Lexington, KY

Grants Coordinator, United Way of the Bluegrass

The Organization

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.

Position Overview

The role of the Grants Coordinator (Coordinator) is to identify opportunities for grant funding, prepare proposals, and coordinate internal resources in preparation for proposal submission.  The coordinator 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 Coordinator 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.


·         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.

How To Apply

Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to hr@uwbg.org

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