Applications are now open for the Chelsea Food Business Grant Program

Funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Community Funding Allocation, the City of Chelsea is launching Chelsea Neighborhood Market as part of a multidimensional strategy to increase economic opportunities for food businesses, strengthen partnerships with Chelsea-based food distributors, and improve food security. 

Chelsea Neighborhood Market will offer a central location for local vendors to sell foods and ingredients, including but not limited to fresh and dried produce, meat, fish, dairy, oils, and spices. The Market will be open to the public, near residential neighborhoods, and within walking distance of public transportation. The Market site will comply with all applicable local, state, and federal health and safety requirements and generally acceptable quality standards. 

Food Business Grant Program
This grant opportunity is open to Chelsea-based food businesses and first-time entrepreneurs interested in becoming vendors at the Chelsea Neighborhood Market in 2024. Eligible applicants may qualify for funding if they are Chelsea residents, currently operate or plan to operate a Chelsea-based food business, and commit to becoming a vendor at Chelsea Neighborhood Market for three (3) months.

How to apply: Online at or in-person at Chelsea City Hall, Room 101. APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED ON A ROLLING BASIS UNTIL FUNDING IS EXPENDED. 

For additional information about the grant, please call 311 (617-466-4209) or email Anna Bury (

Chelsea Food Business Grant Program Guidelines (PDF) 
Chelsea Food Business FY24 Application (PDF)
Guía para el Programa de Subvención para el Mercado de Barrio y Negocios de Alimentos (PDF)
Solicitud para la Subvención para el Mercado de Barrio y Negocios de Alimentos de Chelsea para FY24 (PDF)