Impact you can see.

Our grantees are changing lives throughout the Chelsea Community.

From early childhood education to health and wellness for our more vulnerable citizens, the Chelsea Community Foundation is dedicated to supporting and enhancing the quality of life in the community.

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The double up food bucks program has been invaluable to our family of five. We plan our weekly shopping around the Chelsea Farmers Market, and are able to maximize our produce purchases while supporting the farmers in our own community.  It’s win win. The system is easy to use, even off season when ordering through the online market. We were able to purchase enough strawberries to eat, and put up jams and frozen berries for the winter…the DUFB supports us year round and we are grateful!


Chelsea Resident


  • Barn Sanctuary: $17,000 to purchase a Mobility Rideabout Golf Cart to expand access to the Barn Sanctuary grounds for anyone with mobility challenges.
  • Chelsea Area Historical Society: $11,500 to undertake projects that preserve the museum building and provide various mechanical safeguards to ensure the collections are safe and maintained in a proper environment for long-term preservation.
  • Chelsea Area Pickleball Association: $25,000 to build six new permanent outdoor pickleball courts within TimberTown Park that will be open to the community.
  • Chelsea Chamber Players: $15,000 for the premiere of a locally composed work for choir and full orchestra during the Hometown Holiday Weekend – December, 2023.
  • Huron Waterloo Pathways Initiative: $25,000 for improvements at Timber Town Park to connect Chelsea residents to the Border To Border Trail.
  • St. Louis Center: $10,000 will provide partial funding for monthly events centered around cultural diversity and provide community members, residents, and staff opportunities to learn about the different cultures represented in the Chelsea Community.
  • Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express (WAVE): $25,000 for expanded shuttle service between Stockbridge, Manchester and in the future Grass Lake.




Support for unusual operating expenses related to COVID-19 response:


  • City of Chelsea: grant of $23,500 to support facility expansion for the Chelsea Area Historical Society
  • Trinity Health: grant of $25,000 to support building pathways around St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital to increase connectivity and improve safety for residents


  • Chelsea District Library: grant of $10,000 to the Chelsea District Library for support of a three-day artist residency with writer Luis Rodriguez
  • UMRC Foundation: grant of $15,000 to the UMRC Foundation for support of an arts engagement and instruction program for older adults


  • 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


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


  • Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra: $10,000 over two years for a music performance, education and outreach program throughout the Chelsea community.
  • 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.
  • 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: $5,000
    • The Purple Rose Theatre Company: $5,000
    • St. Louis Center: $5,000
    • Silver Maples of Chelsea: $2,500
    • UMRC Foundation: $2,500