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Applications for grants must be presented to the Executive Vice-President of the Foundation in writing, and should be as brief as appropriate to present the necessary facts about the applicant and the project for which the grant is being sought. Requests should include the following:

  • A cover letter signed by the chief executive, board president, or authorized official of the organization making the request, including the name, title, telephone number, and e-mail address of the person to contact regarding the grant
  • A narrative proposal describing the applicant organization, the project for which funds are being sought, the persons to be served, and the number of persons affected
  • A statement by the applicant on plans for sustaining the proposed project or program beyond the grant period, if appropriate
  • A statement of policy and practice with regard to diversity and inclusiveness of the organization
  • A detailed budget for the proposed project, the grant amount sought from the Foundation, and the date the funds will be needed
  • Names of corporations, foundations, and other major sources being approached to fund this proposal, with dollar amounts indicating which sources are committed, pending, or planned
  • The names and occupations/affiliations of the organization’s current board of directors or trustees
  • A copy of the applicant’s most recent determination letter from the IRS stating that the applicant is exempt from federal taxation as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicants with a different name from that shown in the IRS letter must provide documentation explaining the discrepancy. Organizations claiming tax-exempt status under a central organization must provide documentation of their membership in that organization
  • The deadline for submitting grant proposals to the Foundation is May 1st for the Spring meeting, and October 1st for the Fall meeting
  • The Foundation’s Spring and Fall meetings are normally held the weekend after Memorial Day and the weekend before Thanksgiving
  • Applicants must apply online or mail the original grant proposal and 10 copies of the proposal and attachments to: Elden Hartman, Executive Vice President, H.C. Gemmer Family Christian Foundation, P.O. Box 17061 Indianapolis, IN 46217-0061
  • The Executive Vice President will inform eligible applicants of the decision made by the Board of Directors regarding their proposal, and transmit grant checks, generally within one week after the board meetings.

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