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Where New Ideas Are Planted, Solutions Grow

KERNEL, a program established in 2016 by the United Way of Tarrant County, fosters social innovation within Tarrant County and provides resources and seed funding for organizations and programs that comprise a combination of social impact, a sustainable revenue model, and an innovative approach to solving the social challenges in our community.

The KERNEL program’s primary purpose is encouraging social innovation, connecting with community initiatives to nurture great ideas and making significant changes in key community challenges. By working with a cross-sector of people, organizations, nonprofits, for-profits and entrepreneurs to solve problems, we believe KERNEL can uncover world-changing ideas and help bring them to life.



  • We will connect with partner agencies, non-profits, businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals to provide proposed solutions for social issues affecting our community. We will put out a call-to-action to come up with innovative solutions with measurable results to help ADDRESS THESE CHALLENGES.


  • As a community, we'll come together at the KERNEL Live! pitch competition where our investors and esteemed judges will choose which solutions have the greatest potential to succeed. These winners will receive seed funding from UWTC and implement their solutions over the next year.


  • United Way of Tarrant County will work with the solution provider to help execute and provide measurable results. We have over 90 years of experience! To ensure success, we can provide grantees: Mentorship, Technical Assistance, Help, Access and Possibilities for Additional Funding.


  • June 25 - Applications Available
  • August 10 - Applications Due

  • August 13-31 - Applications Reviewed

  • November 1 - KERNEL Live! Pitch Competition

United Way of Tarrant County is pleased to announce that three finalists received funding at our KERNEL LIVE! event on November 2nd, 2017 for their creative solutions to local social problems. Meet the winners below!