Grant Writer

Major Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for conducting the full range of activities required to prepare, submit, and manage grant proposals to foundation and corporate sources.
  • Perform prospect research on foundations and corporations to evaluate prospects for corporate and foundation grants.
  • Comply with all grant reporting as required by foundation/corporate donors.
  • Work with the Director of Development to provide regular written updates and stewardship to funders.
  • Understanding of institutional history and programs.
  • Maintain current records in a database and in paper files, including grant tracking and reporting.
  • Track statistics relevant to development and provide the department with written materials necessary for donor stewardship (visitor number and diversity, educational program attendance, etc).

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive proposals.
  • Strong editing skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of fundraising information sources.
  • Experience with proposal writing and institutional donors.
  • Knowledge of basic fundraising techniques and strategies.
  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research.
  • Strong contributor in team environments


  • Minimum of two years’ experience with grant writing.
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising.
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments.
  • Able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines.
  • Able to monitor and meet income goals.

About the Louisville Orchestra

The Louisville Orchestra (LO) was founded in 1937, and is the largest and only full-time professional orchestra in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and has been instrumental to the development of new music through commissioning, performance, and recording. The LO offers a wide variety of concerts and educational programs to the community featuring world-renowned guest artists and conductors, classic and pops performances, and extensive school, family and community engagement offerings. Internationally acclaimed conductor, composer, and musician, Teddy Abrams began his tenure as Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra in September 2014 and has brought the Orchestra national and international attention as well as reinvigorated its subscriber base and inspiring new audiences. The LO reaches more than 70,000 residents each season including 20,000 school children through in-school programs and concert hall presentations. Teddy Abrams’ vision is to position the Louisville Orchestra as “the most interesting orchestra on the planet” by defining what it means to be an orchestra in the 21st century.

Applicants for this position should submit a cover letter, resume, writing examples and fee requirements to Leslie Antoniel, Director of Development, at


The Louisville Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer.