Allison Shirk has more than twenty years experience writing grants and ten years experience as a freelance grantwriter. She has taught over fifty grantwriting classes to hundreds of non-profit professionals in the last four years. 


Before becoming an instructor and freelance grantwriter, she was Lead Grants Manager for Catholic Community Services of Western Washington. She is a Site Reviewer for 4Culture and a Guest Columnist for the Foundation Center - New York's blog. Allison is listed as a consultant with the prestigious Statewide Nonprofit Resource Directory hosted by 501 Commons. She is a former board member of the Puget Sound Grantwriters Association and the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Advancement Northwest Chapter. 

I have written successful grant applications to the following foundations:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Health Resources Services Administration

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Kresge Foundation

Boeing Foundation

Norcliffe Foundation

and many more.....




My Story

When I worked for Catholic Community Services, I had the great fortune of having a supervisor who believed strongly in continuing education. I was sent to attend every grantwriting workshop, seminar, and course that came to the Seattle area. I attended the good, the bad, and the great. When I later left the organization to become a freelance grantwriter and start a family, I quickly realized that there were more nonprofit organizations out there needing a grantwriter than I could possible take on. I decided rather than hiring other freelancers to help me, I would help nonprofits build their own internal capacity to write grants. I taught my first class at my local library and it was a hit. And I loved it!

Every since then, I have been continuously refining the curriculum based on feedback from my students and my new daily experiences in grantwriting with the handful of clients with which I work. The result is a proven set of workshops that participants enjoy and learn from.

I invite you to contact me with any questions you have or to to reach me regarding an teach in your community. Together we can make a difference!