The Kauffman Foundation works in partnership with organizations that share our vision and passion for education, entrepreneurship and the Kansas City community. We look for ways to advance programs and to leverage additional funding and resources in these areas. We consider our grants to be investments, and we look for a return on the investments we make.

Funding Guidelines

The Foundation only funds programs within the United States. The majority of our grants are proactive and made to tax-exempt organizations. Active grantees are required to provide regular progress reports on project activities and outcomes. We fund entrepreneurship programs and activities located across the country, including Kansas City. The majority of our education grants and all of our civic-engagement grants go to organizations and efforts focused within Kansas City's five-county metropolitan area.

Application Process

The Kauffman Foundation does not have proposal deadlines or established maximum and minimum dollar amounts. Grant amounts vary depending on the scope of the specific project and the size of the organization. We regularly review our grant application process and streamline our internal review procedures to be more timely and responsive to your funding requests.

After reviewing our Funding Guidelines (above), as well as our Education, Entrepreneurship and Kansas City program areas, if you feel there is a strong match with your request, please visit our Grants Management Portal to create an account and begin the grant application process. We review proposals on an ongoing basis. We do not accept proposals submitted via audiotape or videotape.

Requests for Proposals

The Foundation issues requests for proposals (RFPs) to invite qualified organizations to meet specialized criteria for a grant. Within a structured set of terms and conditions, each RFP features distinct requirements for a limited time with specific deadlines. The competitive process is designed to identify and advance uncommon approaches to support social progress and well-being. Visit our RFP Portal for more information.


We are prohibited from funding the following:

  • Requests from individuals, political, social or fraternal organizations.
  • Fund endowments, special events, arts or international programs.
  • Loans, startup expenses, or seed-capital funding for private businesses or scholarships requested by individuals.
  • Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation in policy or in practice.
  • Programs in furtherance of sectarian religious activities, impermissible lobbying, legislative or political activities.
  • Medical research, profit-making enterprises or programs targeted for people with a specific physical, medical or psychological condition.

Indirect Costs

The Foundation considers costs which are not in direct support of the grant as indirect. Indirect costs are not allowed in a grant request budget.


We are open to new ideas and innovative projects, but please keep in mind that although your project may appear to fall under our grant guidelines, funding for unsolicited requests is very limited. Our list of Resources for Individuals and Organizations may provide additional guidance and options for funding.

Thank you for your interest in the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and for taking time to learn about the education and entrepreneurship efforts that we support.