Social Innovation Grants

Do you have an innovative idea that could make a significant difference for our community? Have you given this idea some thought? Some research? Tulsa Area United Way is eager to learn about your idea/project. Funds, available per project, fall in the range of $30,000 to $100,000. To get started, click on the link and complete the one-page Information sheet.


Have an idea to address financial stability in the Tulsa area specifically?

Click here to read about a special grant for organizations to provide financial services for families who may be at risk.


  • Innovative idea that has social impact – does not exist in your county
  • Project falls within the categories of education, health/safety and/or financial stability
  • Recipient is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located within the six county service area of TAUW (Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers & Wagoner counties)
  • 2019 grant range is $30,000 - $100,000
  • Other funders will be invited to hear your pitch


  • Submit the Information Page: due September 21, 2018
  • If selected, you will be given access to a formal application and a date to give a pitch
  • Funding will be for January through December 2019
  • Submit a Progress Report upon completion of the project 

                    Call:    Cindy Longacre at 918-295-6696


Brevity is key

  • Overview of Project
    • Briefly describe the project. Be concise. There is an opportunity to provide specifics in other areas of application.
  • Timeline of Projected Milestones
    • Approximate dates in the project cycle when key action steps are to be accomplished.
  • Budget
    • Upload Budget
  • Measure to Determine Success
    • Briefly describe quantitative aspects of the project. Measurement is an important component and is considered critical to project consideration.
  • Describe How This Project is Innovative for Our Community
    • What are the key components of this project that make it creative and unique?
  • Primary Social or Economic Impact on Community
    • Who will benefit?
    • How will that affect the community?

Mastering the 10-Minute Pitch

Currently Funded Innovations:

1st Step Male Diversion
Provide counseling/life skill and job training for men between ages 18-25 who plead guilty to non-violent felonies.

Work Advance for Youth
Provides disconnected youth ages 18-24 with comprehensive workforce and wraparound services to increase their income and opportunity for better life.

Book Mobile Snack Shack
Provide books and nutritious snacks to students unable to access a library or foot sites during the summer.

A Better Way
Provide day labor opportunities for individuals whose primary source of income in panhandling.