Grant Guidelines and Information
H.C. Gemmer Family Christian Foundation was created in 1956 by a gift
of Hiram C. and Edith Gemmer, and was substantially grown in 1993 by
a gift from the estate of H. Robert Gemmer. The primary charitable
interests of the founders were causes promoting peace, justice,
sobriety and racial harmony. The founders were also strong
supporters of the ecumenical movement and the cooperative work of
local, state, national and world councils of churches. The main
emphases of the Foundation's grantmaking are in the following primary areas.
Promotion of alternatives to violence, militarism, and war
- Promotion of programs fostering conflict resolution, conflict management, peace education, mediation, and reconciliation
Promotion of peace on the personal, community, national and international levels
Promotion of programs that reduce arms and violence, and foster exchange and understanding among nations and cultures
Promotion of programs addressing the prevention & treatment of domestic violence & cruelty.
Economic Justice and Human Rights
Promotion of programs that provide and protect the basic economic rights of food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, and employment for all, especially for the poor
Promotion of programs seeking to enhance human dignity and protect human rights
Promotion of programs that work for racial justice, and in defense of civil rights, women’s rights, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender rights
Promotion of programs that demonstrate the desire, practical means and intention to promote greater harmony and understanding among persons of different national origins, ethnic backgrounds, & races.
Ecumenical & Interfaith Cooperation
Promotion of programs and organizations that increase the understanding and cooperation of our brothers and sisters in different Christian traditions.
Promotion of programs and organizations that increase the understanding and cooperation of our brothers and sisters in different faith traditions.
Promotion of abstinence from consumption of alcohol or illegal drugs
Promotion of programs that treat drug & alcohol addiction and foster recovery.
Organizations that demonstrate a commitment to grassroots participation
Organizations or projects with a small enough budget that a grant in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 would make a significant impact
Organizations with financial stability, thoughtful strategy, sound operations, and dynamic leadership
Organizations that collaborate, share information and develop strategies to extend their impact and reach
Organizations that evaluate their practices, programs and grants to improve their effectiveness
Organizations that skillfully use communications to disseminate information to the greatest number of people
Projects or programs of a one-time nature
Seed money for the start-up of a new program
Organizations with relatively low administrative and fundraising costs
Organizations that demonstrate their commitment to diversity and equal opportunity with regard to race, gender, class, and culture in the composition of their board, staff, and program activities.
Grants to an individual for travel, study, or similar purpose, or to organizations sponsoring a request intended for the use by, or for the benefit of, a single individual
Grants for political purposes or lobbying activities, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation
Grants to organizations not organized and operated exclusively for purposes described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
Grants for endowments, building funds, or other major capital expenditures
Grants for multiple years at once. (Applicants may apply again in subsequent years)
Grants for more than $3,000
Grants for operational deficits, financial emergencies, or debt retirement.