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RocSOUP is a grassroots effort to fund small, creative projects or new business ideas that are intended to improve the community. 

RocSOUP Recipe  
  • a grassroots collaboration ​​
  • a public dinner
  • a way for neighbors to connect around positive goals
  • a democratic experiment in micro-funding
  • a forum for important and necessary discussion & networking
  • an opportunity to support creative people in Rochester, NY

Do you have ideas for small projects that would improve your neighborhood?

Do you need start up funds ($500-$800)?

  Are you already operating a community project that could benefit from additional funds
that would make a significant difference?

RocSOUP may be an option for you!!

We have funded three projects to date.  Each time, we have been able to increase the amount of funding offered to the project that received the most community votes.  The last awardee, thanks to a "match" made available through the Joan Rothenverg Family Foundation, was awarded $750.  Funded projects to date have been:

  • A Planter Project on W. Main Street that continues to offer passersby vegetables along with beautiful flowers; the 10 planters acknowledge friends and family who have died of drug overdoses.
  • Teen Wave Radio - teens have established their own radio show at 106.3 FM.
  • ROCovery is using their funds to engage the community and build neighborhood capacity.

Start by completing an application for our next event which will take place Saturday, 12/2, from 4-7 p.m. at the 1872 Cafe, 431 W. Main Street.

RocSOUP Application