October Event Stats, Next Event Info, Proposal Deadline and Upcoming Workshop

You caught us… we’re guilty for not updating our website as we should the past few months. But don’t fret! We are back, working hard, and not going anywhere.

We’re also super excited because we have a bunch updates to share!

Thank you so much for those of you who were able to attend the October SOUP event. We had our most successful SOUP yet, raising $1,278 for Soul City Boxing and Wrestling!

Our next SOUP event will be March 8th and we would love to see you there! Since we will be getting closer to St. Patty’s Day, we’re calling this one “Pot O’ Soup at the End of the Rainbow.” Roshawn Jones of the Soul City Gym will be in house to give us an update and you’ll have another opportunity to help fund a local initiative that will improve our community. How great is that? AND, of course, we’ll have plenty of tasty soup (made by three amazing local chefs) – a perfect counter to this frosty weather.

Have a great idea or project of your own? There is still time to submit a proposal for our next SOUP! The deadline for submissions is February 1st. Don’t miss out by submitting here.

The deadline is quickly approaching and we want to help make sure you’re ready! Join us for a Proposal Workshop 6pm, January 27 at the Attic on Adams where SOUP committee members will be present to answer questions, give advice, and/or give you that extra boost of confidence to submit. First timers, let us show you how simple it is to apply to win upwards of $1000 for your local project! Past submitters, try again! We can give you direction on how to strengthen your previous proposal.

Not going to submit a proposal but would like to help Toledo SOUP? We are always looking for help. Volunteer your time – let us know if you would like to help us with the upcoming event. Or if you have a local business, we’d love a donation to our raffle, which helps increase the winner’s pot. Sneak peak: soon we’ll be announcing sponsorship opportunities, too! Anyone interested can reach out to the SOUP committee through our email toledosoup@gmail.com, our website, or on Facebook.

Also, listen to 1370 WSPD Friday 1/23 @ 7:30am to hear our committee member Kelly Thompson talk to Fred LeFebvre about SOUP!

Thank you for your interest in this group and our community. We appreciate every one of you! Hope to see you March 8th. (and maybe sooner???)

Event Update: Spooky SOUP – October 26, 5pm

Our third-party panel of judges have selected *four* presenters for Sunday. They are:

1) CHILDREN’S THEATRE WORKSHOP; the group is seeking funding for their production of “The Locker Next 2 Mine,” a play that aims to open discussion, especially among youth, about suicide. Their Web site: http://childrenstheaterworkshop.org/

2) TOLEDO STREETS; the newspaper is seeking funding for vendor supplies and office needs. The vendors are homeless, or recently homeless, men and women; the office space is new. Their Web site: http://toledostreets.org/

3) SOUL CITY BOXING & WRESTLING; the anti-gang violence boxing and wrestling gym is seeking funding to purchase two computers to enhance its after-school tutoring program. Their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Soul-City-Boxing-and-Wrestling-gym/244712122234530

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday! Don’t forget to wear a costume (Best one wins a prize!)

Event takes place at 1717 Adams Street, Toledo, OH 43604

Toledo SOUP exists to fund community-minded projects, ideas and businesses with microgrants. Our next event will feature several presentations from people in YOUR city who want to make a difference.

How SOUP works:
1. Put $5 in a basket.
2. Eat soup.
3. Listen to proposals while you eat soup.
4. Vote on the proposals you listened to while eating soup.
5. Top vote-getter leaves with everyone’s $5 contribution to the basket.

Costumes are great, to go along with our Halloween theme!

Toledo SOUP: Halloween Helping – October 26th

Call for Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the fall edition of Toledo SOUP.  Proposals should focus on community-minded projects, including social causes, nonprofits, start-up businesses, and one-off art projects or urban farming projects. Proposals should be brief but descriptive in how they define both the financial needs to complete the project and the community benefit of your project being funded.

The submission deadline for this round of Toledo SOUP is Wednesday, October 1 at 11:59pm. All proposals received after that deadline will be automatically included in the next quarterly soup event (winter 2015). All submitted proposals received before the deadline will be reviewed by a panel of guest judges. These judges will select a Top 3 from the pool who will present at the SOUP meal event on October 26th. All who submit will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted or not by mid-October.

With questions, email us at ToledoSOUP@gmail.com.

Click here to submit a proposal.

Not sure what we’re looking for? Click here to view a sample proposal.


Save The Date!

The next Toledo SOUP meal event will take place on Sunday, October 26th from 4:30-7:30pm. This is the Sunday following the Zombie Bar Crawl on Adams Street. The event will be Halloween themed and will feature seasonally appropriate soups from guest chefs, a costume contest, a raffle, and an amazing opportunity to help change your community! Details coming soon.

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Save the Date for Toledo SOUP’s Summer Luau

Toledo SOUP is coconuts for community improvement. That’s why we’re hosting a summer luau event—the first themed dinner in Toledo SOUP history. We’ll provide the leis, community punch and tropical-inspired soups, while you listen to three new presenters as they share their ideas on how to make Toledo an even better place to live, work, and play. Don’t forget to wear your Hawaiian shirts and Bermuda shorts!

The event is scheduled for Sunday, June 22nd from 5-8 p.m. at the Madison Avenue Collective, located at 1600 Madison Ave. 2nd Floor in Toledo. An attendance fee/donation of $5 for adults and $1 for children 12 and under gives you a vote for your favorite presentation, and a complimentary meal of soup, salad and bread. This summer, we’re very excited to feature Andrew Ruiz from the Toledo Museum of Art as one of our celebrity chefs.

Presenters were selected by a guest panel of Toledo enthusiasts including, Bob Meeker, Peter Ujvagi, Lisa Lawrence, Kimberly Cutcher, and Paula Hicks-Hudson. The top three proposals are:

Someone I know Has Cancer (Jean Schoen)- Seeking funding to publish an educational book on cancer for children to better understand the disease and its symptoms.

FDCA Late Night Basketball (Sonya Williams)- Requesting funds for an evening basketball program for Toledo youth, ages 16-28 years old.

East Side Art Studio (Viviana Esquivel)- Hoping to fund a free art program for children in East Toledo.

We will also hear from a couple of our most recent Toledo SOUP recipients providing updates on their community-minded projects.

If you plan on attending Toledo SOUP’s Summer Luau event, please RSVP on Facebook.

Toledo SOUP is always seeking volunteers, donors, and support in the form of goods (plates, napkins, utensils). With questions, comments, media inquiries, to donate, volunteer, or to become a Toledo SOUP sponsor, just email us at ToledoSOUP@gmail.com.

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Sample Proposal for Newbies: ABC Restaurant

We know that many organizations or businesses have little or no experience submitting proposals for a monetary benefit. We’ve put together a small sample proposal, to give some guidance on the type of information we’re looking for in the responses to proposal questions. 

Sample Proposal: ABC Restaurant

Name of the contact person for this project: John Smith
Email address: Jsmith321@sample.com
Phone: (419) 555-5555
Postal Address:
123 Main St. Toledo, OH 43604

 Project Name (This should be a concise and descriptive name for your proposal. This can be your organization name and a brief description, or the name of your product/service):

ABC Restaurant: Teaching Skills and Providing Jobs

 Project Description (A brief 3-5 sentence summary of your project, as it exists now. Include the main point of your organization, product or service.) 

ABC Restaurant is a locally owned restaurant employing 40 cooks, servers, dishwashers and front-of-house staff. Our chief mission is to provide kitchen training for unskilled workers, so that they can find employment. Secondarily, ABC Restaurant creates jobs for those who are in transition between employment or housing.

How will you use SOUP grant funding ($500-1000) to make your project a reality?

The money we receive from Toledo SOUP will go primarily to the first 3 months of labor costs, as we already have the kitchen equipment and supplies.

How will your project make a positive impact on the Toledo community?

Second Chance Restaurant will not only give people in need the skills they need to get jobs, but will also create jobs for people in the community. As the residence at ABC Restaurant is limited to 180 days, there is a revolving door of opportunity.

 What is the timeframe for your project, and how could you share about its progress/completion at an upcoming SOUP?

The timeframe for hiring and training the first group of employees would take approximately 90 days. At the next SOUP, our first group of employees would be fully trained, and the restaurant would be ready for daily service to the public. Our employees could give a short presentation explaining what daily work is like in the restaurant, the response from customers, and the scope of what they’ve learned so far.

If your project requires more than $500-1000 in startup costs, how much total funding do you need? What are your other sources of funds and have you secured them?

We would not require more than $1000 for the proposed 90-day initial group. We’ve received funding from Kickstarter, private individuals, and organizations in the community with interest in this project. All funds have been secured. Were we to be awarded an excess of $1000, the money would be used to improve the conditions of our building and pay fees, such as health inspection and equipment maintenance.

Ready to submit a real proposal? Find the form here.

Toledo SOUP Seeks Ideas For Summer Event

Toledo SOUP is now accepting complete ideas for its Summer Luau event to be held Sunday, June 22, 2014 in the Mad Ave Collective, located at 1600 Madison Avenue in Uptown Toledo. Anyone in the Toledo community, as well as its surrounding suburbs, is eligible to submit a proposal.

If you have an idea for a community-minded project, or your business, non-profit, club, or organization requires monetary assistance to realize a goal, Toledo SOUP can help provide funding with microgrants up to $1000. Past presenters have discussed everything from art, music and theater workshops to after school programs, hunger initiatives and more.
All ideas that meet Toledo SOUP’s requirements will be sent to a panel of community judges for further review. The top five ideas, as agreed upon by our judges, will have the opportunity to present at the even on June 22. Grant recipients are selected through a community voting process, and funding is received at the end of the event.
Toledo SOUP’s most recent winners include Derek Bunch of New Life Urban Agriculture and Elizabeth Harris of Glass City Goat Girls. Previous Toledo SOUP winners were Maxwell Austin of Glass City Pedicabs, Genevieve Abalos of Art Around Town and Audrey Johnson of Art Around Town.
Prospective presenters have until Saturday, May 31 to submit ideas online. Toledo SOUP will accept former submissions. Please view our guidelines on re-applying and presenting. Additional information on this summer’s Hawaiian-themed Toledo SOUP event will be announced on Toledo SOUP’s Facebook page. Interested presenters, attendees and volunteers may contact us at toledosoup@gmail.com.
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Toledo SOUP- Winter 2014 Event Details

What: Toledo SOUP- Winter Event!

When: Sunday, March 9th in the Flying Pig Cafe at Toledo School for the Arts, located at 333 14th Street #4 in Uptown Toledo

Time: 5-8 p.m.

Details: You’re invited to Toledo SOUP’s Winter event celebration of crowd-funded community projects. Save the date for Sunday, March 9th when you’ll be hearing from five incredible presenters eligible for the evening’s micro-grant, plus two Honorable Mention selections (not included in the voting process).

Additionally, Maxwell Austin of Glass City Pedicabs and past Toledo SOUP grant recipient is hosting a bake sale during the SOUP event. Baked goods are needed. Please contact glasscitypedicabs@gmail.com if you are interested in donating your delectable treats. Proceeds will benefit the Winter SOUP winner.

This round of submitted proposals ranged from social service needs to art projects to urban agriculture programs, representing a diverse array of inspiring and innovative ideas and projects taking place throughout the community.

As chosen from our panel of esteemed judges, the March 9th event’s top-five presentations include:

• East Toledo Phase I/Public Art (Amber LeFever) – artist-designed and painted public fixtures (streetside trashcans and planters) to beautify Main Street on the East Side.

•Fertile Grounds Radio (Tera Johnson) – broadcast equipment for a local Internet blog radio broadcast focusing on the Toledo community.

•GlassCity Goat Girls Return (Elizabeth Harris) – an agribusiness looking to establish an urban goat farm.

•New Life Urban Agriculture (Derek Bunch) – local production of high-quality organic mushrooms.

•Sibshops (Wendy Smenner) – Workshops for kids 9-15 years who have a brother or sister with special needs.

What happens at SOUP? First, arrive at the event and donate $5 at the door ($1 for children ages 12 and under). Then, learn about the above-mentioned presenters and hear more on the cool initiatives taking place in T-Town. Next, enjoy a complimentary meal of soup, salad and bread, while you discuss with fellow community members which project deserves the micro-grant (all the donation money collected at the door). Finally, vote for your favorite project. By the end of the evening, one presenter will walk away with at least $500 to fund their idea to improve Toledo.

The fun doesn’t end after voting! Please join us for a post-SOUP after-party fundraiser at the Attic on Adams, immediately following the event. Here, you can meet the presenters, enjoy a speciality SOUP-themed cocktail, and help raise funds for the next summer SOUP event.

If you plan to attend the Winter Celebration of Toledo SOUP, please RSVP for the event on Facebook so we can get a general headcount.

Toledo SOUP is always seeking volunteers, donors, and support in the form of goods (plates, napkins, utensils). With questions, comments, media inquiries, to donate, volunteer, or to become a Toledo SOUP sponsor, please email us at ToledoSOUP@gmail.com.

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Toledo SOUP Heats Up

Toledo SOUP will hold an informational event tonight, February 6, at Manhattan’s Restaurant, from 5-7 p.m. Members of the SOUP committee will be present during that time to answer applicant questions and provide further information about proposal submission.

If you have a community-based project or idea, come on out and meet some members of the Toledo SOUP team! They’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Manhattan’s Restaurant is located at 1516 Adams St. in downtown Toledo. Can’t make it? Check out the online proposal form here.

4th Toledo SOUP Announces Open Submissions

The 4th Toledo SOUP is now accepting submissions for those interested in presenting their business idea, service or project aimed at improving Toledo and its neighboring communities. Prospective presenters have until mid-February to submit their proposals for our winter event. The 4th SOUP event will be held on March 9, 2014, with time and place TBD.

Toledo SOUP is a crowd-funding opportunity that awards micro-grants to owners of small ideas with big community impact. If you have an idea for a community project, service, or business that could benefit from a $500-$1000 microloan, Toledo SOUP can help! Past recipients include Maxwell Austin of Glass City Pedicabs, Audrey Johnson of Art Around Town, and Genevieve Abalos of Art of Hope.

Submit your Toledo SOUP idea today through our website. If you have any additional questions, just email us at toledosoup@gmail.com or visit us on Facebook.


Toledo SOUP- 3rd Course Event Details

What: Toledo SOUP- 3rd Course Event!

When: Sunday, September 8th

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Details: Toledo SOUP is back for its third course of crowd-funded community projects. Please join us on Sunday, September 8th, from 5-9 p.m. at Toledo School for the Arts, located at 333 14th Street #4 in Uptown Toledo.

You’ll hear from five new presenters, including Genevieve Abalos (The Art of Hope), Ben Cohen (The Macelwane Park Basketball Court Project), Aimee Reid (Children’s Theatre Workshop), Rachel Richardson (Art Corner Toledo) and Jamie Sampson (ADJ-ective New Music). Visit the Toledo SOUP Facebook page to learn more about these presenters. The public will decide which proposal will benefit from SOUP’s crowd-funding assistance.

So how does SOUP work? First you come to the event and donate $5 at the door ($1 for children ages 12 and under). Then eat a simple meal of soup, salad and bread while you listen to ideas for new community projects. Finally, vote for your favorite project. The top vote-getter will be awarded all the funds collected at the door.

If you plan to attend the 3rd course of Toledo SOUP, please RSVP for the event on Facebook so we can get a general headcount.

New this year, check An Afternoon With Art, An Evening With Soup. Prior to the SOUP event, Maxwell Austin of Glass City Pedicabs is hosting an art fair and bake sale from noon-5 p.m. outside of Toledo School for the Arts. For additional information, including artist inquiries, contact glasscitypedicabs@gmail.com or call 419-309-3780.

Toledo SOUP is always seeking volunteers, donors, and support in the form of goods (plates, napkins, utensils). With questions, comments, media inquiries, to donate, volunteer, or to become a Toledo SOUP sponsor, please email us at ToledoSOUP@gmail.com.

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