We are now taking applications for 2022 Social Innovation Grants! Please click here to learn more
Tulsa Area United Way’s Social Innovation grant program has provided over $1.8 million to “start-up” ideas since 2014. Nonprofit organizations are invited to present innovative plans to overcome challenges in the community. Recipients may or may not receive regular funding from United Way but are required to be 501(c)3 organizations.
Five local non-profits were awarded $325,000 in Social Innovation grants from the Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) in 2020. Proposals were presented virtually at TAUW’s annual “pitch night” in November to a panel of volunteer judges, who 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. “This year, we were looking for bold plans in healthcare that will serve as a catalyst for long-term solutions so that everyone has the opportunity to lead healthy lives.”
Community is Medicine – Urban Strategieshttp://www.urbanstrategies.org/
Community is Medicine (CIM) is a program within the Choice Neighborhoods People Strategy work underway in the River West/Eugene Field Neighborhood. CIM is grounded on the belief that community is an essential factor in personal help. The model includes a 4-part “prescription” that equips community members with the tools to take control of their individual health while creating a place for community members to grow and support one another along their health journey.
Cura Medical Clinichttp://www.curafortheworld.org/project-usa
This clinic provides free medical care to the underserved low-income residents of Creek County. These funds will allow the clinic to operate a small pharmacy onsite.
Domestic Violence Nurse Practitioners Advocate – DVIS(918) 743-5763 http://www.dvis.org/
A program providing two part-time professionals specializing in strangulation to increase access to healthcare services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, connect survivors who have experienced strangulation or head injuries with follow-up care providers, and reduce financial barriers for clients.
Healthcare Advocacy Program – South Tulsa Community House (STCH)(918) 742-5587 http://www.southtulsacommunityhouse.org/
This program allows a part-time Health Care Advocate to facilitate access to direct healthcare services, coordinate outreach and community health workshops, and facilitate Medicare and Medicaid enrollment.
Housing is Healthcare – Center for Housing Solutionshttp://www.housingsolutionstulsa.org/
A pilot project aimed to disrupt the cycle of individuals discharged from local hospitals to the street and removing barriers that prevent people from accessing healthcare and benefits for individuals experiencing homelessness in the city of Tulsa.
Met Cares Level Up(918) 901-4870 http://www.metcaresfoundation.org/
A scholarship program initiative that will invest in individuals from high-need, historically economically disadvantaged areas of the city – with a specific focus on single parents striving to enhance their own career in order to provide a stronger future for their children.
The application and selection process is September to December, and key dates for 2021 are listed below.
- Pitch night will be held on November 16, 2021
For more information about the selection process contact Miriam Mamah at 918-295-6635 or online here