The Build Institute and the City of Ferndale are teaming together to host the inaugural Ferndale SOUP on Wednesday, June 27th.

SOUP is a micro-granting dinner focused on supporting community projects and businesses in Ferndale. The program launched in Detroit and has gained international notoriety.

It’ll work similarly to the Detroit version. For a 5-dollar donation, attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a single vote. You’ll hear four presentations ranging from art to urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurship, education and technology.

Each presenter will have four minutes to share their big idea and answer four questions from the audience.

Then, attendees eat, talk and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. There will also be a performance by a local artist.

The ballots will be counted at the end of the night and the winner will go  home with all of the money raised to carry out their project.

You can check it out for yourself at the Rust Belt Market, at Nine Mile and Woodward on Wednesday, June 27. It starts at 6 p.m.

And if you’d like to be a presenter? You can submit your idea at by June 20.

This story originally appeared on the Daily Detroit News Byte Podcast.

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