HDR Foundation Awards 13 Grants and Announces Large Grant Application Cycle

Young, Black & Lit Book Drive
Young, Black & Lit co-founders Krenice Roseman and Derrick Ramsey prepare children's books for elementary students. Their "Lit Year" program will bring 11,000 books to 750 students in Evanston, Illinois, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the HDR Foundation awarded this cycle.

The HDR Foundation awarded 13 grants totaling more than USD 180,000 — the largest totals ever for the Foundation’s small grant cycle. It also will begin accepting large grant applications later this month.

Small grants fund projects in the areas of education, healthcare and healthy communities, and environmental stewardship ranging from USD 5,000 to USD 20,000. The Foundation’s previous high for a small grant cycle was seven grants totaling more than USD 85,000.

“Now more than ever, our communities need our support,” said Brian Hoppy, chair of the HDR Foundation board of directors. “Our employees brought so many inspiring ideas to us. Their commitment to these causes demonstrates how much they care.”

Grant awards in this cycle address food security, educational support for students, improving outdoor play facilities for underserved kids and stretching the safety net a little wider for our most vulnerable families. All grants will comply with local communities’ health directives.

Read more about the latest grants at

About the HDR Foundation

The HDR Foundation provides grants to registered nonprofit organizations and charities that align with HDR’s areas of expertise: education, healthcare and healthy communities, and environmental stewardship. As an employee-funded and employee-driven foundation, preference is given to organizations located in communities in which HDR employees live and work, and those which have strong employee involvement. Since its inception in 2012, the HDR Foundation has provided more than $3 million in grants to over 150 organizations. You can learn more at

About HDR 

For over a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans more than 10,000 employees in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future. For more information, please visit   

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