March 20 micro-grant contenders

We’ve got a busy month at SoupGrant. Not only will we be voting on a new logo at our March 20 dinner, we’ll also be featuring two contenders to take home a micro-grant to kickstart their respective projects.

In the past, we’ve raised money for “Little Free Libraries” (which will be coming to fruition this spring), the Bath Township Farmers’ Market, vitamins and supplements for low-income Lansing residents, and, last month, we raised $157 for Mid-Mitten Homemade.

This month we have February contestant Grammie’s Goodies returning to the competition.

Grammie’s Goodies is the brainchild of Linette of Perry, MI. Her delicious treats currently feature regularly at the Bath Township Farmers Market every Thursday afternoon and includes 10 different yeast breads as well as some tasty desserts – cakes, cookies, pies, pumpkin rolls, cinnamon rolls, etc.

Grammie’s Goodies would like to expand and so Linette plans to use the money in the following ways:

  • purchase pans
  • purchase additional mixer bowls and beaters
  • start-up cost for a website
  • purchase of a banner
  • rental cost for a licensed kitchen

Linette has always wanted to have her own business.

“I’ve grown up baking homemade goodies and wish to continue the tradition my grandmas, mom and dad have done for years.

“Should I be able to get my name out there, it is my desire to have my own business within Lansing where people can come, enjoy fresh baked goods, sandwiches made with our breads, coffee and get to know one another and possibly create new jobs.”

We also have Edgewood Village joining us for our second presentation.

Edgewood Village is a senior and low-income housing center in East Lansing. Some of their senior residents have been expressing a desire for activities outside of the Edgewood Village as part of the community’s Senior Life Enrichment Program. Currently, Edgewood is pursuing different opportunities for residents – so far they have secured tickets to sporting events at Michigan State University.

If Edgewood Village wins the micro-grant, they will use the money towards transportation costs to get residents to-and-from events.

According to the folks at Edgewood, “This project is important because it gives mobility to our senior residents and residents with disabilities.  They will be given opportunities to go to places they would not be able to go to on their own.  It also promotes community within Edgewood Village as our residents will be sharing these experiences together.”

As far as being accountable for the funding they would receive, Edgewood tells us, “Our Site Manager will be accountable for the funds  and we will be documenting and photographing the different trips we take our residents.  We will also ask for feedback from our residents on their experiences.”

We are excited to welcome back Grammie’s Goodies and have Edgewood Village join us for the first time. Come on out on the 20th to hear more from both of our presenters!

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