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United Way of Tarrant County

Where New Ideas Are Planted, Solutions Grow



UWTC seeks community investors to build an innovation fund. With a minimum contribution of $15,000, KERNEL community investors secure their seat to be part of the decision-making process and provide input on social innovation proposals at the KERNEL Pitch Event in November.

UWTC will recognize KERNEL community investors’ name and/or company logo through:

KERNEL website
KERNEL Pitch Event signage and program
KERNEL social innovation press releases
UWTC Annual Report
Newspaper thank you advertisement
Investors may also choose to remain anonymous. Logo placement and size will be contingent on the number of investors.

If you or your company has an interest in helping new ideas grow, you can help UWTC invest in innovative ideas to address social issues.

UWTC will publish a Request for Proposals in May. Community investors may volunteer to review proposals that are submitted by the due date. United Way staff and volunteers will objectively review submitted applications.

In October, community investors become center stage to play a major role in selecting the recipients of awards. Community investors will participate as the final decision makers during the KERNEL Pitch Event, where finalists will present their proposals and plans. The community investors will have the majority vote in determining which ideas receive funding and how much funding they receive. Community investors also have the opportunity to further support the finalists and selected proposals through additional funding at the community investors’ discretion.

United Way of Tarrant County requests proposals for Social Innovation projects in the fields of education, income and health for a one-year funding period beginning Nov. 3, 2017 through Nov. 2, 2018.



Important Dates

  • Notice of Intent Available Monday, May 1, 2017
  • Applicant Information Meeting Thursday, June 1, 2017
  • Notice of Intent Due Friday, June 23, 2017

  • Application Deadline Friday, July 7, 2017
  • Finalist Announced Tuesday, August 15, 2017
  • KERNEL LIVE! Pitch Event Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thank you for your interest in investing in KERNEL, our new Social Innovation Fund. Please stay tuned for investment information and updates coming soon!

Thank you.


David Frederick

Vice President, Marketing & Communications
United Way of Tarrant County

TD Smyers

Chief Development & Operations Officer
United Way of Tarrant County