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Gardner-Webb University Establishes Partnership with Grants Consulting Firm

McAllister & Quinn will Support Faculty and Staff in Securing Funding to Enhance Academic Programs 

BOILING SPRINGS, N.C.—Gardner-Webb University has announced a partnership with McAllister & Quinn, a consulting firm that will support the University’s efforts to secure federal and private foundation grants. The company’s expert staff will help GWU pursue and obtain funding for scholarships and student support, academic programs, research, and equipment.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Karen Aubrey noted that the partnership will benefit Gardner-Webb’s faculty and students in many ways. “They will help us to identify major grants that we are a good fit to apply for, and they will help us to form the best grant narrative and application to, hopefully, win that grant,” she affirmed. “I’m most excited that they will provide us with the knowledge, experience, and workload capacity to help jumpstart a culture of grants-seeking on campus. Their mentoring will be of great value as we develop our own groundswell of grants experience.”

A student points to the board as she gives a presentation in science class

McAllister & Quinn maintains the largest and most specialized grant consultant network in the country. Gardner-Webb’s faculty and staff will work with writing teams from a network of over 250 subject matter experts. In addition, McAllister & Quinn will assign an in-house professional, writer, reviewer, and editor to grant projects.

“This really could be an academic game-changer for our institution,” shared Gardner-Webb President Dr. William M. Downs. “For at least the next two years, McAllister & Quinn will work with our faculty on no fewer than eight major extramural grant submissions. By ‘major’ I mean high six-figure to seven-figure awards. Success in one or more of those proposals will dramatically enhance resources and opportunities for our students and for our teacher-scholars. I’m excited and eager for us to get started.”

McAllister & Quinn offers project management and guidance through each step of the process:

  • Matching Gardner-Webb’s qualifications to potential grants.
  • Creating a grants draft in collaboration with faculty and faculty-driven ideas.
  • Intensive editing of grants narrative and budget drafts.
  • Consultation regarding grants submission and post-award requirements.

Gardner-Webb University is North Carolina’s recognized leader in private, Christian higher education. A Carnegie-Classified Doctoral/Professional University, GWU is home to nine colleges and schools, more than 80 undergraduate and graduate majors, and a world-class faculty. Located on a beautiful 225-acre campus in Boiling Springs, N.C., Gardner-Webb prepares graduates to impact their chosen professions, equips them with the skills to advance the frontiers of knowledge, and inspires them to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of others. Ignite your future at

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