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Condensed Sloup is back

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Join us on December 7 for CONDENSED Sloup: our Sloup for Sloup! That’s right, Sloup itself needs a little funding and belief this time around.

CONDENSED Sloup will mush the regular November and December Sloups into one party, to celebrate the last 50 Sloups and the next 50 Sloups! Join us at the newly renovated 5th floor on T-REx for eatz, jamz, and some Sloup-related activities!

We’re asking a $10 suggested donation, which will sustain Sloup as a monthly gathering that funds grassroots arts and community impact projects in the St. Louis community. Because the cash raised at our monthly event goes straight into the hands of the winning artists, we ask only this donation at CONDENSED Sloup to keep us going!

AND WE’RE SEEKING MORE HELP: Please email stlsloup@gmail.com if you can donate food, drinks, small raffle items, or your volunteered time to help at the event itself!

Sloup presents… Alternative Funding for Social Ventures at Venture Cafe

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The lovely folks of Venture Café St. Louis offered us some space and time in their weekly entrepreneurial get-together. Join us — along with Midwest Artist Project Services (MAPS) and the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) — to discuss Alternative Funding for Social Ventures!

What: Alternative Funding for Social Ventures — a discussion on seed funding for creative and community projects
Where: CIC@4240, 4240 Duncan Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110
When: Thursday, October 30, 2014; 6:00-6:45 PM
Who: Sloup, MAPS, RAC, and you!
Why: You need a primer on how to access local crowdfunding, fiscal sponsorship, and other ways to get your idea off the ground. We welcome all types of entrepreneurs and simply curious folks, though we will be getting into the nuts and bolts of small-scale funding for social and creative ventures.

Help us spread the word, and please invite the entrepreneurs in your life!

Sloup #50

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For the third October in a row we will be eating soup on Cherokee Street right in the middle of Dia De Los Muertos celebrations! This year, we will gather in the Luminary Center for the Arts’ beautiful new space.

Our event will kick off a full week of Day of the Dead related activities on Cherokee. Did we mention we’ll have a piñata?

Our amazing and generous food sponsors this month are Don Carlos Restaurant, Latino Americana, and The Royale! We’d also like to pre-thank our regular sponsors, Nebula Coworking!

Sloup is a monthly gathering of friends, artists, and soup lovers. For a donation of $10 you get soup, snacks, drink, and a VOTE on your favorite of a collection of proposals from artists and activists. Choose your favorite idea, and the one with the most votes gets all of the money raised!

SUBMIT YOUR IDEA! E-mail a one-page PDF proposal for your creative or community-oriented project to stlsloup@gmail.com by Wednesday, October 22nd.

If you are interested in volunteering for this months Sloup, you’ll receive free admission+soup+vote.

Questions? Concerns? Dreams? Fears? Let us know! E-mail stlsloup@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

Sloup #49

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Get your creative juices flowing over a bowl o’ sloupy soup, provided by Schlafly! This month, we’ll be the first major event at CIC@4240. The City’s newest startup space will open its doors the next day — so join us for a sneak peek!

When: September 28, 2014, 5-7pm
Where: CIC@4240 (4240 Duncan Ave., Suite #200)
What: Creative ideas, shared over soup and beer by Schlafly
RSVP: Facebook event

PROPOSAL DEADLINE EXTENDED to Wednesday, September 24. Submit your project in a one-page, free-format PDF to stlsloup@gmail.com. Need help? Read this page.

Sloup is a monthly soup dinner that crowdfunds arts and community projects in St. Louis. One Sunday per month, Sloup brings people together at a different venue, over a different soup and a packet of community-based projects proposed by artists and activists. For a donation of $10, you get soup, snacks, drink, and a ballot to vote on the proposals. Vote for your favorite ideas, and the one with the most votes gets all of the money raised at the door!

Want to volunteer? Donate goodies? Tell us a secret? Email stlsloup@gmail.com!

Sloup #48 winner: Project Raise The Roof!

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Big congratulations to the winners of our 48th Sloup, Project Raise The Roof!

This month we chilled off from the heat with a spicy watermelon gazpacho by Gringo and refreshing cool brews by Morgan Street Brewery in STL’s hottest new office space, TechArtista! We also got to hear 4 fantastic proposals (see ‘em all here). Thank you to all involved!

Project Raise The Roof

1. Project Raise The Roof is a non -profit organization, awaiting 501(c)3 status, which promotes community ­based development throughout St. Louis City, with particular emphasis on economically depressed areas of North St. Louis. We seek to give seniors, veterans, ex-­offenders and low ­income families access to the resources they need to thrive and become leaders within their communities.

2. Our goal is to assist economically ­disadvantaged families become self­ sufficient through our programs, including: no credit check, zero interest rent -to-­own opportunities for home ownership, prevention of LRA seizure of occupied properties, tradesmanship/skills development, community gardening options, and basic education in City tax laws, household budgeting, and financial planning.

3. Our funding model is self­-sustaining. “Profits” from properties sold go back into maintenance or stabilization of donated properties and community training programs. We have skilled tradesmen and volunteer laborers ready to work on properties given to us by private donors, particularly one home we plan on donating to a homeless disabled veteran who has already volunteered for our organization in many ways. Funding would be used to clear liens from the City, secure the property while renovations are performed, and acquire materials needed for new electrical, new plumbing, and some roof repair. Through a fiscal sponsorship by “Out of Poverty Into Prosperity Mission” (a 501(c)3 charity), we are still able to offer tax-­deduction receipts to our donors as we await our own tax-­exempt status.

4. PRTR hopes to renew pride and a sense of community within City neighborhoods. Instead of attracting outside developers, we believe the best way to revitalize the St. Louis City economy is to start with those who already have an interest—the citizens themselves. Those in danger of losing their properties due to back taxes can remain in their homes and retain ownership. Low-­income families currently renting have options to become home or business owners, often for the same cost (or less) than their rent. We also offer a labor-­for-­rent exchange so that even those who are unable to afford the entire payment can help work on a neighbor’s home in the program, in exchange for up to one half of their monthly rent-­to-­own payment.

5. Our timeline is immediate. We have begun outreach to promote neighborhood solidarity. Within two months of formation in August 2013, PRTR had attracted five active board members, including two master tradesmen, the interest of local business owners, and we have since accepted 3 property donations in Baden, Benton Park, and O’Fallon neighborhoods, with several more in waiting. Additionally, we are considering partnering with a green energy company to provide solar installation, trades instruction, and potential employment for our clients who are out of work. In October, we will be expanding our board in order to take on the property donations we are unable to accept at this time.

Sloup #48

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Prepare to be amazed this month by a wild Sloup, complete with a spicy soup from Gringo, libations generously provided by Morgan Street Brewery, and your chance to finally check out the happenings over at TechArtista! Everything is happening Sunday, August 24 from 5-7pm.

SUBMIT YOUR IDEA! E-mail a one-page PDF proposal for your creative or community-oriented project to stlsloup@gmail.com by Sunday, August 17th. Questions? Concerns? Dreams? Fears? Let us know! E-mail stlsloup@gmail.com. See you there!

Sloup #47 Winner: SNAP 2 It!

_DSF6135.RAFWe tip our hats to the winners of our 47th Sloup, SNAP 2 It!

This month’s Slouperstars enjoyed awesome corn & saffron chowder from The Mud House and hearty chili from City Diner. Creative Exchange Lab provided the inspirational backdrop. We heard 5 awesome proposals (PDF). Thank you to all involved!

SNAP 2 It! is a project of the St. Louis Farmers’ Market Association and is the first step to establishing a double bucks program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps) recipients at farmers’ markets in St. Louis. The program makes healthy eating affordable for SNAP recipients, directly benefiting low-income families and local farmers. We hope to raise $5000 to establish the program, all of which will go directly towards matching SNAP dollars.

How Does It Work? SNAP recipients bring their EBT card to the participating farmers’ market booth. Their card is run for any amount they wish and up to $10 per week is matched. For example, if they run $10 on their card, they receive $20 in SNAP tokens to spend at any market booth on SNAP-eligible items. The farmers are then paid by the market from the SNAP funds.

Why do we need SNAP 2 IT!? Since 2010, in Missouri alone, roughly 900,000 individuals per month have received SNAP. Over $1.4 billion each year is spent in Missouri at SNAP eligible retailers, the majority of which do not offer fresh, healthy food. In St. Louis, SNAP retailers include grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, and farmers’ markets. Less than 10% of the SNAP retailers are full scale grocery stores, only 2% are farmers’ markets, and over 60% are gas stations and convenience stores. This means that lots of SNAP money in our region is spent at places with little to no healthy food options. SNAP 2 It! will help funnel some of that money to healthier options that also increase our local food economy.

What’s our timeline? We are currently running an Indiegogo campaign that runs through August 15 (igg.me/at/snap2it). All funds that we raise by August 15 will be used at participating markets for the remaining 2014 farmers’ market season (through the end of October 2014).
After August 15 we plan to apply for a grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture that could double the impact of our funds raised (up to $5000). As we plan for future seasons, we are partnering with other organizations that have established SNAP double dollar programs in other cities. We hope to follow a similar path as the Beans & Greens program in Kansas City, which quickly grew from having only two markets taking SNAP to over $250,000 a year in matching dollars at 15-plus markets. We’re well on our way with so many St. Louis farmers’ markets that already accept SNAP! We hope you will help us to become an established asset for increasing healthy food options in St. Louis.

Sloup #47

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This month, Sloup is going to be serving up chilled soup, and hot ideas at the Creative Exchange Lab!

Sloup is a monthly gathering of friends, artists, and soup lovers. For a donation of $10 you get soup, snacks, drink, and a VOTE on your favorite of a collection of proposals from artists and activists. Choose your favorite idea, and the one with the most votes gets all of the money raised!

SUBMIT YOUR IDEA! E-mail a one-page PDF proposal for your creative or community-oriented project to stlsloup@gmail.com BY Tuesday, JULY 22nd.

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