WHAT ARE SOCIAL INNOVATIONS GRANTS?
Tulsa Area United Way Social Innovations Grants encourage the creation of bold new solutions for improving education, health/basic needs and financial mobility. The program provides nonprofits with the critical resources—including funding, mentorship and community connections—to accelerate the growth and stability of their innovative programs.
At Tulsa Area United Way, we recognize that getting a new nonprofit program off the ground can be incredibly challenging. The Social Innovations Grant is just one of the ways we support nonprofit innovators, enabling new or existing nonprofit organizations to access the resources and connections they need to scale their programs and achieve success.
2022 Social Innovations Grant Funding
In 2022, TAUW received ARPA dollars through Tulsa County. Combined with additional resources, TAUW awarded more than $300,000 to local partners to launch the Tulsa County Food Insecurity Collaborative Plan.
The Plan works in three distinct areas to address food insecurity: 1) data technology to assess distribution and need of emergency food resources; 2) feasibility study to analyze systems to build more equitable access to healthy and affordable food; and, 3) improved technology to expand SNAP enrollment.
“This project is unique to TAUW but is made in the true spirit of the Social Innovations grants process,” said Annie Mitchell, Vice President of Community Investments at Tulsa Area United Way. “These investments hold the promise of providing dramatic insight into our food service networks, both analyzing gaps and finding new resources for organizations to work together and provide food stability across the community. TAUW is so proud to be a part of this project alongside our partners who are providing vital basic needs to people on a daily basis.”
Do you have an innovative idea?
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.
- Innovative idea that has social service impact – that does not yet 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)
- 2021 grant range is $30,000 – $100,000
- Other funders will be invited to hear your pitch
- Submit the Information Page: due September 20, 2021
- If selected, you will be given access to a formal application
- If your formal application is selected you will receive a date to give a pitch
- Funding will be for January through December 2022
- Grantees will be required to submit a Progress Report upon completion of the project
TIPS FOR COMPLETION OF ONE PAGE APPLICATION:
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.
- 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
Social Innovations Grant History
Below you will find TAUW’s historical investments in Social Innovations Grants, which were originally known as Venture Grants.
2013/2014 Venture Grants
· Family & Children’s Services – $48,000
· Goodwill Industries – $52,000
· Mental Health Association – $100,000
2014 Innovation Grants
· Family Safety Center – $65,000
· Fab Lab – $60,000
· Workforce Tulsa – $50,000
· Youth Services of Tulsa – $90,000
· Mary Ogle, A New Leaf – $5,000
· Mary Isaacson, OU-Tulsa – $5,000
· Amberleigh Jewart, CSC, – $4,000
· Karen Smith, CSC – $2,500
· Michael Baker, TFD – $5,000
· Ross Faith, TCF – $5,000
· Noah Stout, TFA – $5,000
· Nancy McDonald, YMCA – $5,000
2015 Innovation Grants
· Madison Strategies Group – $50,000
· Family & Children’s Services – $50,000
· Resonance Center for Women – $50,000
· Youth Services of Tulsa – $99,404
· Maria Fedore , TFA – $5,000
· Betty Fulk, TSHA – $2,345
· Sarah Thomas, Attic Conversations Yoga Foundation, $4,160
Grand Total: $260,909
2016 Innovations Grants
· 36 Degrees N-$50,000
· Coffee Bunker-$50,000
· Campaign (MODUS)-$50,000
· New View-$25,000
· Alisa Bell, JAMES, Inc-$5,000
Grand total: $245,000
2017 Innovation Grants
· 1st Step Male Diversion Program $71,250
· Youth WorkAdvance $80,000
· Mental Health Program/A Better Way $61,750
· Caring Community Friends-Bookmobile/Snack $37,000
2018 Innovation Financial Stability RFP
CEO-Economic Opportunity Initiative $85,000
Legal Aid Services-Landlord Tenant Mediation $60,000
Tulsa Community Workadvance-Due North $100,000
Tulsa Community Workadvance-Finance Advance $50,500
Innovations Fab Lab-Match: $25,000
Family and Children’s Services-COPES 911: $67,122
Growing Together-Leadership Program $52,860
Tulsa Advocates for Protection of Children-Mobile resource: $80,000
MetCares-Program Scholarships: $75,000
2020 Healthcare RFP
CURA medical clinic: $15,000
Urban Strategies: $60,000
Center for Housing Solutions: $115,465
South Tulsa Community House: $34,535
Be Heard: $100,000
Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce Job Training Program: $50,000
Modus Delivers: $35,000
The Oasis Project – Double Up Oklahoma: $30,000 *Additional $70k from Ascension St. John
YWCA – Carmela Hill Legacy Fund: $35,000
Total with Matching Dollars: $320,000
TAUW Investment: $250,000
In 2022, TAUW received ARPA dollars through Tulsa County. Combined with additional resources, TAUW awarded more than $300,000 to local partners to launch the Tulsa County Food Insecurity Collaborative Plan. The Plan works in three distinct areas to address food insecurity: 1) data technology to assess distribution and need of emergency food resources; 2) feasibility study to analyze systems to build more equitable access to healthy and affordable food; and, 3) improved technology to expand SNAP enrollment.