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The Kauffman Foundation works together with organizations that share our vision and passion for education, entrepreneurship and the Kansas City community.

We first listen to the communities we serve, tap into our learnings and relationships, and bring everyone together to build and support programs that improve education, boost entrepreneurship, and help Kansas City thrive.

As such, we look for ways to advance programs and to leverage additional funding and resources in these areas. We consider our grants to be community investments, and we look for a return on those investments.

To learn more about our strategies and funding priorities, explore our program areas.

How we fund

Learn more about how we fund by reviewing our guidelines. Please keep in mind, although your project may appear to fall under our grant funding priorities, funding for requests is limited. 

Submit an idea

We are open to new ideas and innovative project submissions at any time throughout the year. If your organization or project is eligible, you can then submit an idea. Your idea will be reviewed and if it’s a good match with the Foundation’s priorities, you will be notified requesting you to complete a full application.

Have an idea?

Determine if your idea meets our grants criteria

My request supports activities in the United States and/or its territories.

My request does not support any of the following: religious activities; individual requesting support for personal expenses including education; political, social, fraternal organization; endowment funding; lobbying, legislative, or political activities; medical research.

My request is related to education, entrepreneurship, or Kansas City metropolitan civic initiatives.

My request is not for money to start a business or fund patent expenses.

Your idea is eligible! Submit it here.

We appreciate being considered as a potential funder and contributor to your endeavors. Although the Foundation recognizes the importance of your request, regrettably, we are not able to provide funding. We realize that seeking funding can be a time-consuming and frustrating process, and we regret that we are able to fund only a small percentage of the requests that we receive. The Foundation Center might be able to help you identify potential funders. It offers a comprehensive database of U.S. grantmakers and the criteria for their grants. We wish you success in securing funding and in the future success of your endeavors.

Request for proposals (RFPs)

Periodically, requests for proposals (RFPs) may be issued to invite qualified organizations who 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.

–Current RFP Grant Opportunities–

We do not have any RFP grant opportunities currently available. Please check back.

Meet our grantees

The Kauffman Foundation supports a diverse set of grantees across our program areas.


Catalyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Heartland

The Heartland Challenge grantees will work to solve for specific challenges entrepreneurs in the region face, and will participate in facilitated, peer-learning communities of practice to share knowledge across the region.

July 10, 2020
Catalyzing entrepreneurial ecosystems in the Heartland

Meet the America’s New Business Plan RFP grantees

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation funded nine entrepreneurship advocates to inform local, regional, and national policy debates with the voices of entrepreneurs.

May 4, 2020
Meet the America’s New Business Plan RFP grantees

Kauffman Knowledge Challenge

The Knowledge Challenge is a biannual program that invites proposers to submit proposals for research activities aimed at improving our basic understanding of entrepreneurs and the levers, tools and methods that can advance entrepreneurship in the United States. 

December 15, 2019
Kauffman Knowledge Challenge

Our grantees in action

Read the stories of our grantees and their impact in the areas of Education, Entrepreneurship, and Kansas City Civic.


Investing in people as our most-valuable assets

Kauffman Director of Education Sherman Whites proposes a shift in how we perceive philanthropy to confront the question, “How do we answer to call to care for each other?”

November 14, 2019
Investing in people as our most-valuable assets

A vision for the future of student success is urgent

Our education system must prepare students for learning, work, and life after high school in a rapidly changing world, which means the time to provide real-world learning opportunities – for all students – is now.

Written by AARON NORTH
June 13, 2019
A vision for the future of student success is urgent

Designs on creating a cultural hub

Refurbished to house its community’s unvarnished history, learn more about the transformation from Corinthian Hall to the Kansas City Museum.

Written by KEITH MAYS
February 21, 2019
Designs on creating a cultural hub