HDR Foundation Announces Two Grants, Opens Applications for Second Small Grant Cycle of 2020

The HDR Foundation awarded two grants and announced the opening of its second small grant application cycle of 2020.

“We delayed our announcement to make sure these organizations would be able to proceed with their projects,” said Brian Hoppy, chair of the HDR Foundation board of directors. “We’re excited to see these projects move forward and look forward to our next set of grant applications.”

Recipients of the first small grant cycle of 2020 include:

Members of the 2019 ACE Mentor Chicago program tour a construction site with mentors from HDR.

ACE Mentor Program of Chicago | Chicago, IL

The HDR Foundation’s $9,000 grant will cover materials for the ACE Summer Design-Build Program, a seven-week workshop in which high school students engage in a community design project that exposes students to opportunities in architecture, construction and engineering. Working virtually this summer, up to 15 students will collaborate with mentors from the architecture, engineering and construction industry to design a shade structure and outdoor mechanics stations for Blackstone Bicycle Works, a community bicycle shop with STEM education programs for young people.

Healthcare workers from the Central Guanin Medical Center make home visits.

Centro Cultural Guanin | La Piedra, Dominican Republic

A grant of $15,000 from the HDR Foundation will cover 75% of the cost to purchase and retrofit a vehicle to be used to transport residents of rural La Piedra to a larger hospital’s emergency room when immediate medical attention is needed. Centro Cultural Guanin is a nonprofit in La Piedra that works with young people and their families to build stronger communities in desperately poor areas.

The HDR Foundation’s second small grant cycle will accept applications from May 13 – June 19.

“We’re pleased to reopen this cycle," said Nancy Hales, executive director of the HDR Foundation. "We have also increased the upper grant award limit to $20,000, in an effort to bring more support to our communities. Our grant focus continues to be on healthy communities, education and environmental stewardship. We support organizations sponsored by our employees, who are highly engaged within their communities.”

To learn more or apply for a grant, visit HDR Foundation Grant Application Process.  

About the HDR Foundation

At HDR, we strongly believe that giving back is not only a civic duty, but a privilege. As company founder H.H. Henningson noted nearly a century ago, “There is always time enough for kindness.” The HDR Foundation is an extension of that mission, aiming to benefit the communities in which we live and work.

The HDR Foundation provides grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that align with HDR’s areas of expertise: education, healthcare and healthy communities, and healthy environments. 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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