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HDR Foundation Grant - Large Grant Cycle

Grants to USA and Guam Nonprofits and Political Subdivisions for
Projects in Environment, Education, and Healthy Communities

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Grants to USA and Guam nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, tribes, and political subdivisions such as libraries or school districts to benefit eligible communities. Funding is intended to support projects in the areas of environment, education, and healthy communities. Requests will be accepted from organizations located in the communities in which Foundation employees live and work. Eligible communities are located in USA and Guam, excluding Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, and Vermont.

The HDR Foundation provides grants to qualified organizations that align with HDR’s areas of expertise. 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. Funding is provided for discrete projects that show promise for lasting impact. 

Focus areas:

  • Education:  The Foundation company, clients and communities benefit from a well-educated, skilled and informed population. Examples of projects they may fund include education projects that support:
    • Architecture
    • Engineering
    • Design
    • Environmental science
    • Consulting and planning
  • Healthy Communities: With a healthcare design practice that is consistently ranked No. 1, the Foundation values the importance of healthcare and healthy communities. Examples of types of healthcare and healthy community projects they may fund include:
    • Active lifestyles
    • Wellness education
    • Preventative healthcare
    • Alternative healthcare delivery methods
  • Environmental: The Foundation promotes the value of environmentally responsible practices to their clients, employee-owners and communities. Examples of projects they may fund include:
    • Active transportation modes, such as walking or biking
    • Water, energy and waste reduction projects
    • Innovative, small-scale renewable energy and water reuse
    • Community-led environmental restoration efforts 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197799

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amount: $20,000+

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include U.S.-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, educational institutions, and political subdivisions such as school districts or libraries.

The Foundation seeks to fund organizations located in the communities in which their employees live and work. (For a full list of eligible locations, see

Not funded:
- Individuals, other than approved employee assistance programs
- Organizations that have any pending issue before the Internal Revenue Service that may result in a change to current tax exempt status.
- Operational (overhead) support. For more information visit,
- Religious institutions
- Nontribal government agencies
- Organizations dedicated to the welfare of domesticated animals
- Operating support
- Outside endowments
- Advocacy
- Travel support
- Pass-through funding
- Direct compensation
- Pass-through organizations (e.g., community foundations)
- Prizes
- Conferences
- Sponsorships
- Scholarships

Pre-Application Information:

Applications in progress due Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. CDT. Funding decisions announced in November 2021.

About the Foundation:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For more information, please contact

HDR Headquarters
1917 S. 67th Street
Omaha, NE 68106-2973
(402) 399-1000

Grant Coverage Areas:

For a full list of eligible cities and locations by state, see

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: Guam (USA)

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