SOUPER new way to support community projects
A brand new event launches in Plymouth next month, designed to create instant grants to help good ideas and projects across the city get off the ground.
Taking place at Devonport Guildhall at 7pm on Thursday 12th November, this event is Plymouth’s take on the now legendary Detroit SOUP, and will be the city’s first ever micro-granting dinner where people will come together for an evening of food, fun and entertainment and the chance to vote for their favourite idea to walk away with the donations from the door.
People coming along to Devonport SOUP will be asked to make a £5 donation at the door, which will give them soup, salad, bread and a vote. During the evening four people will pitch their idea to the audience, who will then vote for their favourite. The presenter with the most votes receives all the donations made on the evening to use to get their idea off the ground.
Devonport SOUP will be run by Devonport Live, in partnership with RIO and with support from the RSA South West, along with a number of community and voluntary sector organisations in the city.
Clint Jones, Development Manager for Devonport Community First Partnership said: “What I love about the SOUP concept is that it is not just about funding projects – it’s about bringing people together and making connections and doing something fantastic for your neighbourhood. SOUP is a brilliant way to redevelop, reorganise and reimagine where you live – the projects that get funded are up to you!”
Ed Whitelaw, from RIO and the RSA South West Chair said, “At the RSA we’re interested in social change and we’re always keen to find ways of supporting the work of our Fellows such as Clint.”
Projects can be anything from art installations to filling a pothole to starting an exciting new business. If you have an idea that you think will change your neighbourhood, or the wider city, for the better, and you’d like to be in with the chance of presenting at the first ever Devonport SOUP just to go www.devonportsoup.org and submit your idea. Deadline for submissions is Friday 30th October with shortlisted projects being informed by Friday November 6th.
Devonport SOUP, Plymouth’s first ever micro-granting dinner, takes place on Thursday 12th November 2015, from 7pm at Devonport Guildhall. To submit an idea to present, or to register for tickets visit www.devonportsoup.org.