TAUW’s Social Innovations Grant program has contributed millions of dollars to innovative ideas since 2014 through its start-up grant program. Nonprofit organizations are invited to present innovative plans for overcoming challenges in the community. The recipients may or may not receive regular funding from United Way, but they must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

In 2021, the TAUW awarded $320,000 in Social Innovations grants, including matching funds, to five local non-profits. The proposals were presented virtually at TAUW’s annual “pitch night” in November. Volunteer judges were looking for innovation, collaboration, and non-duplication among non-profit, educational, or governmental organizations.

“The grants allow organizations to incubate initiatives and bring new strategies to Tulsa and the surrounding area that work elsewhere and can potentially make a positive impact locally,” said Brent Sadler, Chief Community Investments Officer at the Tulsa Area United Way.

To view a complete history of the Social Innovations grant program, click here.

The application and selection process is September to December.

For more information about the selection process contact Miriam Mamah at 918-295-6635 or online here