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HDR Foundation Announces Small Grants for 2018; Funds to Bolster Educational, Community Benefit Programs

The HDR Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded 10 grants to nonprofit organizations totaling $128,403 as part of its 2018 small grant cycles. The organizations will use the funds for a variety of educational, recreational and community benefit programs.

Here are the 2018 small grant recipients:

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas | Dallas, Texas
The $14,944 grant will be used to purchase BookNook and Eureka Math software which will be integrated into the tutoring program for youth from low-income, underserved communities.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands | Omaha, Nebraska
The Boys and Girls Club of the Midlands will use its $15,000 grant to improve the technology infrastructure at their six Legacy Clubs in the Omaha metro area.

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, education and a community gathering space. The $15,000 grant will be used for major improvements including washing stations, solar lighting, a rainwater collection system and outdoor classroom seating.

Explore Austin | Austin, Texas
Explore Austin introduces low-income and minority youth to life-changing outdoor experiences through mentoring. The $15,000 grant will be used to purchase a variety of outdoor equipment, including a canoe trailer, canoes and stoves, and will be used by explorers and mentors.

Jackson Purchase RC&D Foundation | Benton, Kentucky
The Jackson Purchase RC&D Foundation will use its $14,980 grant to create an interpretive nature trail along the Clarks River that is open to the public, and specifically to purchase and install new permanent launching infrastructure for kayaks and canoes.

Literacy KC | Kansas, City, Missouri
The $15,000 grant will provide a mobile computer lab to ensure all students in the Ticket to Read program 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.

MacDonald Training Center | Tampa, Florida
With its $15,000 grant, The MacDonald Training Center will create a simulated hospital room where people with disabilities can train for positions in the healthcare field.

New College Foundation | Sarasota, Florida
The $5,189 grant will provide supplies needed for college students to execute a project that will provide an annual baseline on plastic pollution in Sarasota Bay, the first step toward a reduction and clean-up strategy.

Saluda River Chapter - Trout Unlimited | Columbia, South Carolina
The $5,440 grant will provide an aquarium and all supplies needed to start a Trout in the Classroom program. The conservation and education program is available to schools nationwide for K-12 grades where students learn to raise trout from eggs to fingerlings.

South Dakota Parks and Wildlife | Rapid City, South Dakota
With the HDR Foundation’s $12,850 grant, South Dakota Parks and Wildlife will construct an accessible fishing platform at Merriman’s Pond.

About the HDR Foundation
The HDR Foundation was founded in 2012 and has provided nearly $1.5 million dollars in grants to local organizations — fueled by donations from HDR employees. We provide grants to 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and to political subdivisions. Our giving is targeted to the communities in which our employees live and work, and to organizations where HDR employees are highly active. Grant recipients are also required to align with HDR’s areas of focus, which include education, healthy communities and bettering the environment.

About HDR
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 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.