2018 Grant Recipients
South Dakota Parks and Wildlife | Rapid City, South Dakota
With the HDR Foundation’s $12,850 grant, South Dakota Parks and Wildlife will construct a handicap accessible fishing platform at Merriman’s Pond. The fishing landing will provide recreational and educational opportunities for children of all ages and those with limited mobility. It will also serve as an outdoor classroom for the many school field trips to the pond, where children learn about and experience the natural environment, wildlife and aquatic ecology.
MacDonald Training Center | Tampa, Florida
The MacDonald Training Center will use $15,000 in funding from the HDR Foundation to create a simulated hospital room where people with disabilities can train for positions in the health care field. This allows for more comprehensive learning than hectic on-the-floor training, particularly for those with cognitive or sensory challenges who are sensitive to outside distractions. This provides these individuals a chance to develop their skills and ultimately move into higher paid jobs and advance their careers.
The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands | Omaha, Nebraska
The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands will use $15,000 from the HDR Foundation to improve the technology infrastructure at its six Legacy Clubs in the Omaha metro area. This will support the expansion of its STEM Academy program to reach more youth in the Omaha community. The existing infrastructure is unable to support the newly installed computers and technology equipment that were donated last year.
Explore Austin | Austin, Texas
Explore Austin connects low-income and minority youth with caring adult role models and introduces the children to life-changing outdoor experiences. The $15,000 HDR Foundation grant will be used to purchase a canoe trailer, 10 canoes, 10 women’s backpacks, eight stoves, 10 headlamps and a bike rack. This gear and equipment will be used by Explorers and Mentors during the outdoor activities set to take place this year and in the coming years.
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas | Dallas, Texas
The after-school programs offered by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Dallas help youth from low-income, underserved communities find academic success. $14,944 from the HDR Foundation will be used to purchase BookNook and Eureka Math software that will be integrated into the tutoring program. The new curriculum will better assess and guide students' reading level and grow conceptual knowledge of number sense, ultimately preparing them to graduate high school on time and set them up for postsecondary education and a career.
Community Housing of Wyandotte County | Kansas City, Kansas
CHWC’s Splitlog Farm is an urban garden providing fresh fruits and vegetables, health and nutrition programming, and a community gathering space. Elementary school students plant, water, weed and harvest the garden, bringing produce back to the school to serve in the cafeteria. Volunteers distribute the rest of the produce free of charge to local residents living in a neighborhood considered to be a food desert. The HDR Foundation grant of $15,000 will be used for major improvements to the farm, including washing stations, solar lighting, a rainwater collection system and outdoor classroom seating.
Jackson Purchase RC&D Foundation | Benton, Kentucky
The Jackson Purchase RC&D Foundation promotes healthy communities, healthy environments and sustainable economic growth. It will use the $14,980 from the HDR Foundation grant paired with local donations to create an interpretive nature trail along the Clarks River, specifically the installation of permanent launching infrastructure. The trail will be open to the public and the ramp will provide the first local trail access for canoes and kayaks, meeting a need for recreational opportunities in the area.
Literacy KC | Kansas City, Missouri
Literacy KC's Ticket to Read program equips students with needed literacy and digital skills and supports them in working toward high school diplomas, GEDs or other career readiness programs. The $15,000 HDR Foundation grant will provide a mobile computer lab to ensure all students will be able to complete a Digital Life Skills class, where they review the basics of computers and become familiar and comfortable with the digital skills necessary for today’s society.
New College Foundation | Sarasota, Florida
Plastic pollution is a pervasive problem to humans and other animals, especially along shorelines. There is no annual baseline data for water and sediment microplastic pollution levels for Sarasota Bay. The HDR Foundation’s $5,189 grant will provide the supplies needed for college students to establish an annual baseline that can be added to state and five gyres databases, providing information for a reduction and clean-up strategy. Local teachers will be trained to encourage citizen science projects to add to the baseline data.
Saluda River Chapter – Trout Unlimited | Columbia, South Carolina
$5,440 from the HDR Foundation will cover the cost of an aquarium and all supplies needed to start a Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program. This conservation and education program is available to schools nationwide for K-12 grades where students learn to raise trout from eggs to fingerling. The TIC program provides children with an understanding of water quality and cold water conservation, and it reconnects an increasingly urbanized population of youth to the system of streams, rivers and watersheds that sustain them.