Melissa Draut

Melissa Draut


I love my encore career as a grant writer and fundraiser!

In 2007, I launched a grant writing career after 20 years in the newspaper industry as a sales and marketing executive. Since then, I have secured hundreds of grants raising more than $4 million for client organizations with a 60% funding rate. Working with teams and project managers, I help to fund programs and capital projects. My strength is developing support from private and corporate foundations.

I have worked on contract with organizations that include:

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence (KCADV)

Maryhurst – residential program for neglected and abused teenage girls

Presentation Academy – urban Catholic secondary school for girls

Louisville Visual Art

Louisville Collegiate School

About Me

Skilled writer, effective organizer and polished presenter

B.A. English University of Louisville, M.A. Marketing Webster University

Ken’s wife, Sam’s Mom, Loki’s dog loving human

Journal writer, book club member, lap swimmer, yoga practitioner, cancer survivor, oil painter, church goer and porch sitter