Inclusion Open Award


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The Grooming Projects Receives Inclusion Open Grant

Kansas City nonprofit receives $120,000 grant from the Kauffman Foundation in support of their program for underserved entrepreneurs.

 Kansas City, MO, July 31, 2019 – The Grooming Project was recently selected as one of 19 recipients of the Kauffman Foundation’s . Focused on leveling the playing field for entrepreneurs with multiple barriers to business ownership, the Inclusion Open RFP received 750 applications.

The Grooming Project’s new Lee’s Summit location, The Salon – A Grooming Project, is the focus of this award. The Salon offers full-service pet grooming and trains high-performing graduates of The Grooming Project’s grooming school in Kansas City, Missouri, to become salon managers and owners. In addition to hands-on experience, interns working in The Salon complete business classes, create a business plan, and receive support from multiple mentors with decades of business experience.

“This community of grantees is building field-wide standards around what quality entrepreneurship support looks like, and how to help everyone get there. The organizations that are working on these equitable programs, policies, and practices today will inform the field of entrepreneurship support for years to come,” said Natalie Self, program officer in entrepreneurship at the Kauffman Foundation.

The Salon – A Grooming Project is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To schedule an appointment, call 816.525.2440. For more information about The Salon and The Grooming Project, visit or find us on Facebook at



About EPEC, Inc.

Since 2016, Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC, Inc.) has operated The Grooming Project, a state-certified grooming school at 5829 Troost in Kansas City, Mo., dedicated to lifting families from poverty into self-sufficiency. To date, The Grooming Project has trained and graduated 42 adults with a history of generational poverty, chronic unemployment, domestic violence, substance abuse, and repeated trauma in the art of pet grooming. The Grooming Project has maintained a 100 percent job placement rate for graduates, with 70 percent maintaining employment at six months post-graduation. Sixty percent of 2017 graduates are already able to support their families without help from assistance programs.  Visit for more information.


About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works together with communities in education and entrepreneurship to create uncommon solutions and empower people to shape their futures and be successful. The Kauffman Foundation is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and uses its $2 billion in assets to collaboratively help people be self-sufficient, productive citizens. For more information, visit and connect with us and