Fresh Food Farms

2019 Grant Recipients

HDR Foundation: Small Grants

First Round

Green Empowerment - Amaguaya Micro Hydroelectric Project | Amaguaya, Bolivia 
HDR Foundation’s $15,000 grant will fund tools, equipment and supplies to make physical infrastructure improvements and repairs to the Amaguaya micro hydroelectric facility, while increasing local skill sets through community education and technical trainings. Upgrades to the facility’s load controller will allow for more efficient use of power and make the system more resilient during emergency situations. The project will restore reliable power to the community and improve local health services.

Council Groves Apartments | Missoula, Montana 
HDR Foundation's $13,840 grant will upgrade a computer lab for low-income residents, including: eight Lenova ThinkCentre M910q computers with keyboard and mouse, eight perpetual subscriptions to Windows 10 Pro, four perpetual subscriptions to Adobe Acrobat 2017 and eight LED monitors. Funds will also cover professional installation of hardware and software, software configuration, set up of user profiles and staff training. 

Fresh Future Farm | North Charleston, South Carolina
To address a food desert and offer healthy choices in an underserved community, the HDR Foundation is funding $7,510 for improved market produce signage, weekly cooking demonstrations, healthy eating and recipe information, and seeds and plantings for home gardens. Cooking demonstrations focus on culturally relevant recipes, and production of a cookbook to distribute to residents and sell to shoppers outside of the neighborhood to sustain the engagement program.

Flying Kites - Farming Community of Njabini | Aberdare Mountains, Kenya
HDR Foundation’s $14,991 grant will allow Flying Kites to double enrollment for primary education in the local elementary school. Funds will purchase physical education uniforms for 70 new students enrolled this year (shorts, t-shirt, socks, athletic pants, sweatshirt, sports shoes), along with equipment for PE and competitive sports (balls, nets, jerseys, elbow and knee pads, shin guards). Support for students will integrate nutrition, physical education, extracurricular athletics and healthy choices.

The Table Urban Farm | Denver, Colorado
HDR Foundation’s $15,000 grant will provide access not only to food but also to food education within the community, hoping to close the gap between providing food for those who need it and knowing what to do with the food once it is received. HDR Foundation funds will purchase a grill, range, and oven unit for their teaching kitchen.

Second Round

Reach Out and Read - Early Learning Partnership of York County | Rock Hill, South Carolina
HDR Foundation’s $7,700 grant will provide funds for a one-time purchase of books for children and parents. The reading program would become part of the county’s “well-children” visit. These books will be distributed as part of the thirteen established well-child visits before the child in the Rock Hill area enters kindergarten.

Orange County Ocean Restoration Project – Get Inspired! | Garden Grove, California
HDR Foundation’s $12,850 grant will purchase tanks, filters, pipes, etc. to create a nursery for growing kelp, abalone, and white seabass. This program teaches students valuable job skills for careers in aquaculture, teach hands-on STEM education, and replenishes a popular recreational sport fish in local waters.

Children and Family Services Center | Huntersville, North Carolina
HDR Foundation’s $15,000 grant will purchase equipment and supplies to install a new playground in Huntersville. HDR's grant will fund the major play climb and slide structure, and the ‘core strength piece’ hanging bars. The proposed project would allow a space that reflects the time, culture and context of its increasingly diverse community.

Denver Urban Gardens | Denver, Colorado
HDR Foundation‘s $15,000 grant will purchase materials and supplies to construct a sustainable garden shed at the West Colfax Urban Community Garden. The building will have solar shingles/panels, a rainwater catchment system on the roof, a solar storage battery to provide security lighting and an outlet system. Harvested rainwater will irrigate the garden. This pilot project would be an innovative step toward sustainability, and educational signage on the shed will provide information on the benefits of solar power and rainwater harvesting, and be viewed by gardeners along with park visitors.

Bayou Vermillion Preservation Association | Lafayette, Louisiana
HDR Foundation’s $13,993 grant will purchase saplings, shrubs, mulch, and signage for community-led plantings, educational workshops and related publications. The grant would address watershed improvements and flood protection two ways: community volunteers would do plantings on targeted public lands, and then would also get plant stock for their own lands in flood hazard area. This community-based effort will have a lasting impact on the watershed’s resiliency.

Blue River Watershed | Kansas City Missouri
HDR Foundation’s $12,050 grant will purchase science kits for the Watershed to use in sixteen T.R.U.E. BlueSM classes, and seven Macros classes that schools, throughout the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. Supplies include HACH kits, chemicals, and gloves for T.R.U.E. BlueSM, and nets, macros kits, and gloves for Macros programming. 

Putnam County Educational Service Center | Ottawa, Ohio
HDR Foundation's $8,300 grant will purchase tools, materials, and equipment to support the continuation of the Putnam County Science Fair. With this support to the Science Fair, the STEM component will now be included for every school district served for many years.