HDR Foundation Announces First 2021 Grants

Volunteers load and deliver meals
Meals on Wheels Central Texas volunteers load meals for delivery.

Following a successful annual giving campaign, the HDR Foundation recently awarded $184,100 in grants to charities across the U.S. and Canada. Employee-owners supported a special challenge that awarded more than $105,000 back to local food banks from Portland to Lafayette to Ottawa. The remaining $79,000 funded employee-sponsored grants.

“I think there was added motivation among our employees, knowing that a portion of their donations would make an immediate difference in their communities,” said Brian Hoppy, chair of the HDR Foundation board. “Our employees stepped up where the need is greatest.”

“We’re especially proud to include our Canadian colleagues this year,” added Nancy Hales, executive director. “Strong employee participation in our giving campaign allowed us to support local food banks in Canada, also.”   

Four additional grants addressed habitat/greenspace development in a Chicago neighborhood, support to low-income seniors in San Diego and Austin, and security infrastructure to improve safety for women and children in Zambia, The grants are part of the foundation’s small grant cycle, which funds projects ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.

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Upcoming Grant Cycles

In the U.S., the HDR Foundation’s second small grant cycle will accept applications from May 12-June 7. The first-ever grant cycle in Canada will accept applications from May 24-June 17. To learn more or apply for a grant, visit HDR Foundation Grant Application Process.  

About the HDR Foundation

The HDR Foundation provides grants to qualified organizations that align with HDR’s areas of expertise: education, 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 with strong employee involvement. Since its inception, 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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