Social Innovations Grants

WHAT ARE SOCIAL INNOVATIONS GRANTS?

Tulsa Area United Way Social Innovations Grants support the implementation of new solutions in the areas of youth opportunity, healthy communities, financial security, and community resiliency. The grant provides nonprofits with critical resources— including funding and community connections—to accelerate the growth and stability of their innovative programs and ideas.

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.

2024 SOCIAL INNOVATIONS GRANT FUNDING -- NOW OPEN

The 2024 Social Innovations Grants application is open! Mini-Applications are due July 31, 2024. Find more information about the process, eligibility requirements, and priority areas here.

Social Innovations Grants History

2023

  • African American Leadership Academy – ALAA 
    Providing exposure for African American professionals through the expansion of personal and professional development. 

  • La Cosecha – Volunteer Engagement Program
    Recruiting and investing in volunteers from within the client base, creating belonging, and increasing impact. 

  • The Arc of Oklahoma – Arc@School 
    Supporting students and families in navigating the special education system through trained volunteer advocates. 

  • Tulsa Higher Education Consortium – Transfer Touch Points Increasing bachelor’s degree completion through transfer supports for community college students. 

    2023 CAPACITY GRANTEES 

  • Discovery Lab – Brain Games
    Improving social-emotional and executive functioning skills through games.

  • Khan Ohana Foundation – Student Meals 
    Straightaway Eliminating barriers through direct grocery delivery to high school students and their families. 

  • Met Cares Foundation – Hometown Collective 
    Nurturing local talent through summer internships and mentorship for North Tulsa high school students. 

  • Smiles of Faith, Inc 
    Mobile Dental Clinic Eliminating barriers to dental care for North Tulsans through mobile dental services.

2022

Tulsa County Food Insecurity Collaborative Plan

  • Tulsa County Food Insecurity Collaborative Plan Components
    • Collaboration Master Food Plan
    • Food Insecurity Innovations Grant Program

      Collaborative Plan Partners
    • Asemio, Spotlight Network-wide Data Analytics System
    • Healthy Community Store Initiative, Food Hub Cooperative Study
    • Hunger Free Oklahoma, SNAP enrollment and tech resources

2021

  • Be Heard
  • Black Wall Street Chamber of Commerce
  • Modus Delivers
  • The Oasis Project
  • YWCA
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2020

  • CURA medical clinic
  • Urban Strategies
  • DVIS Center for Housing Solutions
  • South Tulsa Community House

2019

  • Innovations Fab Lab
  • Family and Children’s Services
  • Growing Together
  • Tulsa Advocates for Protection of Children
  • MetCares

2018

  • CEO-Economic Opportunity Initiative
  • Legal Aid Services
  • Tulsa Community Workadvance (2 awards)

2017

  • 1st Step Male Diversion Program
  • Youth WorkAdvance
  • Mental Health Program/A Better Way
  • Caring Community Friends

2016

  • DVIS
  • 36 Degrees North
  • Coffee Bunker
  • MODUS
  • Gatesway
  • New View

2015

  • Madison Strategies Group
  • Family & Children’s Services
  • Resonance Center for Women
  • Youth Services of Tulsa

2014

  • Family Safety Center
  • Fab Lab
  • Workforce Tulsa
  • Youth Services of Tulsa

2013/2014

  • Family & Children’s Services
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Mental Health Association Oklahoma