Grants Strategy & Proposal Writing

McAllister & Quinn works with clients to develop an effective strategy for seeking external grant funding and assists clients with composing competitive, winning proposals.

When pursuing external grant funding, setting priorities is essential. McAllister & Quinn works with our clients on a daily basis to proactively identify funding sources that align with their strategic priorities. We then utilize teams of project managers and proposal development specialists to craft competitive grant applications for submission to Federal agencies and national foundations. We support proposal development efforts of all sizes from small or single-investigator proposals, to institution-wide grants, to complex, center-level research proposals.


Grants Strategy

Although institutions seeking grant funding may be tempted to chase every available funding source, such an approach typically results in frustration and failure. McAllister & Quinn works with clients to develop a grants strategy that forecasts funding opportunities 12 to 24 months in advance. This focused, strategic effort ensures that our clients are focusing concentration on the grant opportunities best aligned with organizational goals.

Our Expert Proposal Development and Grant Writing Service

What makes our service so successful is that we work closely with each client to identify and target funding opportunities that align with their strategic goals. This ensures that each client is well positioned to compete for the opportunity and receives expert guidance throughout the entire application process. We deploy trained project and proposal managers, subject matter experts, professional writers, reviewers, editors, coaches, and graphic designers to ensure the client is well-positioned to win the award.  McAllister & Quinn maintains the largest and most specialized grant consultant network in the country.

By the Numbers


Federal agencies who collectively received thousands of applications completed by our clients with McAllister & Quinn’s assistance


Experienced grant consultants, writers, subject matter experts, former agency officials and federal program officers in the McAllister & Quinn Grants Consultant Network


In competitive grant funding from across a broad spectrum of federal agencies, private foundations and other sources


An extensive library of previously funded grant proposals we can share with our clients

Recent Successes

$10M for Counseling and Support Services

$10M to the Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara from the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Healthy Marriage and…

$1.2M for STEM education

McAllister & Quinn worked with a University client to pursue a highly competitive and prestigious student scholarship grant through the…

$1.3M to Expand Access for Affordable Health Care Services

$1.3M to the North Orange County Regional Health Foundation from the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) New Access Points…

Major grant award from the U.S. Department of Education

McAllister & Quinn recently worked with an institution of higher education on a grant submission to the U.S. Department of…

“Our work with McAllister & Quinn has been incredibly beneficial to our grant seeking efforts. They have a great team of in-house professionals and a talented network of grant writers. The collective work has produced millions of dollars in funding for scholarships, retention efforts, and student support services.” Executive Director of the Center for College Access and Success, Northeastern Illinois University Dr. Wendy Stack “McAllister & Quinn helped us win two complex multi-million dollar federal grants. Their comprehensive, collaborative approach to grant writing took the stress out of the process. McAllister & Quinn was critical to our success. We highly recommend their services.” President & CEO, Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County Louise McCarthy “McAllister & Quinn has been a critical partner for our nonprofit. With their help, our grantseeking efforts are not only significantly more successful, but also strategic. As a result of this partnership, we have won millions of dollars to enhance and expand our programs.” Executive Director, Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara Dr. Lisa Brabo “McAllister & Quinn has been a great partner for many years and together we have produced millions of dollars in revenue for strategic initiatives at Webster University. Our faculty and staff have gained a great deal in collaborating on grants with McAllister & Quinn and this has greatly enhanced our grant seeking culture and capacity on campus. The team at McAllister & Quinn is varied and has a deep knowledge about federal agency and private foundation grants as well as the demands of universities like Webster.” Chancellor Webster University and a client for nine years Dr. Elizabeth Stroble