Capacity Building & Training

McAllister & Quinn works with clients to build organization-wide capacity for grants success.

Spanning the entire pre-award grants lifecycle, we help harness ideas and innovation and raise our clients’ potential to submit for and receive more external funding. We design and deliver in-person and virtual workshops, individual and cohort coaching, webinars, and other types of training tailored to clients’ most salient needs.



Organizations must keep pace with ever-changing standards, best-practices, and policies around seeking and managing grants. We work to ensure that our clients build and grow an effective grant infrastructure or enhance grant systems already in place. We train grants professionals and leaders in identifying organizational and stakeholder needs, setting strategic directions, and designing and implementing strategies to best meet clients’ long-term goals.

Grants Writing

As competition for Federal and foundation awards increase, many are finding that they need to improve their grant writing know-how. Tailored grant writing training shows our clients how to turn a very good idea into a very competitive grant proposal. We help proposers make a compelling case, craft the narrative, and align with sponsors’ expectations and requirements.

Highlights & Accomplishments

We worked with 20 faculty and staff at a higher education institution to develop private foundation LOIs and proposals. This resulted in the client's submission of approximately $750K in new projects to private foundations.

Using our proven coaching model, faculty from a private university in California received over $1M in funded proposals from the NSF CAREER competition.

Participants in the University of Illinois’ annual new faculty training cohort have secured more than $20M for grant projects they worked on with McAllister & Quinn. Most recently, two investigators won a $7.2M award from the Department of Agriculture.

Case Studies

Crafting a Compelling NIH Specific Aims

The NIH Specific Aims page can be one of the most difficult for a principal investigator to write, but it...

SWOT Analysis for Improved Grant Management

We provided SWOT analysis services to a university in Virginia to help enhance its ability to pursue and receive funded...

Post Award Institute

In response to growing demands for technical training on both pre-award and post-award components of grants management, McAllister & Quinn,...