HDR Foundation Announces Large Grant Recipients for 2015

The HDR Foundation has awarded five large grants for 2015. Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

  • Lower Merion Conservancy in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania: Funds will be used to purchase three probes that will help establish a long-term water quality monitoring system for Mill Creek. The conservancy has a chance to clean-up the drinking water that supplies more than 17 million people in the watershed.
  • Engineers Without Borders in San Diego, California: Projects in the India program specifically focus on potable water supply and structural work, which are areas of engineering that HDR performs globally for our clients. The funds will go toward water treatment, housing, rainwater harvesting and latrines in two India communities.
  • Green Empowerment in Portland, Oregon: Supports the continuation of water and energy projects in Nicaragua. Funds will cover project equipment costs for installation of solar powered water pumping projects, solar home systems, patio gardens and improved cook stoves.
  • GRID Alternatives in Denver, Colorado: Provides low-income households access to the financial, environmental and employment benefits of solar electricity. Program outcomes include: 300 families served, 45,000 tons of greenhouse gases prevented over next 30 years, 16,000 hours of hands-on experience for job trainees. Twenty-plus HDR employees will be able to volunteer to install the solar system during a workday program.
  • Governor's School for Science and Mathematics in Hartsville, South Carolina: An online engineering program to cultivate the next generation of creative engineers and technical leaders by offering motivated 10th, 11th and 12th grade students an innovative and accelerated path toward achieving college engineering degrees.

The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided more than half a million dollars in grants to local organizations—fueled by donations from HDR employees. The foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and to political subdivisions, such as school districts or libraries. Our giving is targeted to the communities in which our employees live and work, focusing on the U.S. or organizations that support global initiatives. Grant recipients are also required to align with HDR’s areas of focus, which include education, healthcare and healthy communities, and healthy environments.

Proposals for small grants that are $15,000 or less are considered twice a year, while large grants exceeding $15,000 are considered once annually. Small grant applications are due on Jan. 15 and April 15 of each year. Large grant applications are due each year on Sept. 15. Organizations may apply online at

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