Bridport is to be served another helping of soup.

Non-profit organisations Stir to Action and Communities Living Sustainably are bringing back crowdfunding initiative Bridport Soup in a bid to raise financial support for local projects.

Last year, Bridport Soup raised funds for initiatives including Bridport Youth Project and Oops Wow Toddler Art Group.

Now, the team from Stir to Action’s 'Unlocking the Next Economy' project - which encourages and supports local communities to make use of churches - is relaunching Bridport Soup with a live crowdfunding event from 6.45pm on Wednesday, June 20, at the United Church on East Street.

Stir to Action's Jonny Gordon-Farleigh said: “We’re really excited to be relaunching the Bridport Soup, especially since it’s being organised by the team participating in our 16-week enterprise programme, part of a regional pilot programme to explore how church buildings can be used for community enterprise.

“It’s not only about the money, though. The audience can offer other forms of support, like marketing advice, storage or work space and even babysitting to help local projects get off the ground.”

A Bridport Soup event involves a suggested donation of £4 per person, for which you’ll get a bowl of soup, a bread roll and a vote. During the evening, you’ll hear representatives of four local projects deliver four-minute pitches about their project, its community benefits and what the funding will support. Each pitch is then followed by four questions from the audience, dinner, and then a vote for the project you would like to support. The winning project will receive the donations from the door and will pledge to share how they’ve used their funding at the next soup.

Bridport Soup organisers are still looking for community projects to pitch on the evening, so if you have an idea or are part of an existing organisation that benefits the local area, you can apply before applications close on Sunday. The organisers will then announce the four teams pitching for support on the evening and let you know if there are any remaining places to join the event.

If you'd like to get involved and are looking to support the development of local projects and network with other local organisations and individuals, reserve your place at