Celebrating our 20th year, the Chelsea Community Foundation supports "all things Chelsea" — the important community work that goes into making Chelsea, Michigan, the strong, vibrant, special community that it is.
The Chelsea Community Foundation is a permanent community endowment with assets in excess of $2 million thanks to strong local support and prudent financial management. The Chelsea Community Foundation is guided by Chelsea’s civic leaders who care deeply about the community. To-date, more than $1.25 million has been awarded to local nonprofits to address emerging community needs and opportunities.
The Civic Foundation of Chelsea was formed in 1981 to coordinate the efforts of various individuals and entities in serving the needs of the community. Another organization, The Foundation for Community Care, was established by the Chelsea Community Hospital to provide financial assistance for patients in need of health care services and lacking insurance or the ability to pay, and for other philanthropic needs not typically part of a hospital’s operating budget.
In 1994, the two Foundations merged into the Chelsea Foundation, and in 1995 it became an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan. This affiliation offered access to the larger Community Foundation’s resources while permitting the flexibility to make sure Chelsea’s needs would be met from the proceeds of a well-managed permanent endowment with community-minded donors and advisors.
Art Dils Founding Committee Member, Chelsea Community Foundation
"I have supported the Chelsea Community Foundation for over 20 years because I know that my gifts have a positive impact on the Chelsea community's most pressing needs."
The Chelsea Community Foundation is guided by an advisory committee of civic leaders who live or work in Chelsea. They are responsible for fund development efforts and serve as advisors for the grant applications that are submitted.
Peter M. Feeney, Chair
Anne Merkel, Vice Chair
Matthew A. Doan
John F. Dunn
Howard S. Holmes II
Willard H. Johnson
Anne E. Mann
David M. Schaible
Warren J. Widmayer
The City of Chelsea received $25,000 in 2015 as the fiscal sponsor for the Chelsea Area Historical Society, to enhance historical education programming by creating signage and professional-quality exhibits.
The Purple Rose Theater Company received $17,825 in 2014 to support its 25th Anniversary Script Preview Tour, a new play development partnership at five venues throughout southeast Michigan.
The Fair Food Network received $7,000 in 2013 to support the expansion in Chelsea of the Double Up Food Bucks program, created to give Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program recipients greater access to local, fresh, healthy food choices at farmer’s markets.
St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (Trinity Health-Michigan) received $8,015 in 2011 to support SRSLY Coalition facilitator training for a youth substance abuse prevention program in Chelsea.
Other grants made by the Chelsea Community Foundation include:
Purple Rose Theatre Company: $10,000 support for a community engagement plan and related activities focused on diversifying program audiences.
St. Louis Center: $25,000 support for the expansion of health and wellness programming for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: $10,000 over two years for a music performance, education and outreach program throughout the Chelsea community.
Fair Food Network: $15,000 support over three years to expand the Double Up Food Bucks healthy food incentive program in Chelsea.
Lyndon Township: $25,000 support for the Potawatomi Mountain Biking Association to create a sustainable mountain biking trail system in the Waterloo State Recreation Area (now known at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail).
Anne Mann Chelsea Community Foundation Committee Member
"Chelsea is fortunate to have a community foundation. The Chelsea Community Foundation exists to inspire, pool and steward local philanthropy to address our community’s most pressing needs."
The Chelsea Community Foundation awards grants of varying sizes that strengthen Chelsea and benefit its residents. Grant awards typically range from $5,000 to $25,000.
The Foundation will make grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, government entities, school districts and universities that provide programs that serve the area defined by the Chelsea School District. Organizations must have an independent certified financial audit. We do not make grants to individuals, sectarian religious programs, or to cover deficits or other previously incurred obligations.
The Chelsea Community Foundation has two grant cycles each year:
Steps in applying to the Chelsea Community Foundation are as follows:
The grantmaking priorities for the Chelsea Community Foundation are aligned with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s grantmaking guidelines in terms of general content and supporting material for a grant application. Where there is a contradiction between the grantmaking guidelines and the information provided above (i.e. deadlines and grant award amounts), the information above takes precedence.
After reviewing these guidelines, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Community Foundation to discuss a proposed project before submitting a proposal. Organizations can call 734.475.9891 and ask to speak to Surabhi Pandit, who is the program officer for the Chelsea Community Foundation. She is available to discuss ideas and answer questions about the grantmaking process.
Whether or not you decide to proceed with an application, we welcome the opportunity to learn more from you about the issues and opportunities in Chelsea as you see them.
Once you’ve reviewed the grantmaking guidelines and spoken with Surabhi, it’s time to start your grant application.
You can return to your application at any time via the link below.
The Chelsea Community Foundation provides a unique way for individuals to perpetuate their charitable interests and strengthen the Chelsea community.
Together, the Chelsea Community Foundation and its donors are creating community capital — a permanent and growing charitable endowment that, through a wide variety of grants and programs, helps the region deal with today’s needs and prepare for tomorrow’s challenges.
Donors may direct their gifts to the Chelsea Community Foundation Fund, which is overseen by the Chelsea Advisory Committee.
Your gift will help strengthen the endowment that provides a permanent source of annual support to fund the most pressing needs of the community today and into the future.
In addition to the Chelsea Community Foundation Fund, the following named funds have been established by individuals, families and businesses in Chelsea to benefit the Chelsea Community Foundation:
The Chelsea Community Foundation Fund is the general endowment for the Chelsea Community Foundation. Established in 1995, the fund supports and promotes educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable purposes, primarily in and for the residents of the Chelsea community.
The Chelsea Lumber Company Fund was established in 2015 to provide ongoing support to charitable organizations and activities that benefit the residents of Chelsea.
The Chelsea State Bank Community Enrichment Fund, created in 1997 by Chelsea State Bank, supports charitable organizations and activities that benefit the residents of the Chelsea community.
The Jeff and Kathleen Daniels Fund was established in 1997 to provide ongoing support to charitable organizations and activities that benefit the residents of the Chelsea community.
The Robert and Marjorie Daniels Fund, established by Robert and Marjorie Daniels in 1999, supports and promotes educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable activities, primarily in and for the residents of Chelsea.
The Robert L. Daniels Scholarship Fund was established by the Chelsea Community Foundation Advisory Committee in 2012 as a tribute to the memory of Robert (Bob) Daniels, a founding member of the Chelsea Community Foundation. This fund provides educational scholarship support to graduates of Chelsea High School who are interested in pursuing postsecondary education in the building trades or building technology.
The Doan Family Fund for Chelsea was established by Mr. and Mrs. Dennis D. Doan in 2007 to support educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable organizations and activities benefiting the residents of Chelsea.
The Michael and Ann Feeney Fund was established in 1998 to support charitable needs in the Chelsea community.
The Dudley K. and Dawn C. Holmes Jr. Fund, established in 1997, supports charitable organizations and activities that benefit the residents of Chelsea.
The Willard Johnson Family Fund for Chelsea was established by Mr. Willard H. Johnson in 2015 to support educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable organizations and activities benefiting the residents of Chelsea.
The Mary Beth Koeze Fund. Ms. Koeze converted her donor advised fund to a permanent endowment that promotes educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable endeavors benefiting Chelsea-area residents.
The M.P.S. Fund, established by Shirley A. and Paul G. Schaible in 1996, supports charitable organizations and activities throughout the Chelsea community.
The George L. Palmer Scholarship Fund, founded by Donna A. Palmer in 2008, is a memorial Fund that provides scholarships to graduates of Chelsea High School who are entering programs for trade or vocational studies, or pursuing associate degrees.
The Brewster E. and Emily C. Peabody Fund, founded in 1997 by the estate of Emily C. Peabody, provides scholarships, known as the Brewster Earl Peabody Scholarship Awards, to graduating seniors of Chelsea High School.
The Weiser Family Fund for Children was established in 2005 by Ronald and Eileen Weiser to support and promote educational, scientific, literary, cultural and charitable pursuits benefiting the Chelsea community.
The Community Foundation can accept gifts of almost any kind, including:
You can give online using our online giving platform.
Don’t want to give online? Give by check, cash, securities or wire transfer.
Please make your check payable to the “Chelsea Community Foundation” and mail it to:
The Chelsea Community Foundation
P.O. Box 83
Chelsea, MI 48118
If the check is to be credited to a particular named fund at the Community Foundation, please write the name of the fund on the memo line of the check or, as an alternative, attach the check to a letter indicating into which fund it should be deposited.
Checks for memorial gifts should indicate the name of the person being remembered on the memo line of the check and, if known, the name of the particular fund in which the memorial gift should be deposited.
For assistance with how to give gifts of cash, marketable securities or wire transfer, please review our Procedures for Making a Gift of Cash or Stock document.
Donors who wish to create a legacy and provide ongoing support for the Chelsea community may elect to establish a permanent endowment fund that will provide a source of financial support to benefit charitable organizations for generations to come.
Donors may also set up a fund to support local Chelsea organizations or fields-of-interest. A minimum contribution of $10,000 is required to name a fund.
Donors may also support the Chelsea community for generations to come by making a commitment to support the Chelsea Community Foundation through a bequest or a deferred-gift arrangement.
Your gift will help to ensure the long-term growth of needed resources to support future needs of the local community. The Community Foundation offers a variety of investment opportunities for donors interested in planned gifts, and has the expertise to help individuals and their professional advisors with even the most complex charitable estate-planning questions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:
Senior Program Officer
313.961.6675, ext. 123
Contact Surabhi if you have grant-related questions.
313.961.6675, ext. 118
Contact Randy if you have donor-related questions.