HDR Foundation: Large Grants

HDR Foundation

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Grant amount: More than US $15,000

Anticipated deadline: Aug 23, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

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Note: Every grant applicant must include a letter of recommendation from any HDR employees who are actively involved in the organization. These employees will act as "employee sponsors" to help answer questions about the application process, but an HDR employee cannot fill out the application for an organization. If an applicant does not have an HDR employee sponsor, it will not be considered for a grant.

What We Support

Our work at HDR makes a difference in people’s lives. Through our Foundation, we seek to fund organizations located in the communities in which our employees live and work. Eligible applicants include U.S.-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and political subdivisions such as school districts, instrumentalities or libraries. 

We provide funding for discrete projects that show promise for lasting impact. Preference is given to fund nonprofits where HDR employees are highly engaged.

Our Areas of Focus

The foundation's areas of focus mirror HDR's breadth of knowledge and expertise. We provide grants for projects that demonstrate direct impact as well as projects that can be replicated or scaled. Our areas of focus included:

Our company, clients and communities benefit from a well-educated, skilled and informed population. Examples of projects we 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, we value the importance of healthcare and healthy communities. Examples of types of healthcare and healthy community projects we may fund include:
  • Active lifestyles
  • Wellness education
  • Preventative healthcare
  • Alternative healthcare delivery methods


We promote the value of environmentally responsible practices to our clients, employee-owners and communities. Examples of projects we 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

Large Grants

We consider our large grants on an annual basis. The grants are greater than $15,000 and one year in duration. We will review multi-year requests only for projects with significant outcomes. In these cases, the grantee must clearly demonstrate the significance and advantage of funding a multi-year request. Our online application must be completed to be considered for any grant funding. Grant recipients will be contacted with the foundation's decision once approved by the Foundation Board.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We provide small grants to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, federally recognized tribal governments, and to political subdivisions, such as school districts or libraries.
  • Our giving is targeted to the communities in which our employees live and work, focusing on the U.S. or organizations that support global initiatives.
  • We fund discrete projects with:
    • HDR employee engagement
    • Quantifiable outcomes
    • Measurable impacts
    • Clear scopes of work
    • Detailed budget information
    • Activities that are sustainable beyond the grant term


  • We also give preference to organizations that have a high level of employee involvement.
  • Preference is given to projects that affect work at the community level while providing tangible and measurable results. 


  • The HDR Foundation does not fund: 
    • Individuals, other than approved employee assistance programs
    • Religious institutions
    • Nontribal government agencies
    • Operating support
    • Outside endowments
    • Advocacy
    • Travel support
    • Pass-through funding
    • Direct compensation
    • Pass-through organizations (e.g., community foundations)
    • Prizes
    • Conferences
    • Sponsorships
    • Scholarships