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The Kauffman Foundation
Conference Center is a
nationally recognized
site located adjacent
to our offices in
Kansas City, Missouri.

Use of this space is
FREE for 501(c)(3)
and state and
local government

Thank you for your interest in working with the Kauffman Foundation to prepare people for success in their jobs and careers so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve financial stability, upward mobility, and economic prosperity.

We are not currently accepting proposals for new grants or projects while we transition to more intentionally serve Kansas City, work more collaboratively, and prepare the Foundation so our new CEO can hit the ground running.

Please subscribe to the Kauffman Currents newsletter to stay updated on future grantmaking opportunities.

We will continue to sponsor events in Kansas City. See below for more details.


A limited amount of funds are dedicated every year to sponsor events in the Kansas City area that connect people and raise funding for vital programs. Funding decisions are based on alignment to Kauffman Foundation priorities, a focus on racial equity, and available budget at the time of the request.

  • Sponsorships typically range from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the size of the event and the benefits associated with the sponsorship.
  • Sponsorships are intended to support organizations and programs that align with the strategic focus of the Foundation, but are not currently receiving Foundation funding.
  • Current grantees are not eligible for sponsorship due to the limited budget; however, grantees with a special anniversary event (example – centennial celebration of the organization) will be considered.
  • One request per Kansas City-based organization will be considered per year.
  • Requests for sponsorship must be at least eight weeks in advance of the event to ensure adequate review time by our team.

Because the IRS defines sponsorships differently from grants, each request must also be accompanied by a sponsorship benefits listing so the Foundation will be in compliance.

Our list of other resources for individuals and organizations may provide additional guidance and options for funding of your project.