McAllister & Quinn’s Ellen Riddleberger and Annie Kurowski recently led a program session at the annual National Marine Animal Health and Stranding Network (NMAHEN) Conference. The program, “Grants Workshop: ‘From Prospecting to Program Design: How to Identify and Win Grants to Meet Your Institution’s Goals and Objectives,’” gave an overview of the resources to locate and apply for federal and foundation grants. Riddleberger, Vice President at McAllister Quinn, and Kurowski, Managing Director of Grants and Federal Affairs, provided advice on contacting local and national foundations, shared tips for developing outcomes and performance measures for effective evaluation, and highlighted grant opportunities relevant to the field of marine biology and conservation.
The NMAHEN Conference is hosted by NOAA’s Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program and brought together a diverse group of government agencies, NGOs, and conservation advocates. The conference featured a variety of topics on marine animal health, stranding and entanglement response, habitat issues, and large-scale emergency response drills. The conference was held at the US Fish and Wildlife’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.