Welcome to my Website
Hi There! I'm Melissa Uhl Draut (pronounced like drought as in no water).Folks frequently ask me for advice on grant writing,
how I published my children’s book and book recommendations.
So here’s the website with the answers
to what I’ve been working on professionally and personally.
Glad to share with friends, colleagues and family.
Coming soon, a blog on “What I’m working on. . .” Read More About Me
I am a recovered newspaper person (after 24 years), and now have my own business (Melissa Draut Grant Writing LLC) where I work as a grant writer raising funds for non-profit organizations. My previous corporate life started as an ad agency copywriter and then advanced in marketing, sales and advertising management positions at The Courier-Journal. After leaving the newspaper business in 2007, I started working as a grant writer (for a former C-J editor – small world!), and published a children’s book The Clash of the Tooth Fairy & Santa Claus: An Adventure Fantasy Based on an Almost True Story.
As a newspaper executive, I honed my skills as a writer, organizer and presenter – and learned how to meet deadlines every day – all good things that easily transferred to grant writing and fundraising. I have a B.A. in English from the University of Louisville (go Cards!), and a Masters in Marketing from Webster University of St. Louis.
As a board member for the Fundraising Executives of Metro Louisville (FREML), I developed a Mentor Program helping new fundraising professionals connect with members, and I frequently coach new grant writers. I also have fun sharing my book and passion for good writing through readings and presentations at local schools.
I enjoy spending time with husband Ken, son Sam and dog Rosco. I am a journal writer, lap swimmer, yoga practitioner, Pilates fan, avid reader and dog walker. I hate to shop, but like to cook. My best friend Gail and I are huge GLEE fans.
From the Blog
Since much of my career has been in sales, I have seen the power of relationship building. Using relationship building skills in grant writing is even more critical as we “sell” our organizations. At the GPA Conference, Henry Berman – CEO, Association of Small Foundations, also foundation President and trustee of a family foundation [...]
David Bowers, VP of the DC market for Enterprise Community Partners, was the most inspiring speaker I heard at the Grant Professionals Association Conference in October. He lifted the audience with his inspiring stories, preacher-like delivery and intelligence problem solving on the issues of affordable housing. What about his talk resonated with me? First, I’m [...]
When I first started grant writing five years ago, I used Dr. Beverly Browning’s Grant Writing for Dummies book as my guide. I had never written a grant before, and her book offered me a crash course. The best endorsement for this book is that the grant I wrote got funded! So you can imagine [...]