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Grant Writer

Vice President, Community Impact



Community Impact


Regular – Part-Time — Exempt

About United Way of the Bluegrass

United Way of the Bluegrass (UWBG) works to create the opportunity for all members of our community to have a better life. We focus on the building blocks of a good life — a quality education, financial stability for individuals and families, and good health. The work of UWBG focuses on strategic initiatives, public education, advocacy, outcomes and evaluation, development and strengthening of partnerships/ collaborations, convening, resource mobilization and investment as well as backbone and engagement strategies and activities. We bring together the voices, the expertise, and the resources to define, articulate and implement a common agenda for change for our region. That is what it means to "Live United" in Central Kentucky.



The role of the Grant Writer is to identify opportunities for grant funding, prepare proposals, and coordinate internal resources in preparation for proposal submission.  The Grant Writer will be well versed in UWBG’s current program portfolio as well as the organization’s future programmatic aspirations.  S/he will match opportunities with UWBG’s mission and will work to develop new and bespoke programming that speaks to those opportunities in coordination with other staff.  The Grant Writer will marshal UWBG’s internal resources to ensure that all proposal requirements are met and that proposals fully represent the capability of UWBG and its partners.



  • Identifies grant opportunities appropriate to UWBG’s unique capabilities and its mission in coordination with the organization’s leadership.

  • Gathers information and resources needed to write competitive proposals for a variety of grant and funding opportunities.

  • Generates new programming concepts as appropriate, and/or theorizes expansion of existing programming in a way that speaks to each opportunity.

  • Drafts proposals and gathers appropriate accompanying materials for approval by UWBG senior staff.

  • Meets internal and external deadlines associated with each individual proposal.

  • Meets with stakeholders regularly to coordinate information gathering and disseminate proposal-related information as necessary.

  • Develops measurement framework for all applicable proposals and programs.

  • Accomplishes organization goals by accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests and exploring opportunities to add value to job accomplishments.


❖LEADERSHIP – Visionary leader who can develop goals and strategies and productively leverage

partnerships for community engagement and contributions. Entrepreneurship: A creative, critical thinker, self-motivated. Enthusiasm: High

energy individual with an infectious ‘can-do’ attitude and an obvious sense of urgency; passionate about citizen mobilization and community change.


❖MISSION-FOCUSED - A top priority is to create real social change that leads to better lives and healthier communities. This competency drives performance and professional motivations.


❖RELATIONSHIP ORIENTED - Understands that people come before process and is astute in cultivating and managing relationships toward a common goal.


❖COLLABORATOR - Understands the roles and contributions of all sectors of the community and can mobilize resources (financial and human) through meaningful engagement.


❖RESULTS-DRIVEN - Dedicated to shared and measurable goals for the common good, creating, resourcing, scaling, and leveraging strategies and innovations for broad investment and impact.


❖BRAND STEWARD - A steward of the brand and understands his/her role in growing and protecting the reputation and results of the greater network.


❖STRATEGIC COMMUNITY COLLABORATION - The Grant Writer engages diverse stakeholders to accurately and effectively assess community needs and, with credibility, authenticity, and humility, strategically guides United Way to contribute to the community’s priorities. Influences and inspires community leaders (e.g., individuals, corporate, government, etc.) to partner with UWBG.


❖DEEP COMMUNITY EXPERTISE - The Grant Writer is an expert on community issues and challenges who has thorough knowledge of the data trends, research, and environment and community stakeholders. Proactively works to identify and address complex issues by providing leadership around gathering, interpreting, and using relevant data to inform and drive strategy development.


❖PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION - The Grant Writer understands the community and the philanthropic interests of donors and investors. Identifies community strategies to connect with the interests of various investors and develops solutions and products as investment opportunities to connect donor aspirations with community needs.


❖ADVOCACY AND PUBLIC POLICY - The Grant Writer works with community leaders and elected officials to build on the United Way mission and advocates on education, impact and health issues. Encourages partner organizations to engage in advocacy and to support issues important for the community.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in social work, organizational management, related field required, or experience equivalent. 

  • 2-3 years grant writing, technical writing, or proposal writing experience.

  • 2-3 years of experience in a nonprofit or human services environment required.  

  • Reliable transportation is necessary.  

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Strong project management skills with timely and consistent attention to follow up.

  • Personal leadership within a team environment – multi-tasker, self-motivated and takes initiative, shares credit and takes responsibility for actions.

  • Effective problem solver and decision maker.

  • Computer literate: MS Office Suite; database knowledge a plus.


The employee is regularly required to communicate clearly, in oral and written formats, with others in person, over the phone and via other devices. The employee must be able to transcribe, read extensively, prepare and analyze data and figures, operate a computer and other standard office machinery. The employee is required to travel regularly to locations outside of UWBG facilities to set up displays and presentations in both physical and electronic forms. The employee must have the ability to lift, carry, push, and/or pull objects weighing up to 50lbs. 



The position is part-time (20 hours per week) with the possibility of full-time employment in the future. Compensation commensurate with experience. 



Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to

$30-$33 per hour, 20 hours per week

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