Kristen Tidwell

Director of Grants + Scholarships


About Kristen

Kristen oversees all of the grantmaking at BGCF. She is responsible for administering the Community Foundation’s competitive grantmaking and scholarship programs.

Kristen has spent more than 25 years working in nonprofits:

  • Assistant Patron Services Manager, Louisville Orchestra – 1992 – 1995
  • Administrative Assistant for Chamber Music with James Tocco Series – 1995-1997
  • Development & Outreach Director – 1997 – 2011
  • Development Director – Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft (KMAC) – 2011-2012
  • Development Director – Clifton Center – 2013 – 2015

Kristen lives in Lexington with her husband, Eric Meiners, who is a professor in the Communications Department at Eastern Kentucky University. In her time outside the office, Kristen enjoys time singing, attending concerts, baking, cooking, entertaining, and traveling with her husband.


  • B.A. in Humanities, University of Louisville
  • M.A. in Arts Administration, University of Cincinnati – College Conservatory of Music
  • M.B.A., University of Cincinnati
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