Kauffman Expanding Quality Support for Entrepreneurs

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has the largest entrepreneurship focus of any US-based private foundation. Over the last two decades the Foundation has supported a wide variety of programs and initiatives that support entrepreneurs. As part of a new strategic plan, the Foundation will be developing a portfolio of grants to support entrepreneurs and to better understand how successful programs and initiatives work.

The Kauffman Foundation is accepting grant proposals from organizations that are exempt from taxes under sections 501(c)(3) or 115(2) of the Internal Revenue Code and that are seeking to expand programs that demonstrate evidence of success in supporting entrepreneurs in the United States.

In particular, we seek organizations that are helping entrepreneurs solve some or all of the challenges identified, have a track record of outcomes that demonstrate success in helping entrepreneurs solve these problems, and have a well-conceived plan for scaling or expanding successful programs or initiatives to reach more entrepreneurs.

We are interested in working with organizations that are eager to develop learning or research agendas that can help us identify the best ways to support entrepreneurs. We expect to disburse up to $2 million in the form of grants that are between $250,000 and $500,000 each, paid over two years.

Our overall portfolio of grants will be geographically diverse and will take into consideration the kind of entrepreneurs served and the depth of impact.

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2015.