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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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Feb 20 SoupGrant Winner

We would like to congratulate Mid-Mitten Homemade on winning our February SoupGrant!

With around 40 attendees, we had our largest crowd ever, raising a total of $157 to go towards lawyer fees for Mid-Mitten Homemade as they try to acquire 501c status.

Danielle from Mid-Mitten Homemade
Danielle from Mid-Mitten Homemade

Advent House and Grammies Goodies made it a very close contest. We’re very pleased to announce that Grammies Goodies will be back in March at our next SoupGrant! (And we’re hoping for more goodies, too! They were delicious!)

If you can’t wait that long for more delicious treats, go check out the Bath Township Farmers Market – where you can find Grammies Goodies every Thursday from 3-6. During the winter the market is at the Bath Township Community Center off Park Lake Road.

The SGL team will be meeting this Tuesday to make final decisions on the 10 final contestants in our logo makeover – it’s going to be a tough call! We’ve gotten so many good submissions and we’re excited to share them with you. Be on the lookout. You’ll see them here beginning March 3.

Feb 20 Presenters

We have three presenters lined up for Feb 20 #SoupGrant!

1. First up is Mid-Mitten Homemade, a new organization “that provides food skills and knowledge through hands-on practice.” MMH aims to bring knowledge and skills to the community through hands-on classes and by bringing talented people in to share their expertise.

How will MMH use the money if they win?

MMH provided us four goals they hope to achieve:

-Complete 501c non-profit status and begin hands-on cooking classes.
-Work with refuge services to help hone skills to share with the community.
-Work with immigrants to help bring their skills to Mid-Michigan.
-Begin a scholarship program for those unable to afford class fees.

2. Advent House, a long-time staple in the Lansing community, offers assistance for those wrestling with homelessness and poverty by providing “food, shelter, education, and employment assistance.”

How will Advent House use the money if they win?

If AH wins the micro-grant, they will use the money to support an Easter Holiday Celebration. More specifically, the money will go towards “food, crafts, and prizes… for our children’s programming offered on weekends during our Weekend Day Shelter Program.” The Weekend Day Shelter Program is one-of-a-kind in the Lansing area, since they are the only organization to offer three meals a day and “a safe place for at-risk individuals and families” every single weekend throughout the year.

3. Grammies Goodies is a regular over at Bath Township Farmers Market since August of 2013! This Grammie to seven – soon to be eight, we’re told – bakes bread, cakes, cookies, pies, sweet breads and more! While she has been doing this on the side for a while, Linette (aka Grammie), would like to go into baking full-time and open her own bakery/restaurant!

How will Grammies Goodies use the money if they win?

Grammie says, “The money will be used for equipment like pans, mixer bowls and beaters, plus the rental of a licensed kitchen.” As already mentioned, Grammie hopes to open her own bakery where she will serve sandwiches made on homemade bread, soups in homemade bread bowls and, of course, homemade desserts.

That’s just a preview! You’ll be sure to hear a lot more from our presenters next Thursday, Feb. 20, so join us at Grace Lutheran ELCA 6.30 – 8.30!

$5 donation at the door to go towards the micro-grant. Bring your own bowl & spoon! And, while you’re at it, bring a friend!

See you next week, Lansing!

Tonight, Everybody Wins

What a night!

We had our closest ever vote tonight. Bath Township Farmers Market won by a single vote! Congratulations to Christian and the Bath Township Farmers Market on taking home $65 to help promote the farmers market in the GL Community! We’re looking forward to hearing more from you in the coming months.

Never been to Bath Township Farmers Market? It’s just off Webster Road at the Bath Township Community Center near I-69 during the winter months. Their winter hours are every Thursday from 3 – 6. Go check them out!

Bath Township Farmers Market

We’re also very happy to let you know that, even though Rothman and Joel’s idea for a homeless backpack kit didn’t win, everyone was very enthusiastic about it at tonight’s SoupGrant and Rothman and Joel decided to go forward with the idea. Rather than using the grant money to purchase supplies, they will be putting the kits together off of donations! Cinda, one of tonight’s attendees, already pledged plenty of granola bars. Check out the video for more info about the project.

Homeless Backpack Kit

Do you have anything you can donate? Here’s an (incomplete) list of things needed for the kits:

  • An old backpack you don’t need
  • Food supplies like peanut butter
  • Cereal bars
  • Tuna salad
  • Saltines
  • Fruit cups
  • Apple sauce
  • Fruit juice
  • Bottled water
  • Mittens
  • Scarf
  • Soap
  • Comb
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries

Whatever you can spare, bring it to next month’s SoupGrant on Feb. 20!

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who made it out tonight. Thank you for braving the snow and, more importantly, thank you for your tremendous enthusiasm and support. The greatest thing about SoupGrant is bringing folks together who all love Lansing and all care about our community.

Can’t wait to see everyone next month!