​A Proposal Writing Retreat in the Pennsylvania Countryside

January 6-10, 2019

March 4-8, 2019

JULY 8-12, 2018

November 4-8, 2018





Photo by Scott Maynard Photography
Meg Cantwell Headshot



Megan Queen Cantwell ​is an independent proposal development and strategic planning consultant based in Pittsburgh, PA, and Washington, DC. She has led and contributed to a range of strategic planning and grantseeking efforts for secondary and postsecondary institutions and nonprofit organizations since 1994.

Meg has delivered proposal development workshops on nearly 100 college and university campuses. Recent projects have included proposal writing and editing for the U.S. Department of Education, including the federal TRIO programs and CCAMPIS through the Office of Postsecondary Education, and the Office of English Language Acquisition's National Professional Development Program; the National Institutes of Health's R15 and R01 mechanisms; the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program; the U.S. Department of Commerce's Office of Innovation and Improvement; the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and national foundations. Her efforts on behalf of one client led to nearly $1 million in funding through six successful submissions.

Having held positions with federal and state government agencies, community organizations, and education institutions, Meg is adept at facilitating strategic partnerships. She has contributed to statewide initiatives to align priorities and capitalize on resources across sectors. In Michigan and Ohio, in particular, Meg's efforts have drawn partners from the education, manufacturing, and small-business sectors together to create ongoing collaborations.

In addition to her work with individual campuses and state systems, Meg also has extensive experience as a peer reviewer for federal agencies. She served as senior consultant for special initiatives in the AASCU Grants Resource Center for 13 years, holding the roles of editor of GrantWeek, the lead on GRC's external partnership and advocacy activities, and adviser to the executive director on long-range planning activities. Prior to AASCU/GRC, she worked as an analyst in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and a program manager for the Florida Department of Children and Families.