The H. C. Gemmer Family Christian Foundation Grant

From The H.C. Gemmer Family Christian Foundation, Inc.

The H. C. Gemmer Family Christian Foundation was created in 1956 by the philanthropy and vision of Hiram C. and Edith Gemmer, and their son, H. Robert Gemmer. The founders’ convictions and charitable interests focuses on peace, justice, sobriety, and racial harmony. They were also strong supporters of ecumenical and inter-faith organizations.

Grant uses


Primary Areas of Funding:

Peace with Justice

  • Alternative to Violence, militarism and War
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Reconciliation and Healing
  • Peace Education
  • Criminal Justice

Human Rights

  • Anti-Discrimination and Protection
  • Immigrants’ rights
  • Diversity and Intergroup Relations
  • Social Justice
  • Economic Justice


Organization's Location
Program Location
Organization Type
Fiscally-sponsored organizations


Individuals or grants to an organization for the benefit of an individual
Scholarships or tuition assistance for undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate students
Political or lobbying activities
Private foundations
Service clubs
Fraternal/social/civic organizations
Endowments, building funds, annual fund drives, or capital campaigns
Grants for operating deficits, financial emergencies, debt retirement
Sponsorships including auctions, dinners, tickets, advertising, or fundraising events
Sectarian or religious organizations for religious purposes where the principal activity is for the benefit of their own members or adherents
up to 3k


You may submit applications every year.
Required Attachments
Project Budget
Board List
501(c)(3) Letter
Contact info
Elden Hartman
(317) 473-9314
Review Criteria

Preferred funding:

  • Grants for Projects or Programs of a One-Time Nature
  • Grants to Provide Seed Money for Start-Up of a New Program
  • Grants to Organizations with Financial Stability, Thoughtful Strategy, Sound Operations, and Diversity Among Board Members, Staff and Leadership
  • Grants to Organizations with Relatively Low Administrative and Fundraising Costs
  • Grants to Organization with Broad-based Financial Support and Grassroots Participation
  • Grants to Organizations that Evaluate their Practices, Programs and Grants to Prove and Improve their Effectiveness
  • Grants that Have a High Degree of Potential Benefit to the Community
  • Grants to Organizations with the Capability and Personnel to Achieve Expected Results
  • Grants to Organizations that Skillfully Use Communications and Media to Widely Disseminate Information about the Organizations
  • Grants to Organizations that Collaborate, Share Information, and Develop Strategies to Extend their Impact and Reach
  • Grants to Organizations Promoting Ecumenical or Interfaith Cooperation
  • Grants that Expand the Organization’s Mission or Constituency Served
  • Grants to Organizations that Address Root Causes of the Problems they are Working to Resolve, and that Emphasize Systemic Change
  • Grants to Organizations with a Focus on Advocacy, Community Organizing, Activism, and Training for Change
  • Grants that Match more Than One of our Primary Areas of Funding
  • Grants to Organizations for Programs that Serve Vulnerable Populations
  • Grants to Organizations for which a $3,000 Maximum Grant Would Make a Significant Impact or Difference
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