Michelle Leight

Freelance Grant Writer & Proposal Writer

Location:Keller, Texas, United States
2 Skills
Michelle Leight
5424 Royal Lytham Road
Keller, Texas 76244
(817) 400-2637 or (484) 951-3256

An energetic, compassionate and savvy grant writer/researcher with over twelve years of experience in social services and education as both a consultant and Executive Director. Extensive community building experience working with law enforcement, social services, faith-based organizations, the business community and school districts. Instrumental in obtaining over $2,500,000 annually and consistently finding new dollars for client organizations. Areas of expertise include:

• Donor Research
• Proposal Development
• Program Evaluation
• Grant Management


Leight Consulting Services, LLC 2001–Present
Yorkville, IL; Macungie, PA; Keller, TX
President/Principal Consultant
Provide consultation and expertise in all aspects of grants – research, writing, reviewing, program development, etc. - for predominantly education and health services non-profit organizations. Work closely with local and state government and internal staff. Recent projects include:

• Completed multi-school district proposal for major metropolitan area in excess of $1.5 million for technology advancements for student population.

• Created all aspects of the grant (i.e. program plan, application for federal and foundation funding, budget, etc.). Identified over twenty potential funding opportunities for social services agency after brief consultation with board members to clarify and prioritize needs and goals of the organization.

• Created all aspects of a program including budget to provide diabetes education to low income individuals in rural area. Resulted in a federal grant application in excess of $800,000 to provide medical services for rural population after just one meeting with executive director.

• Coordinated and wrote multiple grants totally $850,000 for family service organization. Led staff training to create programs plans for funding opportunities.

Kendall County Youth Service Board Yorkville, IL 2000 – 2003
Executive Director & Committee Chair
Oversaw Illinois Department of Human Services grant worth $100,000 with 10 contract service providers. Selected accomplishments include:

• Managed all aspects of county-wide youth needs assessment. Results used to create new goals and objectives for the board. Identified and persuaded steering committee to use an existing survey instrument, saving $10,000 and associated development time. Presented project overview to superintendents to get approval to administer in their schools using volunteers.

• Supervised 10 sub-contractual partnerships and ensured all goals and objectives were met as defined by the board.

• Maintained key community relationships to ensure financial sustainability.

Education Service Network Morris, IL 2000 – 2002
Prevention Specialist
• Provided county-wide outcome based prevention programming to youth for a 60,000 member county. Developed and created curriculum for seven alcohol, tobacco and drug prevention programs. Managed the following grants:
o United States Department of Justice’s Community Oriented Policing - $250,000
o Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission’s Youth In Community Policing - $25,000
o Illinois Department of Human Service’s Community Based Prevention - $75,000
o Illinois Department of Public Health’s Illinois Tobacco-Free Communities - $100,000

• Organized all details of Kendall County Health & Back to School Fair attended by approximately 300 people. Acquired donations, managed vendor relations, assured health code compliance, scheduled entertainment, managed volunteers and budget.

• Created and delivered throughout the community school district an award winning violence prevention curriculum attended by 10,000 people. Worked closely with local police department and University of Illinois to develop this internationally recognized program utilizing mentorship principles.

F.E. Wheaton, Inc. Yorkville, IL 1998 – 2000
Sales Specialist
Handled all aspects of providing customer service on house and construction plans resulting in over $1M annually.

Kane County State’s Attorney Geneva, IL 1996 – 1998
Victim Services Counselor
Advised crime victims of their legal rights, coordinated community services and updated victims on status of criminal proceedings.


B.A. Applied Psychology Liberty University
Skills (2) Rating
Grant Writing
Proposal Writing