Farmville Downtown SOUP

Farmville SOUP 2017

Do you have an idea for a project that will improve downtown Farmville?  Then we want to hear about it!  During the Farmville SOUP event the public will be voting on proposals for Downtown Farmville.  The proposals can be anything that will improve Downtown, especially if it is a brand new, creative idea. Proposed projects could range from art, urban agriculture, social entrepreneurship, education, technology or more.  Proposals are due March 20, 2017.  Please reach out to FDP Program Manager, John Burton ( with any questions.

Submit your proposal here:

Farmville Downtown partnership is thrilled to present the Second Annual Farmville SOUP Dinner Event on Friday, April 7, 2017 beginning at 6pm at the LCVA.  At this event everyone in attendance will able to vote on proposals which have been submitted by local community members to win grant money to make their proposal a reality.  Tickets cost $5 and are available at the door.  Tickets are also available before the event at the Regional Visitor Center by contacting John Burton (  Come and enjoy the toe-tapping music by local musician Joel Worford, have some delicious soup and help make your community a better place!


For more information about last year’s Inaugural SOUP event see below:

FarmvilleSOUP winners

Thank you so much to the over 150 community members who came out to the Inaugural SOUP Dinner Event on April 1, 2016.  Thanks to the LCVA in downtown Farmville for providing the perfect venue and to Aramark for providing delicious Chicken Gumbo and Tomato Basil soup.  Joel Worford provided excellent musical entertainment.

Congratulations to the top 5 proposals and the presenters:

-Bicycle Parking – presented by Charles Repp

-Farmville Bistro – presented by Kerry Mossler

-‘Art Attack’ – presented by Allison Crews

-LU/HSC Paw Prints – presented by Joy Stump

-READ Farmville – presented by Juanita Giles

After all the presentations everyone in attendance got to vote on the proposal they liked the best to determine the winners.  After counting the many votes, the top proposals to win grant money were:

$2,500 – Bicycle Parking

$1,500 – Farmville Bistro

$1000 – READ Farmville

Thanks to Longwood University for supplying the matching grants that made this event possible.  We can’t wait to see everyone at the next SOUP event





Applications are now being accepted from individuals or organizations (profit or non-profit) for a crowdfunded $1,000 grant that will improve the downtown Farmville community.Farmville Downtown Soup

Proposed projects could range from art, urban agriculture, social entrepreneurship, education, technology or more. The deadline to submit applications is March 21, 2016. The proposal form may be found below.

Based on the number of submissions, a minimum of four entrants will be asked to present at the SOUP Event on April 1, 2016, at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts. That evening, each presenter will have four minutes to share their idea with the community. Audience members can then ask each presenter up to four questions. After the presentations, the community will place their votes and enjoy soup, bread, and good company while the results are tallied with the winner of the $1,000 grant announced at the end of the evening.

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