Talk to the Experts

As part of our mission, we offer Kentucky nonprofits free 1-on-1 sessions with grant professionals. These one-hour teleconference sessions are perfect if you have a specific question about a grant application or if you need help getting started with grants.
Bookings are first-come-first-serve for Kentucky nonprofits, with a focus on under-resourced organizations. To ensure fair access to this resource, we limit organizations to one session per month and reserve the right to cancel bookings that appear to violate our requirements.

Melissa Sesco Vermillion, GPC, MBA

Melissa has extensive experience with state and federal grant writing as well as a particular interest in assisting rural nonprofits and communities achieve their goals. She has successfully written grant applications to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Development Administration, Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization Program, State of Kentucky, Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Appalachian Regional Commission, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA), U.S. Department of Education Trio Programs, Kentucky Community and Technical College System, James Graham Brown Foundation and several other private funders, securing over $34.8 million in grant funding.

Kathleen J. Fleck

Kathleen is available to assist nonprofits of all types, but she has a particular interest and knowledge of programming involving: Housing and homelessness/unhoused, substance abuse, BIPOC organizations, and youth. She is particularly good at storytelling, crafting compelling narratives, and helping nonprofits locate funding opportunities and grantors at all levels.

Lauren Yates

Lauren has extensive corporate and philanthropic foundation experience as well as state and federal grant writing. Lauren has written grant requests from $2,500 to $5 million. She has extensive knowledge of Louisville and Kentucky foundations and private funders, and her national experience includes grant wins from the Hearst Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, Toyota, Honda, State Farm, and many more. She has experience with federal grant writing through Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Agriculture, Department of Justice, Department of Health & Human Services, and Department of Education.