About Us

J. William McFarland, Jr. – Founder

J-William-McFarland-Jr2J. William McFarland, Jr. is an Alabama native and resident. He holds Grant Proposal Writing Certification from Fort Hayes State University and reviews grants for Southeast Missouri State University’s Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Throughout his career, he has successfully authored over $5 million in awarded grant proposals from the following agencies and organizations:

  • The United States Department of Homeland Security
  • The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • The United States Department of the Interior
  • The United States Department of Justice
  • The United States Department of Labor
  • The Appalachian Regional Commission
  • The Delta Regional Authority
  • The Alabama Department of Economic & Community Affairs
  • The University of West Alabama Division of Educational Outreach
  • The Alabama Civil Justice Foundation
  • The Community Foundation of West Alabama
  • The Compass Bank Foundation
  • The Daniel Foundation of Alabama

Boards and Associations

Mr. McFarland serves on a variety of boards and associations, including the Southern Rail Commission (by appointment of the Governor of Alabama), the Tuscaloosa Children’s Center, the Pickensville Rosenwald School Community Center Council, and the Finance and Granting Committee of Region III Council of the Governor’s Office of Workforce Development. Mr. McFarland also serves as an appointed member of the Technical Coordinating Committee for the Tuscaloosa Metropolitan Planning Organization. Mr. McFarland has completed the economic development certification course of the Auburn University Economic and Community Development Institute, and holds the AIDT Certified Leader I designation. Mr. McFarland is also a 2011 graduate of the Delta Regional Authority Leadership Institute Executive Academy.

Lauren B. McFarland – Director of Operations

LEB photoLauren B. McFarland is an accomplished professional consultant with 7+ years of previous experience in a corporate and higher education environment.  She earned a B.A. degree in Communication Studies and Political Science (2005) and a M.A. degree in Advertising and Public Relations (2007) from the University of Alabama.  Lauren also earned a grant writing certification from Fort Hayes State University (2014).  She has core competencies and skill sets in the areas of sales, marketing and branding, event coordination, and operational efficiencies.  Lauren has particular specialties in fiscal and budgetary management and is skilled in building relationships and driving strategy that lead to increased profitability in the promotion of products, programs, and services.



Angelia L. Mance – Project Development Manager

ALM photoAngelia L. Mance earned her Bachelor of Science degree with a double major at the University of North Alabama, a Master of Science at South Dakota State University, and completed a second Master of Science degree and her doctoral coursework at Kent State University. Additionally, she earned Professional Certification in Online Teaching and Learning through Florida State University.

With more than seventeen years of experience in teaching and administration for education programs and institutions, and business and industry, Ms. Mance has in-depth involvement in fundraising, development, and grant/proposal writing; creating and implementing online and traditional instructional and assessment programs for a wide variety of educational entities. She excels in outreach and developing excellent internal and external relationships, policy development, and project management, and possesses a collaborative management style that enhances productivity and achieves objectives.

Ms. Mance is author of several academic books and numerous articles and chapters. She has previously worked with agencies such as the National Geographic Society, Intergraph Corporation, Data Recognition Corporation, National Council for Geographic Education, the College Board, and the United States Census Bureau. She has served as a Federal Grant Field Reader and Reviewer for United States Government agencies.

Our Mission

McFarland Consultants seek to improve the quality of life in Alabama by facilitating effective research, writing, advocacy, and grant project development for our clients. Our goal is to provide our clients with the most comprehensive one-stop center for their grant project needs.


“Billy McFarland greatly assisted the City of Eutaw in the recently-completed Delta Regional Authority grant project ... (continue)

“We are in Phase I of restoring an old Rosenwald School Building to be used as a Community Center. When I shared with Billy about our project...(continue)


J. William McFarland, Jr.
Buffex, LLC
429 Green Springs Highway Suite 161-402
Birmingham, Alabama 35209
Website: http://mcfarlandgrants.com