Elmer H. Schmidt Christian Broadcasting Fund

Elmer was born March 31, 1916. He lived in Adin, CA for 72 years and owned and worked a ranch with his brother. Neither of them ever married or had children. They were very frugal and Elmer had many stories of how they built and repaired farm equipment from parts of other old equipment. They saved everything because you never knew what might come in handy down the road. They did not believe in borrowing money so they paid cash for everything they needed or they did without. They did not have a telephone on the ranch and the post office was 4.5 miles away so communication was difficult with the rest of the world. He really enjoyed Christian radio and he wanted to help stations continue their programming. He loved all kinds of music and had kept several old instruments collected by his family including a huge old pipe organ.

The fund was established to benefit and support qualified 501c3 public charity/nonprofit entities including:

1) Protestant Christian radio and television stations in the United States and Canada

    • Organizations may apply two (2) years in a row. Stations receiving grants two (2) years in a row must wait for one (1) year before reapplying at the end of the second grant period.
    • Requests must not exceed half the station’s annual expenses.
    • Current grant recipients are requested and encouraged to recommended other similar organizations for future consideration.

2) Protestant Christian churches in the United States and Canada that experience a disaster and could be eligible to apply for a grant up to $10,000 for structural repair. Please contact our Program Officer for more detail.

NOTE: This application is by invitation only. If your organization fits the above parameters, please contact the Community Foundation for more information.