Chelsea Community Fund

The Chelsea Community Fund provides small grants to Chelsea neighborhood coalitions, organizations, and advocacy groups.


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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.
The Fund principally makes grants to charitable, educational and other tax-exempt organizations which serve Chelsea residents, with a preference for Chelsea-based organizations.


The next deadline for the Chelsea Community Fund is 5 PM on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018

Full Guildelines & Application Instructions 


  • Chelsea Community Fund: Winter 2017-2018 Grant Guidelines Available

    Guidelines for Winter 2017-2018 grant making through the Chelsea Community Fund are now available and applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm Tuesday, February 20, 2018.

  • Chelsea Community Fund Announces Fall - Winter Grant Making Cycle

    CCF will entertain proposals from all organizations and entities but will evaluate a request based on 1) whether the project to be funded will meet an urgent or unfilled need; 2) the financial need of the project (and in relation to an organization's budget); and 3) the community impact of the project or program including the size and longevity of the program and long term impact or potential for sustainability of the effort. To download the guidelines, please click here: /sites/default/files/community_fund_guidelines_fall_2015_-_winter_2016_with_sample_budget.pdf

  • Chelsea Community Fund Announces Fall - Winter Grant Making Decisions

    The Chelsea Community Fund recently announced its Fall/Winter 2015 Grantees: 1. Chelsea Artist Collaborative – Charcoll $2,000 2. Chelsea Community Connections $3,000 3. Chelsea Council on Elder Affairs $2,000 4. Chelsea Girls Scouts $2,000 5. Chelsea High School Summer Reading Committee $3,500 6. Chelsea Hunger Network $3,500 7. Chelsea Public Schools Music Department $3,500 8. Theater Zone $2,000

  • Chelsea Community Fund Announces Fall/Winter Grant Making Cycle

    The Chelsea Community Fund has announced the application deadline for 2014-2015 grants is Friday, November 21, 2014 by 1pm (the Collaborative closes on Fridays at 1pm) for charitable, educational, and other tax-exempt organizations that benefit Chelsea youth and families, promote education and civic engagement, improve quality of life, provide basic and unfulfilled needs, promotes equity and diversity in Chelsea and will have a lasting impact on the community. For the 2014-2015 grant making cycle, the Community Fund will make grants of up to $5,000 that will contribute significantly to reaching a project's objectives and otherwise play a key role in solving a community problem or provide a needed service to Chelsea people. Applicants who have had three past continuous years of Community Fund support are ineligible. Please not that the CCF application has been changed and will require more information, please be sure to pay close attention to the requirements. If you have already submitted a proposal prior to the release of the attached document, you will have to resubmit your proposals with the requested information. Completed applications must be postmarked by or submitted directly to the Collaborative in electronic form to: By 1:00pm no later than Friday, November 21, 2014 or delivered before 1:00 PM on that date to Chelsea Community Fund, 318 Broadway, Chelsea, Ma 02150 Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact. Click subject line to see link for application guidelines.

  • Chelsea Collaborative Fiscal Year 2014 Annual Report Available!

    The Chelsea Collaborative's Annual Report highlighting accomplishments from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 is available now.

  • Chelsea Collaborative's Strategic Plan is Underway

    The Chelsea Collaborative board, staff and members participated in Strategic Planning sessions from January to April. The Popular Education Consultants, Isabel Vinent, Ph.D, Reca Fernandez, Ph.D, and Dawn Adolfson, BA lead the Collaborative through an in depth review of strengths, assets and areas for improvements. More than 125 people participated in the strategic planning sessions and conversations from January to April 2014. The 5 Year Strategic Plan outlines ways for the Collaborative to have an even stronger presence in the community of Chelsea and beyond. The plan itself will be completed in the coming weeks and an executive summary will be available for the public by July 1st. The 5 Year Strategic Plan outlines ways for the Collaborative to have an even stronger presence in the community of Chelsea and beyond. The plan itself will be completed in the coming weeks and an executive summary will be available for the public by July 1st.