The Chelsea Thrives Partnership is offering mini-grants to anyone who has a great idea for a positive activity or event for youth in Chelsea.  Mini-grants are available to individuals that are organizing programs that serve five or more youth.  Mini-grants are available to:

  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Organizations
  • Schools

Winners will be scored and selected based on impact and overall plan. Winners will receive between $250 – $2,000. The application will be available for download at, available to complete online at, and copies will be made available at the Chelsea Public Library and The Neighborhood Developers.  Applications must be submitted electronically through our site or via email to

The vision of the Chelsea Thrives Partnership is that middle school and high school age youth in Chelsea will have access to an array of fun, positive and enriching experiences within the city that support them to be safe, successful and thriving. 

The purpose for this Mini-Grant Program is to support organizations, schools, neighborhood groups and others to increase the number of youth engaged in activities by removing financial barriers for participation in existing, engaging hard to reach young people and/or supporting the creation of new programming and activities.  Examples of projects that will be funded could include youth field trips, arts programming, youth groups, sports activities, etc.


Mini-grant applications will be accepted three times per year.  Winners will be determined by a selection committee.  Applicants should engage at least five young people in Chelsea.  Each application must include a detailed description of how funds will be used and a budget detailing how the grant will be spent.  Grantees will be required to submit a program report (including attendance records and Chelsea residency) and a financial report (including receipts).   There will be public information sessions held for all interested applicants. Grants will not be considered unless the application are complete. 


Applications are due by Friday September 8th at 11:59 pm

Public Information Sessions will be held on Tuesday, August 8th 6-7pm and Friday, August 11th 12–1pm at Chelsea Public Library. 

Also, there will be a Grant Draft Review Session on Tuesday, August 22nd 6-7pm at the Chelsea Public Library.  To RSVP or for more information about this review session please email no later than Wednesday, August 16th at 11:59pm.

All Applications must be submitted electronically via email to

You can expect to hear back from us by September 22nd.  Grantees will be notified via email. 


  • Up to $8800 in grants will be awarded in total.
  • You may apply for any amount between $250 and $2,000.  However most projects will be funded only up to $1,000.  If necessary, the review committee may propose changes to the amount.
  • The review committee will consider the total amount requested, feasibility of the project and overall level of community impact.  The committee will try to fund as many proposals as possible.


The mini-grant applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Level of impact (School/City/Neighborhood/Population Sub-Group)
  • Does the proposed project increase the number of youth programs in Chelsea or number of youth engaged in programming?
  • How will the proposed project engage hard to reach youth?
  • Does the applicant show they are able to carry out the proposal?
  •  Is the budget reasonable?

For more information about how your proposal will be scored, see the rubric at the end of the application.


Your program needs to conclude no later than Friday, January 31st, 2018.  You will be required to complete a one-page narrative report and financial documentation a month after the completion of your program.


Name *
Your neighborhood, school or community affiliation.
Project Narrative