UM SOUP: Opportunity to be both full and fulfilled

Recipe: Tomatoes, beans, cilantro, and some CREATIVE community innovation

Funding awesome local projects has never been so tasty.
Only one day remains to submit your ideas for creative, community-based projects to UM Soup.  

What is UM Soup you ask?  SOUP is a monthly, community dinner that makes micro grants for local projects… projects that often would never have any other means to get off the ground.  SOUP is a national movement, with groups popping up all over the country, dedicated to implementing innovative and beneficial projects in their towns.  For this month’s March 23rd SOUP meet-up, project proposals are due March 13th!

With a seed grant from Shareable Magazine, UM Program in the Environment junior Isabella Morrison is organizing UM Soup to involve students more in their community.  Isabella was inspired after she attended another nearby SOUP in Detroit.  Isabella remarks, “[...] I was inspired by the people, ideas, conversations, and community activism that brewed over soup.”  What could be a greater metaphor than eating nourishing, warm, comforting, complete-meal-in-a-bowl soup while also sharing ideas about how to nourish and nurture the communities that we live in?

For $5, A2 residents and UM students can have a fun evening learning about local projects, eating a local meal, jamming to live music, and voting on their favorite community project!

At the end of the night, the winner will receive collected funds.  Even though only one project is selected per night, that doesn’t mean that SOUP applicants and attendees do not leave empty handed: all have the opportunity to make connections and talk to potential supporters over dinner.

There are no rules for the proposals, except they are due March 13th. No proposal idea is too crazy, too big or too small.  Submit your proposal here.  

Credit: www.amysenesephotography.com

And hopefully I’ll see you at UM SOUP later this month!

Event Info:
UM SOUP – Dinner Funding Micro-Grants for Creative Projects in AA
When: March 23rd at 7pm
Where: LIVE Ann Arbor 102 1st St Ann Arbor, MI 48104

Questions and Comments? Contact Isabella Morrison at imorris@umich.edu, 248-931-2340

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