PEOPLE looking for help and support with a new idea or existing project are invited to apply to present at the next Mossley SOUP event this autumn.
The crowdfunding dinner will take place on Thursday, November 2, at Emmaus Mossley in Mossley, bringing the community together to raise awareness, funds and support for new ideas and local projects.
Individuals, artists, groups, charities and businesses with a project or idea connected to Mossley can submit a proposal to present at the event.
The idea can be about anything – from wellbeing, arts or creativity to environmental, sports or new business start-up.
Attendees donate £5 in return for food, entertainment, four short project presentations and a vote. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea followed by four questions from the audience.
The project presenter to secure the most votes goes home with all the money raised at the door to carry out their project.
Paul Dowthwaite, a past presenter at Mossley SOUP, said: “First you have a one in four chance of winning a substantial sum of money. That is better odds and easier than most grant applications.
“Secondly and perhaps more importantly, win or lose, it is a great way of connecting with the community, telling people about your group and getting feedback on your project.”
The previous ten Mossley SOUP events have raised winner’s pots of between £930 and £1,720 but all projects presented have benefitted in some way. This includes increased public awareness, new volunteers, offers of materials and other financial support.
Those wanting to present their idea or project at the next Mossley SOUP will need to complete a short project proposal before Thursday, October 5. To submit a proposal online visit http://bit.ly/MossleySOUPapply
• Mossley SOUP is organised by local volunteers with support from Emmaus Mossley, The Vale and a range of local businesses. Its mission is to bring people together to make good things happen in the town.
It is based on the Detroit SOUP model of community-based development through crowdfunding, creativity, collaboration, democracy, trust and fun.
For more details visit http://bit.ly/MossleySOUP.