The Chelsea Community Foundation, awards grants of varying sizes that strengthen Chelsea and benefit its residents. General grant awards typically range from $5,000 to $25,000 and capacity building grants can range from $1,000 to $5,000.
In 2020, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan provided grants through the Chelsea Community Foundation to support COVID-19 relief efforts. Due to the uncertainty of continued impacts of COVID-19 in the months ahead, the Chelsea Community Foundation is temporarily not accepting any new grant applications. In January 2021, we will share updates on our grantmaking plan to be most responsive to community needs.
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.
- 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.
Capacity Building Grants
The Chelsea Community Foundation includes opportunities for 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the Chelsea area to apply for leadership development and capacity-building activities. 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.
- Capacity Building grants applications are accepted year-round.
- Applicants should expect up to a three-month timeline from the time of submission until a decision is received.
How to Apply
Important Note: We have a new online grants management system. If you think you will apply for a grant, you should go on the site now and register your organization. Registration only needs to happen once, but is required before you can submit an application.
Steps in applying to the Chelsea Community Foundation are as follows: