Knoxville SOUP is looking for community-focused projects throughout Knox County that could use some cash to get going.

The next SOUP micro-funding event will take place starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 17, at Dara’s Garden, 2637 Maryville Pike, and will be catered by Rothchild Catering. The deadline to enter a project is Thursday, Apr. 12.

SOUP is a grassroots organization that holds (almost) quarterly events at rotating locations to help raise money for projects that will benefit the community. Neighborhood and community groups, nonprofits, businesses and individuals are welcome to submit their projects for consideration.

Up to four projects are chosen to present at each event. Attendees listen to the proposals, then dine on a meal of soup and salad, discuss the projects, and vote for their favorite.

The project with the most votes wins the money from the donations at the door. (A donation of $5 per person is suggested for entry.) Vestal Community Organization and Montgomery Village Residents Association are neighborhood groups that have won money. The SOUP application consists of four simple questions and is available at