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


  • Chelsea Athletic Boosters: In support of an outdoor training facility to be used by Chelsea student athletes - $25,000.
  • Chelsea District Library: In support of the mobile library that will increase community access to staff, technology, and services - $25,000.
  • Chelsea Education Foundation: In support of software expenses associated with ongoing donor management, including alumni - $8,856.
  • Chelsea Senior Citizens Activities Center: In support of a program to reduce the social and physical isolation that senior people experience - $24,940.


  • Chelsea Education Foundation: In suppor of donor development software to help establish an alumni database - $6,600
  • St. Louis Center: In support of emergency well drilling to provide safe and potable water for an assisted living facility and adult residence hall - $20,000


  • Chelsea Education Foundation: $10,000 support for strategic planning

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

  • Chelsea District Library: $15,000
  • UMRC Heritage Foundation: $15,000
  • Chelsea Senior Citizens Activities Center: $15,000
  • The Purple Rose Theatre Company: $15,000
  • St. Louis Center for Exceptional Children and Adults: $15,000
  • Silver Maples of Chelsea: $15,000
  • St. Joseph Mercy Chelsea Hospital (Trinity Health Michigan): $15,000
  • SRSLY Chelsea: $5,000
  • Chelsea School District: $10,000
  • Faith in Action Inc.: $15,000
  • Chelsea School District #WhyYouMatter: $5,000
  • Chelsea Area Festivals and Events: $5,000
  • Western-Washtenaw Area Value Express: $15,000


  • 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


  • 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: $5,000
    • Purple Rose Theatre Company: $5,000
    • St. Louis Center: $5,000
    • Silver Maples of Chelsea: $2,500
    • UMRC Foundation: $2,500