Birmingham SOUP

by birminghamsoup in Birmingham

Birmingham SOUP
We did it
On 25th September 2015 we successfully raised £365 with 23 supporters in 14 days

SOUP is a fully democratic micro-granting event that helps communities raise money for a project in their local area.

by birminghamsoup in Birmingham

New stretch target

We will put any additional funding in to supporting projects and making sure communities know about future SOUP events.


Project aim

SOUP is a micro-granting event that helps communities raise money for a project in their local area; the idea came from the very awesome Detroit SOUP initiative. We want to fight austerity through positive action and help create opportunities for people and their ideas in Birmingham.

WHY WE NEED HELP
All monies raised at a SOUP event goes to the project that gets the most votes - simple. However that means there is no money to run the event and to get started we need help with a few things, so here we are asking the community to help out.

About the project

The goal of Birmingham SOUP is to offer a safe space where people can gather and share a meal to encourage conversation, relationship building and resource sharing while supporting creative community projects in Birmingham. We want to be democratic, creative, sustainable and inclusive.

SOUP is a great way to raise money, build community support and get connections to local resources that can help you carry out your project.

What happens? Each event sees four project proposals presented over an evening of food, fun and music. With a suggested entrance fee of £5 supporters are encouraged to bring and share food while voting for the community project they think is the best. The project with the most votes wins the money taken on the door and leaves with the funds that evening.

What we do: SOUP gives residents the opportunity to learn about creative projects happening in Birmingham and vote on the project that they believe is the best benefit to the community. It feeds the needs of small enterprises who require help and guidance and gives them the opportunity to pitch for micro-funding, share their project ideas and network with like-minded people.

Why we do it: SOUP brings together neighbours, supports the democratic process, features local artists, acts as a platform to share resources and supports projects that benefit the community. It’s a fun space to meet people, gain knowledge, make connections and network.

Who we are: SOUP Birmingham is made up of a group of 16 volunteers who have a desire to make positive change for their local community. The group is made up of a ‘neighbourhood board’ with a mix of backgrounds and specialist areas the cross outreach, arts, project management and training.

How we will spend the money raised through crowdfunding…

SETTING UP THE EVENT…We need to buy a heater for our Soup, some bowls/plates, utensils, spoons, washing up liquid, cups, signage, voting booths, PA, table cloths, napkins - you get the idea.

SPREADING THE WORD...The purpose of SOUP is to help make community projects happen. We need to find people who are starting new community projects, reach out to them and help get them through the application process. So things like flyers, stamps, envelopes that we can use to reach out to people.*We plan to source second hand items, when and wherever possible. If you can’t donate money but you can donate any of the items listed please get in touch birminghamsoup@gmail.com

Many thanks for reading and helping to spread the word!

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£3 or more

£3 Reward

Big Love and a virtual high five: Thank you for helping to start and support a great cause.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

A SOUP recipe: A special soup recipe from the team for you to warm your kind heart in the cold months.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

A SOUP recipe and a slice of homemade cake at the first SOUP event: Join us on the 1st October* and we’ll have a slice of homemade cake with your name on it ready to eat after your SOUP supper. *Please note that if you choose a reward this does not entitle you to free entry to the event. The night is based on the project winners taking the door money on the night so ALL cash taken on the door goes to the winner. We wouldn’t want to cut in to that due to the limited capacity.

£15 or more

£15 Reward

Just because you are a kind soul and would LOVE to see a SOUP happening in BRUM!

£20 or more

4 of 10 claimed

£20 Reward

Take home a limited edition Birmingham SOUP tea towel (10 only) at our first SOUP event on 1st October along with a slice of cake and a soup recipe. *Please note that if you choose a reward this does not entitle you to free entry to the event. The night is based on the project winners taking the door money on the night so ALL cash taken on the door goes to the winner. We wouldn’t want to cut in to that due to the limited capacity.

£25 or more

1 of 4 claimed

£25 Reward

A 3 minute Sponsored platform at SOUP: Have something to say about your project, organisation or cause* then we’d love to offer you the chance to share it with our SOUP supporters on the 1st October. *Please note that if you have chosen this reward and your product of service does not fit within the values of SOUP we will refund your contribution.Alternatively we are happy to give out promo materials to all our guests on entry. There's a slice of cake in it for you too! *Please note that if you choose to sponsor the event this does not entitle you to free entry to the event. The night is based on the project winners taking the door money on the night so ALL cash taken on the door goes to the winner. We wouldn’t want to cut in to that due to the limited capacity.


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