Grants to Level the Playing Field

The Kauffman Foundation works with communities and organizations to level the playing field for entrepreneurs who have been systemically left behind due to demographic, socioeconomic, and geographic barriers. The Foundation awards grants to organizations that have exceptional track records in removing barriers that make starting and growing a business more difficult.

Through a rigorous review process, the Foundation identifies and invests in organizations that help entrepreneurs confront and overcome their key challenges. Strategic investments in these best-in-class organizations help their programs scale to serve more entrepreneurs. In addition, the Foundation gains a better understanding of what makes these highly successful programs and initiatives so effective.

Grantees are selected after demonstrating that they have helped entrepreneurs meet challenges in areas such as developing business models, obtaining funding and building management teams. The grants will help them expand and widen their reach.

The 2019 Inclusion Open RFP closed on Feb. 6 and is no longer accepting applications at this time.

Inclusion Open Grantees

2017 Grantees

2016 Grantees

2015 Grantees

  • Village Capital (Washington, D.C.)
  • SEED SPOT (Phoenix, AZ)
  • MassChallenge (Boston, MA)
  • Syracuse: Institute for Veterans Military Families (Syracuse, NY)
  • Austin Technology Incubator (Austin, TX)
  • VentureWell (Hadley, MA)
  • Interise (Boston, MA)
  • Creative Startups (Santa Fe, NM)