Chelsea Community Fund: 2017 Grant Guidelines Available
Posted on: December 5, 2016
Guidelines for 2017 grantmaking through the Chelsea Community Fund are now available and applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Priorities for funding in 2017 are proposals that identify a community problem and a strategy for addressing it consistent with the Community Fund’s “Vision of Chelsea.”
The Chelsea Community Fund was established in December 1999 as the result of a community fundraising campaign that raised more than $750,000 in contributions and pledges from approximately 100 businesses, charitable foundations, the City of Chelsea and individuals. This amount was matched by a $750,000 “challenge grant” from the Clipper Ship Foundation, resulting in an endowment of $1.5 million. The Community Fund is housed at The Boston Foundation as an “advised fund” and as such The Boston Foundation provides investment and management services. The Chelsea Community Fund Committee, a nine-member committee of community and donor representatives, reviews funding proposals and recommends grants to The Boston Foundation.
The purpose of the Chelsea Community Fund is to make grants that contribute to realizing the vision of Chelsea as a community, which is:
- Knowledgeable about its own needs
- Willing to mobilize its resources to respond to community members in need
- Working to strengthen its capacity to respond to needs
- Able to mobilize its resources by organizing and advocating for services
- Able to successfully attract external resources, and
- Able to successfully integrate external resources into its local problem solving efforts
Under this vision, which has guided the implementation of the Chelsea Collaborative’s Five-Year Human Services Plan, there is a shared sense of commitment, responsibility and recognition of mutual benefit among both the community at large and the service providing institutions and organizations.