ST. CLOUD - We have an update to a story we first told you about earlier this summer: the first St. Cloud SOUP event is coming up on Sunday.

St. Cloud SOUP is a new organization with the goal of giving out "microgrants" to local community projects.

At a SOUP event, community members gather for a potluck dinner and are asked for $5 at the door. Before dinner, several presenters who have a project idea to improve the community give a quick speech to the gathering. The only requirements for a project is that it needs to improve the community and it has to be in the St. Cloud metro area.

When presentations are finished, everyone eats and then votes for the proposal they like best. The money collected at the door goes to the winning presenter.

Some examples of pitches from other SOUP groups across the country run the gamut: anything from funds for school groups to building bike trail signs.

The first St. Cloud SOUP event is on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. at the Lake George Municipal Complex. Anyone is welcome to attend.

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