Friday, July 26, 2013

Soup's On...Again. Toledo Soup is Requesting Applications (deadline extended to August 5th)

It's been awhile since Toledo Soup has hosted an event.  The last one was a year ago.  But they are accepting applications for their microgrants once again, and the deadline is August 5th at 5 p.m. 

So what is this, exactly?  It's a chance for a group or person--either non or for-profit--to get a minigrant.  If your application is vetted and chosen, you will be invited to make your case for the money to a group of Toledoans who have paid $5 for soup, bread, and a chance to vote on one of the projects.  Whoever gets the most votes from the soup-eating audience gets whatever money was raised by the $5 fee.  This third event will be held on September 8, 2013 at the Toledo School for the Arts from 5-9 p.m.  The second winner, crowned last fall, was Art Around Town, and the first was Toledo Pedicabs.

We've written about the worldwide Soup Movement before.  It was started to provide a democratic way to give small amounts of money to worthy causes without a lot of red tape and IRS approval.  In that way, has a resemblance to the Awesome Foundation, a movement of "giving circles" around the world.  Most of the worldwide events were created to support art projects, but Toledo's event is wide-open to anyone with a great idea that could get a boost from $500 to $1000 in cash.  If you have such an idea and live in northwest Ohio, check it out. 

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