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Congrats to Edgewood Village, and logo redesign winner Kaylee Foster

We had our biggest crowd ever on Thursday night! We filled the basement of Grace Lutheran up to capacity – and apparently the parking lot, too!

(Apologies to the folks trying to attend choir practice – we’ll try to be more conscientious in the future!)

At the last minute, Grammie’s Goodies was forced to drop out of the micro-grant competition because of sickness, but we had another great proposal come forward from Tali at NorthWest Initiative for Global Youth Service Day. Here’s a snippet to give you a small idea of her proposal:

To celebrate the Global Youth Service Day, NorthWest Initiative will be hosting a day of cleanup and beautification for our school and community gardens. We have recruited over 30 youth, ages 12-25, along with some adults, to volunteer their time and efforts into ensuring we have a successful year of gardening! Activities will include weeding, constructing raised beds out of cinderblocks, painting signs, painting cinderblocks, constructing compost bins, and more.

Tali went up against Edgewood Village of East Lansing, a low-income senior housing center, which was asking for money to help take their residents on day trips in the Lansing area to events like Michigan State sporting events.

Edgewood Village came out the winner after the vote and got to take home a grant of $259! We’re looking forward to hearing back from Heather about how the money gets used – and to hear how the residents at Edgewood enjoy their outings around town!

We also had voting on our logo redesign contest! Our 10 finalists went up against one another in the first round of voting with submissions from Spencer DuMond of Holt, Sarah Snyder of Lansing, and Kaylee Foster of East Lansing taking the top three places.

The second round of voting was extremely close; Kaylee pulled off a very narrow victory over Spencer. As the winner, Kaylee took home $150 – about half the money we were able to raise with our Indiegogo campaign!

New Logo

We’ve said it a few times now, but we are extremely grateful to all of our contestants for submitting, and sharing their work with all of us. We wish each of you the best going forward and hope to have you back at SoupGrant in the future!

Our next SoupGrant is coming up on April 24 – a week later than usual because of Easter and activities already planned at Grace Lutheran Church. Once May rolls around, we’ll be back to meeting on the third Thursday of the month!

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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!