SOUP initiative coming to Wells in April

Mar 14, 2016

SCF Chief Executive Justin Sargent will be part of an exciting new micro-granting initiative launching in Wells on Saturday the 16th April called Wells SOUP. Wells SOUP follows a model established in Detroit in 2010 and one that has been repeated in many other places since to support projects benefitting local communities.

At the Wells SOUP event (in Seager Hall on Union Street from 1-2pm) you can pay £5 for a delicious soup, a roll, a drink and the chance to vote on the outcome.  There will be four presentations on projects which could range from charities, culture, regeneration, community, social justice, social enterprise, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea, and will then face questions from the audience.

After the presentations, audience members are encouraged to discuss and debate before voting on the project that they feel will benefit Wells the most. Whichever presenter gets the most votes wins half the money collected at the door to get their idea off the ground, and the runners-up get 30 or 20 per cent of the money raised. The prize money won at 16 April’s event will be match-funded by Somerset Community Foundation.

If you look after a project and would like to represent it at the first Wells SOUP, we are pleased to say the organisers are putting out an open call for projects from right across the city.  This call is open to all charities, not for profit organisations, Community Interest Companies, social enterprises and individuals, providing any money raised is spent in Wells or the immediate surrounding area.

You just need to provide a summary of your project, what it is going to cost and what the outcomes are likely to be. Faith groups can apply for community projects but not to promote their beliefs. You can apply to present at Wells SOUP through the online form here or find out more about the initiative hereThe closing date is the 3rd April, 2016 and Justin Sargent  will select the four groups who will take part in the first SOUP on 16th April.

Wells SOUP is supported by Somerset Community Foundation, Waitrose, Wells Blue School, Wells Food Festival, Sustainable Wells, Somerset Local Food Direct and the RSA.

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