Share Your Idea With Us

Do you have an innovative new idea that could make a significant difference for our community? Have you given this idea some thought? Some research? United Way of Central Oklahoma is eager to learn about your idea/project. Funds, available per project, fall in the range of $10,000 to $250,000.

Award Criteria

  • Innovative idea that would meet a genuine community need – Does not yet exist in Central Oklahoma.
  • Project falls within the realm of support by United Way. United Way of Central Oklahoma supports social service, health and human service needs programs.
  • Grants to Individuals
  • Art/Cultural/Literary organizations
  • Animal Services
  • Capital Needs
  • Environmental Concerns
  • Agency has a plan for measurement of outcomes in the project over the grant cycle, and beyond.
  • Recipient is a nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation as defined under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
  • Agency is located within the service area of United Way of Central Oklahoma (Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma counties).
  • Agency has an annual audit or annual review from an independent auditor.
  • Projects that include collaborative approaches are encouraged.
  • Applicant must demonstrate capacity to execute the program.
  • Programs should serve diverse groups in the community, be open and not restricted by residency or membership.
  • Programs should show opportunity for sustainability or continuation after the grant funds are expended.
  • Grant range is $10,000-$250,000. If no grants are made, funding will roll over for the next grant cycle.
  • WayFinder Innovation grants are to be considered one-time funding.

Application Process

  • Submit the information form: June 8, 2020.  You can find the information form HERE.
  • Selected agencies will be given access to the formal application on June 12, 2020. Agencies will have until July 8, 2020 to submit formal applications.
  • Agencies that are accepted for the review panel will be notified by July 22, 2020 and assigned a timeslot for August 11, 2020 to give a 10-15 minute “Elevator Pitch” to the grant review panel comprised of community volunteers and other funders.
  • Funding awards will be announced on Friday, August 21, 2020.
  • Dollars must be spent within the grant period of October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.
  • If awarded, grantee organization would be required to publicize selection as a grant winner by United Way of Central Oklahoma.
  • Submit a Progress Report halfway through the grant cycle, and an End of Grant Report upon completion of the project. Awarded organizations will be invited to give a final presentation at the end of the grant cycle.





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