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2021 HDR Foundation Grants

Canada Fund Grant Cycle

Almost Home | Kingston, ON

Almost Home provides housing and comfort for families whose children are receiving medical treatment in Kingston-area hospitals. This CA$10,000 grant will fund new windows to reduce energy costs and improve climate control in the converted Victorian home where families stay during a vulnerable time in their lives. The home has nearly 500 check-ins per year and has served more than 7,000 families with sick or injured children.

Employee Sponsor: Sara Ross | Kingston, ON

Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes | Lindsay, ON

Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes provides door-to-door transportation for seniors and adults with physical or cognitive challenges to medical appointments, community program, shopping or social/family events within and outside of the City of Kawartha Lakes. The area consists of rural/remote towns with no connected public transit, and this lack of transportation is often a major barrier to accessing health, wellness and community support services. This CA$10,000 grant will help retrofit a newly purchased van to be fully accessible for people using wheelchairs or stretchers.

Employee Sponsor: Kerry Clifford | Ottawa, ON

U.S. Small Grant Cycle 2

Partnership for Hope | Omaha, NE

The Partnership for Hope is a community-based initiative designed to address the unique challenges faced by young adults exiting the foster care system. This US$7,500 grant will provide a full kit of household cleaning supplies and basic home tools for young adults living independently for the first time. The program also provides training on independent household care and maintenance to help with this significant life transition.

Employee Sponsor: Lori Calub | Omaha, NE

Eddy House | Reno, NV

During the pandemic, Eddy House converted its operation to offer many of its daily drop-in services for homeless youth outdoors. Building on the impact of a 2020 grant for a 4-wheel-drive outreach vehicle, this US$11,800 grant will fund the installation of security fencing and power so that the shelter can offer outdoor services safely after dark. Eddy House helps homeless and at-risk youth develop life and job skills necessary for sustainable independence.

Employee Sponsor: Mark P. Smith | Reno, NV

Foster Love | Papillion, NE

Tragically, children often arrive in foster care with a black garbage bag filled with dirty and poorly fitting clothing. Foster Love offers a boutique-like atmosphere for kids in foster care to pick out clothes, shoes and accessories so they feel empowered to represent themselves just like their fellow classmates. This US$10,000 grant will purchase 400 pairs of shoes, making kids feel confident and supported as they return to school this fall.

Employee Sponsor: Brian Green | Omaha, NE

Reno Bike Project | Reno, NV

The Reno Bike Project centers around the belief that the bicycle is the world’s greatest, most-utilized mode of transportation and that every individual, regardless of age, gender, race, or class, has the right to afford, maintain and enjoy one. This US$6,444 grant will overhaul 10 bicycles and purchase cycling equipment and repair supplies to provide transportation to previously homeless individuals who are transitioning to long-term housing at Northern Nevada HOPES Hope Springs residential facility. 

Employee Sponsor: Keith Weaver | Reno, NV

Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio | Cleveland, OH

The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Ohio provides a safe place for more than 200 Cleveland-area kids to go after school and take part in activities that emphasize academic achievement, healthy lifestyles and character development. This US$20,000 grant will provide tile flooring as part of a kitchen renovation at the organization’s Broadway Club. The new kitchen will enable staff to serve healthy, hot meals for youth age 6–18, increasing their ability to focus, ensuring their nutritional needs are met, and instilling the value of healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

Employee Sponsor: Juan Guzman | Cleveland, OH

Latino Center of the Midlands | Omaha, NE

This US$10,000 grant will support the continued growth of the Latino Center of the Midlands’ Siembra Salud home-based gardening and nutritional education program. Demand for the program rose during the pandemic in 2020, with more than 160 participants and a wait list of 70. Expanding on the success of a 2020 grant, the funds will be used to purchase tools and materials for families to build garden boxes and planting, maintaining and harvest their home gardens.

Employee Sponsor: Jose Labrador | Omaha, NE

Hemisfair Conservancy | San Antonio, TX

The site of the 1968 World’s Fair has become an inclusive, family-friendly park designed to emphasize health, wellness, equity and inclusion in the heart of downtown San Antonio. This US$6,500 grant will fund new solar structures with LED lighting to provide shade from the hot Texas sun during the day, while harvesting solar power for lighting in Hemisfair’s Tower Park at night. The project will include interpretive panels explaining green power and sustainability, adding an educational amenity to the park’s wide array of offerings.

Employee Sponsor: J.M. Gonzalez | San Antonio, TX

HETRA | Gretna, NE

Through equine-assisted activities, the Heartland Equine Therapy Riding Academy physically and emotionally improves the lives of children and adults with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, brain tumors, head or spinal cord injuries, visual impairments, autism, developmental delays and strokes. This US$9,000 grant will fund materials for at-risk youth and young adults to build shelters to protect horses from overheating and exhaustion while outdoors in the summer months. The build will provide an educational opportunity for participants to develop teamwork, communication and time management skills.

Employee Sponsor: Teresa Konda | Omaha, NE

Native Prairies Association of Texas | Deer Park, TX

This US$10,120 grant will cover the purchase scientific and audio/visual equipment, learning tools and supplies, and educational materials for Native Prairies Association of Texas educational programs for high school girls from underrepresented backgrounds in the Houston area. The organization is dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies, savannas, and other grasslands in Texas. Through the Deer Park Prairie Education Program, students will learn science and math through hands-on, interactive learning centered around Lawther-Deer Park Prairie, a 51-acre, never-plowed, native prairie remnant that is an excep­tional example of one of the most endangered ecosystems in North America. 

Employee Sponsor: Erin Hatchett | Fort Worth, TX

Larchmont Charter School | Los Angeles, CA

Larchmont Charter School offers a unique approach to education, including an edible schoolyard used to teach students about eco-literacy. This US$20,000 grant will fund the replacement, repair and installation of irrigation systems to maintain and expand the gardens used for the edible school yard program. The program integrates environmental and biological science into the curriculum, teaching students about where food comes from, the soil and insects needed to grow food, supporting local farmers, composting and nutrition.

Employee Sponsor: Jennifer Thoren | Los Angeles, CA

U.S. Small Grant Cycle 1

ElderHelp of San Diego | San Diego, CA

ElderHelp provides personalized services and information to help low-income seniors continue to live successfully in their own homes. This US$19,990 USD grant will help to purchase new and used office equipment, phone systems and computers to continue services without interruption after events beyond their control required a sudden office relocation. The continuity of services is particularly essential to the wellbeing of seniors, who have needed food, essential supplies and reassuring support for isolation and anxiety during COVID-19.

Employee Sponsor: Rick Veihl | San Diego, CA


Meals on Wheels Central Texas | Austin, TX

The need for shelf stable and frozen meals for homebound seniors grew even greater during COVID-19. This US$20,000 grant will partially fund a new temperature-controlled meal delivery vehicle to help serve more senior clients with fewer volunteers due to social distancing requirements. Since March 2020, Meals on Wheels Central Texas has delivered 753,000 meals to home-bound seniors and added 1,300 new clients, and the new vehicle will help to safely deliver frozen foods and prevent food-borne illness to seniors in more distant locations.

Employee Sponsor: Zachary Stein | Austin, TX

Chicago Gateway Green | Chicago, IL

This US$19,640 grant will create an urban habitat for butterflies and other pollinators while greening and beautifying a neglected section adjacent to the Dan Ryan Expressway in the Bronzeville neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. Chicago Gateway Green will use the funds to purchase native perennials known to support the life cycle of the monarch butterfly. Seen by thousands of drivers and transit riders daily, the new green space will promote the importance of biodiversity and sustainable landscaping.  

Employee Sponsor: Grace Rappe | Chicago, IL

WISE Zambia | Kaoma, Zambia

WISE is a U.S.-based non-profit that actively supports women and their children at risk of abuse and abandonment in rural Zambia, a region with extreme poverty. This US$19,518 grant will provide the materials and labor to complete a 1,070-foot security fence around the main campus and women’s center, where property theft has jeopardized the continuity of proven, successful educational programs and vocational training. In 2021, WISE will support more than 300 students in 23 rural schools and 36 young adults in college, nursing or vocational schools.

Employee Sponsor: James Thomas | Austin, TX

Food Bank Grants

Feeding America and Local Food Banks | U.S. and Canada

Following a successful annual giving campaign, the HDR Foundation awarded more than US$105,000 to local food banks across the U.S. and Canada. More than 40 local food banks received grants in recognition of employees in HDR offices who met a special challenge related to our annual fund raising efforts.