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Queens SOUP: Presenter Application - Due March 4, 2018 11:59 PM

On April 15, 2018, Queens residents will have the opportunity to participate in Queens SOUP, a crowdfunded micro-granting community dinner, hosted by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce (GFCC). Inspired by Detroit SOUP, the GFCC has raised over $1,800 for Queens based projects through SOUP since 2016. Think your community project may be applicable to receive funding? Read more and apply bellow!

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What is SOUP?
SOUP is a community potluck dinner, originally founded in Detroit, that provides seed funding and promotional opportunities to help launch local projects bringing positive impacts to their community. SOUP events have taken place all over the country-- increasing innovative, grassroots economic development and civic engagement.

For a $5 donation, attendees gain access to a potluck dinner where they eat, learn, and vote for one of four projects they think will have the most significant effect on their community. At the end of SOUP ballots are counted, and the money collected at the door is awarded to the project with the most votes. SOUP acts as an unique networking event, connecting projects with potential community partners and volunteers regardless of whether or not they win the cash prize.

How does Queens SOUP work?
Queens SOUP provides an opportunity for any community project based in Queens to win no-strings-attached crowdsourced funding, raised in person rather than online during a public dinner on Sunday, April 15, 2018 from 5 to 7PM. Projects can focus on arts and culture, social entrepreneurship, small business services, children's programing, neighborhood beautification, environmental remediation, and more. After the online application process, four projects will be chosen to present their proposals during Queens SOUP.

Each presenter is given five minutes to communicate their project to the audience without any digital aids (ie, PowerPoint), with additional time allowed for Q&A. Once all projects have presented, attendees get to eat, talk, share, and ultimately vote for the project they think will benefit Queens the most. At the end of the evening, the ballots are counted and all of the money collected at the door is awarded to the project with the most votes.

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Interested in sponsoring or applying to Queens SOUP?
Please contact with any questions about application criteria, matching funds, sponsorship opportunities, in-kind donations of food, volunteer opportunities, or community partnerships.
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