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Columbus SOUP Grant - Social Enterprises and Makers

Opportunity for Columbus, Ohio Nonprofits to Present Projects
Addressing Social Issues at a Fundraising Event

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Community Shares of MidOhio - Columbus SOUP

Deadline Date:

07/22/19 11:59 PM


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Opportunity for Columbus, Ohio nonprofit organizations using business techniques to address social issues to present their projects at a community fundraising event. The winning organization will receive a grant from the cash donations. Funding is intended for creative projects that address society's most critical problems. Such innovations can improve and strengthen cities, and provide information that changes the system, spreads solutions, and persuades people to move in new directions. Competitive projects are those that clearly demonstrate a positive impact on Columbus and its communities. Selected applicants must attend and make a presentation at the SOUP event to be eligible.

Through quarterly community events, local organizations gain needed funding by presenting their ideas for creating positive change in Columbus. Attendees at SOUP events pay a $7 minimum donation for dinner and a vote. Cash donations are combined to create a micro-grant, and everyone at the event votes for which of the projects wins the grant. The theme for this SOUP event is Social Enterprises and Makers. Projects should promote:
- Action: Efforts to promote a better society for future generations
- Awareness: Increasing understanding of concerns and proposing solutions
- Cooperation: Creating positive relationships between groups and identifying common messages
- Training: Building skills, knowledge, and confidence
- Empowerment: Removing barriers so that people are better able to educate, influence, and benefit the community

Projects can include (but are not limited to):
- The Arts: Culinary Arts, Dance, Digital Arts, Fine Art, Film, Music, Theater, Photography, Sculpture
- Knowledge Building: Awareness Initiatives, Cultural Promotion, Education, Employment Initiatives, Nonprofit Social Enterprises
- Skills: Community Gardens, Electronics, Metal Working, Technology, Wood Working, Workshops

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 155878

Estimated Size of Grant:

A SOUP grant is a one-time gift payment made up of the night’s proceeds. The grant award amount varies based on the number of people who attend the event and the amount donated by attendees at the door.

The Summer SOUP Grant is boosted by $500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All grant applicants are urged to be either an independent tax-exempt organization or sponsored by one. However, SOUP can accept applications from organizations that do not meet these qualifications, but there may be tax liabilities incurred for the winning project or projects. For more information, please contact program staff.

Pre-Application Information:

The application window closes on July 22, 2019, 11:59 PM ET. Entries will be selected at Columbus SOUP’s discretion based on the event theme. You will receive an email notice if you are selected.

Selected applicants are highly encouraged to attend a SOUP workshop, which will occur prior to the event. This workshop will help prepare SOUP applicants to present their project at the event. The workshop date and time will be announced to selected applicants after they are selected.

SOUP events are quarterly, roughly corresponding to seasons. The next SOUP event will be held on Sunday, August 11, 2019, 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at:
96 Gender Road
Canal Winchester, OH 43110

All attendees must RSVP before the event.

Selected applicants must attend and make a presentation at the SOUP event to be eligible. If selected, please be prepared to:
- Discuss your project for 5 minutes during the SOUP event, clearly describing how you would use the grant funds.
- Present a clear timeline for implementation and completion of the project.
- Share progress of your project at a future SOUP, if you win the SOUP grant.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Columbus