Our Fall ’16 Winners

Winter ’17 Theme: Education!

The Columbus State Conference Center
315 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus, OH, 43215
February 26, 2016
When focused, our community can be a force of change to solve complex issues and shape a stronger city. Education can be a solution to reduce poverty, drive economic growth, and transform entire neighborhoods. Education increases a person’s chances of having a healthy life and combats diseases such as HIV and AIDS. Education promotes gender equality, increases tolerance, and deepens understanding. In sum, education is one of the most important investments a community can make in its people and its future. 
We seek applicants and projects that promote:

Promoting efforts to promote a better society for future generations


Increasing understanding of concerns and propose solutions


Creating positive relationships between groups and identifying common messages


Building skills, knowledge, and confidence


Removing barriers so that people are better able to educate, influence, and benefit the community

Projects can include (but are not limited to): architecture, awareness initiatives, community building, community gardens, culinary arts, cultural promotion, dance, digital arts, education, employment initiates, fine arts, film, photography, sculpture, music, nonprofit social enterprises, theater, workshops and writing.
Applications for Winter SOUP are now being accepted. The application period will close on February 12, 2017 at 11:59pm. Selected projects will be notified on February 13, 2017.
  • Competitive projects are those that clearly demonstrate a positive impact on Columbus and our community.
  • The grant award amount varies based on the number of people who attend the event and the amount donated by attendees at the door.
  • Entries will be selected at Columbus SOUP’s discretion based on the event theme. You will receive an email notice if you are selected.
  • Selected applicants must attend and make a presentation at the SOUP event to be eligible. If selected, please be prepared to:
• Discuss your project for 5 minutes during the SOUP event, clearly describing how you would use the grant funds.
• Present a clear timeline for implementation and completion of the project.
• Share progress of your project at a future SOUP, if you win the SOUP grant.
  • Selected applicants are highly encouraged to attend a SOUP workshop which will occur prior to the event. This workshop will help prepare SOUP applicants to present their project at the event. The workshop date and time will be announced to selected applicants after February 13th.

Apply for Winter ’17 SOUP




Winter '17 SOUP Deadline Has Passed

Applications Closed!
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