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.

Who May Apply

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:

  • If the proposal is submitted prior to February 15, a response will be received in June.
  • If the proposal is submitted prior to August 15, a response will be received in December.

How to Apply

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.

Review the Grantmaking Guidelines

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.

Start an Application

Questions? Feel free to contact

Surabhi Pandit
Senior Program

313.961.6675, ext. 134