Chelsea Community Foundation Awards more than $1M since Founding

February 2, 2014

Cheslea Senior Citizens Activities Center, Purple Rose Theater and Chelsea Library Partnership most recent to receive Grants

CHELSEA, Mich.—The Chelsea Community Foundation, an affiliate of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, marked an important milestone in 2013 when it exceeded $1 million in cumulative grants to Chelsea-area nonprofits since its founding in 1995. The Chelsea Community Foundation is a permanent community endowment established with the donations of individuals and businesses to enhance the quality of life in the Chelsea, Michigan, community.

The most recent cycle of grants was awarded in December 2013. A grant of $24,500 was made to the Chelsea Senior Citizens Activities Center to support a volunteer-based system to help senior citizens in Chelsea maintain their independence. A second grant of more than $16,000 went to the Purple Rose Theatre Company to support the continuation of a new play development partnership with the Chelsea District Library, an award-winning regional library. The program commissions plays from Midwestern playwrights and involves the community in staged readings and workshops.

The Chelsea Community Foundation, which will celebrate 20 years of service to the community in 2015, offers a unique avenue for individuals to pursue their charitable interests. As stewards of charitable giving in the Chelsea area, the Community Foundation offers advice and guidance about philanthropy and makes connections to nonprofits that are doing effective work in the community.

“We work with donors at all levels to fulfill their charitable goals,” said Peter M. Feeney, chair of the Chelsea Community Foundation advisory committee. “As a permanent endowment, we’re here forever. We are able to make grants that positively impact the residents of Chelsea due to the generosity of many people in our community. We look forward to granting out our next million dollars in the years to come.”

One of the earliest and most significant community donors to the Community Foundation’s endowment was the Chelsea State Bank. To celebrate the Bank’s centennial in 1997, they made a gift of $250,000 to the Chelsea Community Foundation, effectively launching the Foundation and providing important momentum that encouraged other charitable individuals and organizations to become involved.

“It was a big commitment of resources for the Chelsea State Bank, but it has proven to be an excellent investment in the well being of our community,” said bank CEO John K. Mann. “We are successful because Chelsea is a strong and healthy community, and the Foundation is a vehicle for ensuring our support for the residents of Chelsea now and far into the future.”

The Chelsea Community Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations working in diverse areas, including the arts, health and human services, education, conservation and recreation. To learn more about the impact of these investments, and how you can apply for a grant or make a donation, please visit

The Chelsea Community Foundation is a permanent charitable endowment fund that provides an ongoing source of revenue for qualified and needed programs and activities in the Chelsea community. Founded in December 1995, the Chelsea Community Foundation has a permanent charitable endowment of more than $1.9 million and has awarded more than $1 million in grants to organizations working to improve the quality of life in Chelsea and surrounding communities. The Chelsea Community Foundation is an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $598 million through more than 47,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. 


For more information, contact Karen Goldbaum at 313.961.6675