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.

Learn more and view past WayFinder winners.

2022 WayFinder Innovation Grant Recipients

Pivot, Inc. was awarded $125,000 for Preserves by Pivot. Funding for this program will provide first-time jobs for Pivot youth to learn important business skills by developing and marketing Pivot Preserves – an artisanal jam product that will be specially made at Pivot.
The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice was awarded $32,000 for Youth Leadership Forum for Community Transformation. This three-day workshop will offer an opportunity for high school students from the Oklahoma City Metro area to discuss and learn how to process difficult topics, developing their awareness and skills to lead in a diverse society.
Calm Waters Center for Children and Families was awarded $75,000 for Incarcerated Oklahomans Grief Support Group. Funding for this program will establish support group curriculum for detainees at the Oklahoma County Jail to provide an opportunity for them to process their grief and care for their mental wellbeing.

To learn more about the WayFinder Innovation Grant, please contact:

WayFinder Innovation Grant