2023 Social Innovations Grants Process

We are thrilled to announce our Social Innovations Grant Recipients!

These grants provide funds, mentorship, and vital community connections to accelerate the growth and stability of our community’s most groundbreaking new programs. 

Eight finalists presented their bold new ideas during Tulsa Area United Way’s Shark Tank-style pitch event. 

Four top finalists received $40,000 each to take their programs to the next level, and all eight finalists received $5,000 in capacity support. 
Watch the video to learn more about these organizations, their incredible programs, and the Innovations Grant process!


  • African American Leadership Academy – ALAA
    Providing exposure for African American professionals through the expansion of personal and professional development – TOP 4 FINALIST
  • Discovery Lab – Brain Games
    Improving social-emotional learning skills through games.
  • Khan Ohana Foundation – Student Meals Straightaway
    Ending Generational Poverty one student at a time. 
  • La Cosecha – Volunteer Engagement Program
    Recruit with Purpose, Retain with Care, Build a Brighter Future Together – TOP 4 FINALIST
  • Met Cares Foundation – Hometown Collective
    Nurturing Local Talent, Cultivating Future Leaders. 
  • Smiles of Faith, Inc. – Mobile Dental Clinic
    Eliminating barriers to dental care for North Tulsans.
  • The Arc of Oklahoma – Arc@School
    Supporting students and families in navigating the special education system through trained volunteer advocates – TOP 4 FINALIST
  • Tulsa Higher Education Consortium – Transfer Touch Points
    Increasing bachelor’s degree completion through transfer supports for community college students 


What Are Social Innovations Grants?
TAUW Social Innovations Grants encourage the support of new solutions for expanding education, improving health and safety, and strengthening financial mobility. The program is designed to provide nonprofits with critical resources—including funding, mentorship, and community connections—to accelerate the growth and stability of their innovative programs. The 2023 Social Innovations Grants process will provide funding and support to awardees for the 2024 calendar year. Learn more by visiting our main Social Innovations page!