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Current grantees

Current grantees

Find below information, guides, and resources to reference during your time as a Kauffman Foundation grantee, including accessing your account, metrics frameworks for grants reporting, RFP grantee announcements, and grantee stories.

If you have any questions, please contact your program officer or contact us.

Access your account

We have an online system that allows grantees to submit proposals, track the status of pending proposals, review past and current grants, submit reporting requirements, monitor payments, and review contact information.

You will receive an email with step-by-step instructions and login credentials to our online portal from your program officer. If you have not received this information, or you are otherwise experiencing issues logging in, please contact us.

Reporting: Metrics, outputs, and outcomes

We are committed to working and learning with you to produce results so that every person can have the opportunity to be uncommon and achieve success. To that end, our Evaluation team has developed resources and guides on how to develop these expected outputs and outcomes.

Ultimately, our goal is to ensure that time spent developing and reflecting on key metrics informs the work of our grantees, how we make decisions at the Foundation, and hopefully the broader communities in which we work. Your metrics are the critical starting point of this continuous improvement cycle, which is why we believe it’s so important to ensure your metrics are measurable and meaningful.

Meet our RFP grantees

We launch regular RFPs in support of our priorities in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Kansas City Civic. Learn more about the RFP portfolios and the projects our grantees are working on in each area below.

Central Standards RFP

Central Standards RFP

(October 12, 2021) The Central Standards RFP provides matching funds to encourage and accelerate collaborations between two or more entrepreneurship support organizations to support Heartland entrepreneurs in the states of Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas. This RFP has two funding rounds each year: one in the spring and one in the summer.

Rebuilding Better RFP

Rebuilding Better RFP

(September 14, 2021) The Rebuilding Better RFP supports activities that engage entrepreneurs in advocacy and educate policymakers of the challenges entrepreneurs face in America, thereby contributing to more supportive environments for entrepreneurs at the local, state, and national levels.

Community-Engaged Research RFP

Community-Engaged Research RFP

(August 18, 2021) For the Community-Engaged Research RFP portfolio, we gathered together a group of scholars and community organizations committed to community-engaged approaches to entrepreneurship research.

Kauffman Heartland Challenge

Heartland Challenge RFP

(July 8, 2021) The Heartland Challenge Request for Proposal (RFP) funds programs, projects, and initiatives that build on the assets of community to support business owners and founders, especially those that are underrepresented in the entrepreneurship landscape, located in Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and Kansas.

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Individual Schools Grants RFP

(May 19, 2021) The Individual Schools Grant supports the Kansas City region (Johnson and wyandotte counties in Kansas, and Cass, Clay, Jackson, and Platte counties in Missouri) district, charter, and private schools serving lower-income students.

Quality Enhancement Grants

Quality Enhancement Grants RFP

(October 1, 2020) The Quality Enhancement Grants program supports quality improvement efforts in early learning programs serving children birth to five in the Kansas City Region.

Kauffman Knowledge Challenge: Insight to Impact

Kauffman Knowledge Challenge RFP

(September 8, 2020) The Kauffman Knowledge Challenge produces a portfolio of grants that seek to answer questions based on real-world problems facing entrepreneurs and their communities.

ANBP RFP grantees

America’s New Business Plan RFP

(May 4, 2020) The America’s New Business Plan RFP funds entrepreneurship advocates to inform local, regional, and national policy debates with the voices of entrepreneurs.

Our grantees in action

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


For entrepreneurs to thrive, policies must help level the playing field

The latest Kauffman Conversation brings together experts from the field who say now is the moment to advocate on behalf of small businesses.

August 27, 2020
For entrepreneurs to thrive, policies must help level the playing field

COVID-19 has revealed paths forward to address inequities in lending

To give all entrepreneurs an equal shot, they will need equal access to capital.

July 16, 2020
COVID-19 has revealed paths forward to address inequities in lending

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