There are 4 questions
1. Project Summary
2. Why does this project matter to the Detroit community?
3. How will you use SOUP grant funding towards the realization of your project?
4. What is the time frame for your project, and how could you share about its progress/completion at an upcoming SOUP?

Yes please. We don’t have a resubmit button and we don’t know if you are interested in resubmitting your work in the future. If you save your answers it’s easy to submit again.

The proposal is a reflection of your ideas. All that you share is printed and handed out to others. Make it short, sweet, and to the point! Anything you submit will be used to print at the dinners. Make sure you edit, look for spelling errors, etc. We print what you submit (except for your phone number)!

No! You don’t have to be an LLC or 501(c)3. Just be you at any stage of the idea!

No. Your ideas must be about the 138 square miles of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck.

You do not have to be a resident to submit an idea. and age is just a number so please don’t limit yourself or a child! We want to hear from all!

We DO NOT email you to say that we received your application. When you hit the word “submit” a screen will prompt you that we received it.

You can submit your idea more than once! If you idea doesn’t get selected for this months soup SUBMIT AGAIN! There are often up to 20 ideas submitted a month and only 4 submissions are chosen to share at the SOUP.

While technology is helpful in many of our daily lives those involved in SOUP believe you can share your proposal without it. We do make exceptions every once in a while (like showing a movie trailer) but we highly encourage you to leave the laptop at home. You are more than welcome to bring in visuals to enhance your idea.

Think through what kind of project you are submitting. About 200 people show up each month to share ideas and resources with one another. The last few months we have had about 10-20 proposals from the community. If you don’t think you can pull together the idea, be able to implement this with the community, or be able to share (whether it succeeds or not) how the progress of the idea is coming along, than please wait a few months. We don’t like telling some groups yes and then having them drop out at the last minute. It’s a fairness thing. The idea doesn’t need to be super polished ether. The money is enough to see if your idea works. We just want to make sure that you are available to present after submitting.

We only have time for four proposals per dinner. Much more than that it is hard to have a constructive dialogue about each proposal as we are eating, as well as having short attention spans!

You can fill out the submission form here, on our Submit page.

The Sunday before the date of SOUP.

We only have 2 rules:
1. The idea must be about the 138 square miles of Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck.
2. You cannot use PowerPoint to present.

See our calendar for upcoming SOUP dates!

Detroit SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating creative projects in Detroit. For $5 you receive soup, salad, bread, and a vote. You will hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology, etc., who have four minutes to share their idea and then field four questions from the diners. We eat, connect, share resources, and vote on what project you think should win the money gathered from the night. When the night nears to a close we count the ballots and whoever has the most votes takes home the money from the door.

2900 E. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48202
There is street parking on E. Grand Blvd or on Horton Street, behind the Jam Handy.

$5 get you soup, salad, bread, and a vote. The dinner has moved to a potluck style dinner so think about bringing your favorite dish to pass.

Bringing food puts you as a diner in a position to listen and receive as you prepared something to give. There is normally anywhere between 125-200 people who attend the dinner. Make something that could feed at least 25-40 people. Double the batch, get a catering pan. Usually the food doesn’t have to cost much but it is amazing to share with others something that you enjoy.

We hope that you feel like the food is a gesture towards the experience. All money raised at the door goes to the winner of your vote! The more they receive the more they can do! In exchange for the both the food and the door money we allow you to share up to 60 seconds about something you are working on and want to share with the fellow diners. (This could be an event, a communal question like I am looking to move into ____ community anyone else live there and what is your experience like?, a club you want others to know about, etc.)

SOUP does not take reservations for the dinner. It is first come first seated.

Nope! You pay at the door!

Our dinners happen around boards converted into tables that sit low on the ground. We also have some tables with chairs, but they are limited. Feel free to bring a pillow to sit on or something more comfortable for your booty, most likely you will be on the floor.

Of course! We hope that we have created a safe environment that children feel like they can listen and participate. You don’t have to be 18 to vote in our voting booth! We hope that children who are in attendance feel like they can voice their opinion in the voting booth. We ask that as long as they can make a decision for themselves than they are more than welcome to cast their ballot.

We open the doors about 5:00 and start hearing proposals at around 6:00. The proposals last anywhere between 25-40 minutes. We eat when the proposals are finished and the diners are able to vote on what project would best benefit from the collected money. Around 8:00 voting closes, ballots are counted, we hear from a past project winner’s update and the winner is announced.

There are only two and they go for the presenters. The first is you can not use technology to present and the second is that the idea presented must benefit the 138 square miles of Detroit, Highland Park and/or Hamtramck. The rest of the dinner is completely public. Anything can happen!

You will hear a presentation no longer than 4 minutes from each grantee. The floor is then opened up to 4 questions from diners.

Click here to go to our Submit page and fill out fill out the submission form.

Of course! The dinner is public and so you are more than welcome to take photos, write about it for your local paper, video the dinner and put it online, vine, instagram, friendster, myspace, youtube, blog, vimeo, facebook, tweet, tap dance, party page it, talk about it on an AOL chat room, etc. I think you get it! If you are looking to participate be our guest!

We have the deadline a week before the dinner to ensure that the executive SOUP committee votes on the project. This is a small group of active participants who help put on the dinner. There are about 13 people who get to read the proposals and vote through the online survey collection program Survey Monkey. Whatever proposals have the most votes get the stage to share at the SOUP dinner. If you don’t make it the first time we ask that you submit again, usually every idea gets a chance eventually!

Awesome! Thank you so much for thinking about this. Please email info@detroitsoup.com and let us know what you want to do. We ask that the soup be vegan or vegetarian so that all can enjoy. Each soup/salad needs to serve about 75 people and so we ask for four volunteers each month. We hope that your soup or salad making abilities would be donated but if you would like to be reimbursed at the dinner, we can do that up to $50. Individuals, restaurants or businesses are welcome to share.

Please inform info@detroitsoup.com that you are interested in sharing. We are often looking for local artisans to share their work. Painters, sculptors, designers (interior and graphic), writers, poets, etc. are encouraged to share. We do not have a budget at this time for materials but we could talk about what that means after inquiry.

Booyah! Awesome! YES YES YES!!! Please email info@detroitsoup.com and let Amy know you have some time beforehand to lift some tables onto crates and help with set up!

Yes please! We are always accepting donations to help Detroit SOUP run it’s dinner and get more money into the hands of local projects. All money raised through paypal goes to help pay for the cost of putting on the dinner, paying local artists to share or perform at soup, pay overhead costs, etc.

No, while Detroit SOUP takes place in the Jam Handy, we do not handle their booking. For booking information please email info@thejamhandy.com. Thanks!