“Livin’ on Tulsa Time…” is the tune you’ll be humming to yourself should you choose to participate in a new paid-to-relocate program, Tulsa Remote, designed to attract talented FT remote workers to Oklahoma.
Funded by the Tulsa-based George Kaiser Family Foundation, the Tulsa Remote program launched in November 2018 to great fanfare, with more than 10,000 applicants in search of a new community and lower cost of living.
To be eligible for the Tulsa Remote program, you must be 18+, move to Tulsa within 6 months, have full time remote employment, or are self-employed outside of Tulsa county and are eligible to work in the United States.
If accepted, participants receive $10,000 in cash, an additional housing stipend of $1,000, plus free coworking space.
According to Forbes, “Tulsa Remote sorted through 10,000+ applications and narrowed them to a list of 1,000 semi-finalists. Online video interviews were then conducted with 500 finalists. Of this group, 100 people were selected. To date, a dozen people have relocated to Tulsa and the program projects 85-90 individuals will be in Tulsa by mid-summer 2019.”
Unfortunately, the 2019 slots have all been filled, but interested parties can sign up to apply for 2020 here. Officials say that Tulsa Remote will begin taking applications again this fall and might bring an even larger group to the city in 2020.
Not as interested in the midwest? Vermont’s Remote Worker Grant Program is also still accepting applications.