The Chelsea Community Foundation provides grants to organizations in the area that serve the Chelsea community and provide benefits to residents. To-date, $1.25 million has been awarded to local nonprofits to address emerging community needs and opportunities.

Grants made by the Chelsea Community Foundation include:


Chelsea School District: $5,000 support for the creation of the Alumni Arbor at Chelsea High School

City of Chelsea: $25,000 support for the design of Letts Linear Park

State of Michigan: $10,000 support for the construction of a nature play area and an accessible trail at the Eddy Discovery Center


UMRC Foundation: $25,000 support for providing UMRC staff and local caregivers with training in the “Positive Approach” program, to reduce or avoid behavioral health challenges among adults with late-stage dementia.

St. Louis Center: $25,000 support for the expansion of health and wellness programming for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


City of Chelsea: $25,000 as the fiscal sponsor for the Chelsea Area Historical Society, to enhance historical education programming by creating signage and professional-quality exhibits.

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).

  • General operating support in recognition of the foundation’s 20th anniversary was provided to:
    • Chelsea Area Historical Society: $5,000
    • Chelsea District Library: $5,000
    • Chelsea School District: $5,000
    • Chelsea Senior Center: $5,000
    • Faith in Action Inc.: $5,000
    • Purple Rose Theatre Company: $5,000
    • St. Louis Center: $5,000
    • Silver Maples of Chelsea: $2,500
    • UMRC Foundation: $2,500



  • Chelsea School District: $3,570 for public banners to promote the schools’ visual arts program and Art Extravaganza
  • Chelsea Senior Center: $24,500 to implement a volunteer-based system to support senior citizens, Chelsea Community Senior Services (C2S2)
  • Silver Maples of Chelsea, Inc: $7,111 for the Chelsea Music and Memory Project, a music program to improve the quality of life of residents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • UMRC Foundation: $10,000 for an iPad library and iPad classes for residents of the Chelsea Retirement Community
  • Chelsea School District$25,000 for a feasibility study for the development of a community center
  • Purple Rose Theater Company: $17,825 to support its 25th Anniversary Script Preview Tour, a new play development partnership at five venues throughout southeast Michigan.


  • Purple Rose Theatre Company: $16,080 for the continuation of a new play development partnership with the Chelsea District Library
  • Fair Food Network: $7,000 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.


  • Washtenaw Intermediate School District: $6,630 for the Chelsea Young Adult Program, a vocational program for students with disabilities


  • Purple Rose Theatre Company: $8,030 for the continuation of a new play development partnership with the Chelsea District Library
  • Silver Maples of Chelsea: $12,000 for the continuation of the Kaleidoscope Concert Series, a free concert series for seniors
  • St. Louis Center: $15,000 for a fitness program
  • United Methodist Retirement Communities: $3,000 for a local 5K race, Run for the Rolls, to promote Chelsea and community wellness
  • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (Trinity Health-Michigan): $8,015 to support SRSLY Coalition facilitator training for a youth substance abuse prevention program in Chelsea.



  • Chelsea Center for the Arts: $25,000 (over two years) for expansion of artistic initiatives including the artist-in-residence program, the Midwest Literary walk and song-writing workshops
  • Faith in Action: $6,275 for a community garden project
  • Legacy Land Conservancy: $25,000 for local training in conjunction with the Conservation Fund on sustainable economic development strategies
  • Michigan Nonprofit Association: $15,000 for capacity building services for nonprofit organizations located in Chelsea