,000 grant to the Apollo-Ridge Education Foundation will be used to purchase VEX Robotics kits and additional supplies to support STEM education in the Apollo-Ridge School District. The school will use the supplies to teach eighth-grade students a new STEM-based curriculum to encourage and inspire students to pursue more advanced high school courses, and possible careers in STEM-related fields.
Kansas City, Kansas
The organization's mission is to stabilize, revitalize and reinvest in the Kansas City, Kansas, neighborhoods of Wyandotte County. The $15,000 grant will be used to expand Splitlog Farm, an urban farm that is cared for and used by the neighboring elementary school along with members of the community. Specific project costs include an irrigation system, materials for a shelter that will also serve as an educational pavilion, plowing, plants and seeds, safety fencing, seating and installation of water for irrigation.
Minnesota Literacy Council
St. Paul, Minnesota
The Minnesota Literacy Council will use the $15,000 grant to purchase 31 Chromebook laptop computer to replace outdated units across all three of its locations. In addition, the organization will be able to purchase two digital projectors with media carts to facilitate their classroom teachings. The MLC has reached nearly 90,000 people by offering educational programs in language skills and GED preparation when the formal education sector is not enough.
Capitol Land Trust
The $14,890 grant will be used by Capitol Land Trust to redevelop the trail at Randall Preserve, complete with a digital informational kiosk, three new benches and crushed shell and signage for the trail. The additions to the Randall Preserve trail will provide educational opportunities for the community and the nearby elementary school and college. The new kiosk and signage will showcase the history and importance of the area to the Squaxin Island Tribe, and the benches will provide opportunities to observe the natural environment and provide stopping points for classroom activities.
Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy
HETRA, a 2014 large grant recipient, has been granted another $15,000 to improve access to its outdoor arena. The organization uses equine-based therapy to improve the physical and emotional quality of life for individuals with disabilities. HETRA's grant will be used to grade and surface more than 11,000 square feet of a walkway and parking lot. With the improvements, clients will not have to trek through rugged terrain that can be difficult for those using wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or with an altered walking gait pattern. Previously, the HDR Foundation funded the installation of heaters and insulation for the indoor arena, allowing HETRA to provide services year-round.