HDR Foundation Announces 37 More 2019 Grant Recipients


Left to right: Lynn Youngblood, Blue River Watershed Association Executive Director; Sarah Copeland, HDR; Jennifer Taylor, Blue River Watershed Board Member; Matthew Volz, HDR; DeVonia Merino, HDR.

The HDR Foundation announces 37 grants awarded to nonprofit organizations around the world totaling $204,824. These are part of the 2019 small grant and young professionals action grant cycles. The organizations will use the funds for a variety of educational, recreational and community benefit programs.

Awardees for the second small grant cycles of 2019 include:

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.

HDR's young professionals were also offered the opportunity to apply for action grants in support of the organizations they're passionate about in their communities. Thirty organizations received grants supporting:

  • Greenways/parks/street scape plantings
  • Healthcare/hospitals/fragile children
  • Schools/libraries
  • Green energy
  • Transitional housing/homeless
  • Community improvements

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.