SoupGrant Lansing Needs Your Help!

So, we’ve got all these great posters from our logo makeover contest and a whole city to cover.

Can you put up one in your favorite coffee shop? At your bus stop? On your worship community’s bulletin?

Send us an e-mail or leave a comment if you would like a poster! We’ve got plenty to go around so let’s spread the word!

Our next SoupGrant is April 24! See you there!

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Our next SoupGrant is April 24

Our next SoupGrant dinner is coming up at the end of the month! Since Easter week is falling on the third week of April, we’ve pushed back SGL to April 24 to accommodate the needs of Grace Lutheran ELCA.

April PosterWould you like to present an idea in our micro-grant competition? If so, please submit an application by April 17! Want more info about what qualifies for a micro-grant? Check out some more details here!

We’ll have more details about the event as the date draws nearer including the soups we’ll be serving and presenters.

See you on the 24th!

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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!

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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!

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Voting in the SGL logo contest

Have you enjoyed the submissions to the SGL logo redesign contest?

We can’t say a big enough thank you to all of the talented designers for sharing their artwork with us and sharing our vision for the Lansing community.

Now, at long last, the time has come to pick a winner.

Voting will take place at SoupGrant – as always, the 3rd Thursday of the month – at Grace Lutheran ELCA at 6.30.

A little info on SoupGrant for the uninitiated…

The night of SoupGrant, two – three people present their community-based ideas to us while we enjoy a delicious soup dinner; after the presentations are through, we vote on our favorite.

We’ve had diverse presentations since we began in the summer of 2013: 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.

SoupGrant is powered by your donations. Your $5 donation at the door secures you a vote for the community-based project of your choice.

Together, our donations create a micro-grant which is awarded at the end of the night to the project with the most votes!

The money we award will help bring their project one step closer to reality.

Voting on a winner for the #SGL logo makeover

This month we’ll not only vote on a community project, we’ll also vote on our new logo!

If you forget your favorite entry or still haven’t made up your mind, that’s no problem. All 10 will be on display the night of the contest.

Voting will occur over two rounds. In the first round, all 10 of our contestants will compete. Then, our top three entries will go into a deciding round. Whichever comes out with the higher score after the second round will be our winner and take home the $100 prize!

On top of the $100 prize, we’re also adding $50 to the pot for any modifications we might need to request now or in the future, bringing the grand total to $150.

No matter who wins the contest, we know that we’re getting a great design!

Where’s the prize money coming from?

At the same time as we’ve been collecting submissions for our logo makeover, we’ve also had a fundraising campaign going on Indiegogo. We raised $330 to fund the prize money as well as sustain SGL through 2014 as need dictates – printing posters, gas money for volunteers, supplies to make soup, etc. Indiegogo keeps about 10 percent of the money, meaning we ended up with a little under $300.

If you’re on Facebook, please RSVP so that we have a better idea of how many people to expect!

See you on the 20th!

What? SoupGrant

When? March 20 6.30 – 8.30

Where? Grace Lutheran ELCA on MLK and Saginaw

Cost? $5

BYOB – bring your own bowl! (And spoon.)

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Mark Burkholder

Today is the day! Our final #SGL logo submission! This one comes to us from Mark Burkholder of Lansing. If you like what you’ve seen in our top 10 finalists these past two weeks, be sure to join us at SoupGrant on March 20 to vote on your favorite! We’ll be awarding $100 to the winner.

About the designer: I grew up in Lansing and attended Lansing Catholic High School. I earned a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design from South Dakota Sate University. I am currently living in Lansing and I enjoy helping people whenever I can.

Burkholder Poster Burkholder Logo

If you’d like to connect with Mark, check out his website.

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Spencer DuMond

We’re down to the final two! Check out today’s submission from Spencer DuMond of Holt – and don’t forget to RSVP for next week’s SoupGrant where we will vote on the winner!

About the designer: I am a young Aspiring Graphic Artist, currently enrolled at LCC and have been practicing graphic design since the age of 13.  I used to work for a digital printing company as their graphic designer but got laid off due to the economy, would love to have my logo as the new image of your company.

About the submission: Inspiration came from the name alone. Soup Grant Lansing; I wanted a logo that captured every aspect of the name. For the type I wanted a Campbell’s soup style and also thought the type almost looks like hot steam rising from the soup and whats soup without a bowl and spoon. But lastly I wanted this logo to be obvious and proud about where it hails from, what city this company represents. What better way then include the BEAUTIFUL capitol that sits right in the middle of it all. Thank you for this opportunity.

DuMond Poster DuMond LogoIf you’d like to connect with Spencer, check out his Facebook page.

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Indiegogo campaign a success

We want to send out a massive thank you to everyone who supported SoupGrant’s Indiegogo fundraiser!

We set out with an ambitious goal of $500 and here we are, two months later, with $330 on hand as of the campaign’s conclusion on March 9. This is all thanks to your efforts – and not just the folks who donated, but also everyone who shared what we’re doing with friends and family. We can’t thank you enough!

Now what?

We’ll be awarding $100 to our logo makeover winner on March 20 and setting aside another $50 for any redesigns that may be necessary in the future.

The rest of the money will primarily be going towards purchasing supplies for our dinners throughout the rest of 2014.

What if I still want to give money to support SoupGrant?

We’re a small team of three people with limited resources putting together a dinner every month, so we still welcome your support. If you would be interested in making a donation, please contact us at soupgrantlansing@gmail.com.

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T. Joel Nys

We’re nearly there! Today’s submission means we’ve only got two more to go before we round out the top 10. Voting is next Thursday (March 20) at SoupGrant. More details will be appearing very soon.

Today’s submission comes to us from T. Joel Nys of Grass Lake (between Jackson and Ann Arbor).

About the designer: I am a recent graduate with a degree in graphic design. Although I did not grow up in the area, I have become quite fond of Lansing and would like to positively impact the community using my design talents.

About the submission: For the logo design I combined the literal with the figurative. I wanted to highlight thought, creativity, and innovation. I also wanted to give the logo a hand drawn feel to represent accessibility, and community. I created a logo that can stand alone or work with the logotype, so that it can be used across many different mediums.

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Want to be in touch with T. Joel Nys? Check out his website. You can also find him on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ruben Munoz

Today our entry comes to us from Ruben Munoz of Berrien Springs in SW Michigan.

About the designer: I am a trilingual Southwest Michigan based designer, that is passionate about advertising, branding identities, and package design. I graduated from my university in May of 2013.

About the submission: For Soup Grant Lansing I wanted to create a logo that was very approachable, and homey to help with the feel of good, homemade soup. I took the “S” and “G” to form steam and the minimalistic, clean shape of a bowl.

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