January - 2019

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"


 California Consulting INC announced the company reached 900 funded grant applications written for clients.  

Since opening in 2004, California Consulting grant writers have written 900 competitive federal, state, and private foundation grant application that have been awarded for clients.  

While announcing the news California Consulting Director of Communications, Shasta Bell, commented

"Reaching 900 awarded competitive applications is an enormous achievement. Our grant writing team works exceptionally hard and cares deeply about the applications we draft. I would like to take this moment to acknowledge the hard work of our grant writing team that helped us reach the 900 mark. California Consulting prides itself on writing winning applications and this is a proud day for the Company and our entire team."  

California Consulting, LLC was founded in 2004 and is the state's largest grant writing company . Our clients include many of the state's most respected cities, school districts, and special districts as well as non-profits and others.

California Consulting Secures over $9.6 Million in Funding for Clients in the last 30 days

California Consulting has secured over $9.6 million in the last 30 days for its clients. This incredible achievement was reached through the vision of our client's leadership and the dedication and hardwork of our grant writing team. 

Caltrans Active Transportation Program -   $4,390,000 

 CalTrans HSIP Cycle 9-                                        $2,866,030

Land and Water Conservation Fund -                       $1,500,000 


 DOJ Body Worn Camera Grant -                           $511,756  

CalTrans HSIP Cycle 9-                                          $247,435 

CTC Local Solution Grant-                                        $150,000 

                                              Grand Total:    $9,665,221 

Castro Valley Unified School District Receives Large Return on Investment 

Castro Valley Unified School District has been a client since September of 2013. In that short amount of time California Consulting has written the following grant applications that have been awarded:

Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program                   $30,000

OCDE Scale-Up MTSS Statewide Initiative                          $25,000

CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing - 
Classified Employee Teacher Credentialing Program            $80,000

U.S. Soccer Foundation "Safe Places to Play" Grant             $44,412

CDE School Breakfast & Summer Food Service Program    $82,361

Bay Area Air Quality Management District - 
Lower Emissions School Bus Program Grant                      $659,923

CalRecycle Tire Derived Product Grant                               $149,825

Grand total of $1,071,521   which is a 446% return on their investment!

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 

New Clients:   
California Consulting is honored that the City of Orange Cove and Vallecitos School District has asked us to provide grant writing services. We look forward to strategically working with them to help turn their vision into their legacy.


1/8/19- California Consulting Associate, Lee Neves, attended the swearing in ceremony of Merced Sherriff Vern Warnke who is serving his 2nd term. 

1/7/19- Lee Neves, CC Associate, attended Kimberly Helms Lewis's swearing in ceremony for Merced County District Attorney. 

12/20/18-  The California Consulting, Inc management team had a very productive end of the year meeting on Thursday. The team reviewed company progress in 2018 and established goals for 2019. Thanks to our management team for their hard work and dedication to our clients and for securing funding across California.

12/17/18-  California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian attended the fantastic Los Angeles County Business Federation Holiday Party at City Club LA. It was a packed event with wall to wall community leaders from across L.A. County. 

12/13/18- Maryann Marino, Associate, attended the Orange County Business Council Annual Holiday Event. 

12/10/18- California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian was pleased to attend the League of California Cities Annual All Cities Holiday event at Union Station in Los Angeles. The reception was a full house with reps from almost all of the 88 cities across L.A. County.  California Consulting, Inc is a proud "League Partner" of the League of California Cities Steve is pictured with Los Angeles County Division, League of California Cities Director Jennifer Quan. 

12/4/18- California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian attended the Central City Association Holiday Reception\at the historic and beautiful Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles. Congratulations to the Central City Association and CEO Jessica Lall for a very successful holiday reception. The packed event was attended by more than 600 of L.A. County's top leaders from government and business. CCA and Jessica do fantastic work for our community.

12/3/18- Steve Samuelian, California Consulting, Inc CEO, and U.S. Senator Kamala Harris State Director Julie Rodriguez met to discuss federal policy issues facing our State and Region.

12/1/18- Steve Samuelian, CEO CC INC, is pleased to be at the California Consulting, Inc booth with California School Boards Association leaders Dennis Meyers and Allison Gallagher. California Consulting is proud to support CSBA and provide grant writing services for many CSBA members through the State. The CSBA annual conference was once again a big success with over 1,500 school board members and superintendents attending from all over California.  

Issue: 37
In This Issue
City of Baldwin Park Enhances Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Through the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) Grant Program

The City of Baldwin Park received $40,000 through the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for the Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Grant Program. These  grant funds that were awarded in October of 2017 to reduce the number of pedestrian and bicyclist accidents.

The $40,000 funded classroom education, walk and bike to school events, as well as presentations and workshops. It will also fund bilingual educational and encouragement materials, recruiting and training, bicycle safety class instructions, and bicycle safety intercept booths, and many other community based awareness programs.

In addition, a Safety Ambassador Training and Walking Audit was organized and five bike safety classes here held with the community and Baldwin Park Unified School District. The program was also able to provide over 200 helmets and 250 headlight/ brake light packs.

This program would not be possible without the vision of the city of Baldwin Park's leadership to protect and promote the quality of life for its residents. 

California Consulting is proud to benefit the community of Baldwin Park through our grant services and would like to thank our Project Manager, David Marquez for the successful application.

*Information for this article was found on  Baldwin Park Now*
Team Member Spotlight: Sigfrido Rivera

California Consulting is excited to spotlight our Project Manager Sigfrido Rivera.  Sigfrido brings to California Consulting 30 years of experience in grant writing, grant program administration, urban planning, land acquisition, airport land use compatibility, and public outreach at the municipal level.

Previously, during his 30-year career with the City of Ontario, Sigfrido successfully secured and implemented $126 million in federal and local grants. Before retiring from the City, he negotiated and implemented an Acquisition, Disposition and Development Agreement to build and 16-acre business park (under construction) near Ontario International Airport. Sigfrido's extensive experience in grant writing and implementation proved instrumental in securing the grant funding to complete the voluntary property buyout phase of the project and relocate the residents from the project site. He served on the City's Development Advisory Board and on the Ontario International Airport Noise Advisory Committee for over 10 years.

Sigfrido holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from California State University, Northridge and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is fluent in Spanish. 


CalRecycle: Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program (FY 2018-19)

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Amount: Up to $350,000

Match: Not stated

Eligibility: Cities, Counties, special districts, JPA, nonprofit, public school districts, California UC and state colleges and community colleges

The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) administers a program to provide opportunities to divert waste tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content tire products. The Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grant Program (Program) provides assistance to civil engineers in solving a variety of engineering challenges. TDA, which is produced from shredded tires, is lightweight, free-draining, and a less expensive alternative to conventional lightweight aggregates.

Projects fall into one of four categories:

Category 1: Lightweight fill (slope stabilization, embankment fill, landslide repair, and retaining walls).

Category 2: Vibration mitigation (under rail lines).

Category 3: Low impact development/storm water management.

Category 4: Landfill application (aggregate replacement projects such as leachate and gas collection systems, drainage layers, leachate injection).  Projects that are currently underway or that have been completed at the same location within the same facility within three years of application are not eligible. Landfill application projects do not include use of shredded waste tires as alternative daily cover or alternative intermediate cover.  Additionally, these landfill application project(s) are not eligible for consideration as a Very Large Project (see below for definition) and are limited to a maximum of $350,000 even if the project exceeds 4,000 tons.

Department of Justice: OVW FY 2019 Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

Deadline: February 13, 2019

A mount: Up to $450,000

Match: No

Eligibility: Counties, cities, state governments, Native American tribal governments

The Transitional Housing Assistance Grants for Victims of Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking (Transitional Housing Program) supports programs that provide 6-24 months of transitional housing with support services for victims who are homeless1 or in need of transitional housing as a result of a situation of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, or stalking; and for whom emergency shelter services or other crisis intervention services are unavailable or insufficient.

Department of Justice: OVW FY 2019 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Program

Deadline: February 14, 2019

Amount: Up to $750,000

Match: No

Eligibility: Nonprofits, state governments, cities, special districts, counties, Native American tribal governments, public and state-controlled institutions of higher education

Victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural communities face unique challenges and barriers to receiving assistance rarely encountered in urban areas. The geographic isolation, transportation barriers, economic structure, particularly strong social and cultural pressures, and lack of available services in rural jurisdictions significantly compound the problems confronted by those seeking support and services to end the violence in their lives. These factors also complicate the ability of the criminal justice system to investigate and prosecute sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases. In addition, socio-cultural, economic, and geographic barriers create difficulties for victim services providers to identify and assist victims of these crimes. The United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) (www.ovw.usdoj.gov) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for the Fiscal Year 2019 Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, and Stalking Assistance Program. This program furthers the Department's mission by supporting projects designed to address and prevent sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking in rural jurisdictions.

Department of Housing and Community Development: Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (Round 4)

Deadline: February 11, 2019

Amount: $1 million to $20 million
Match: Not specified

Eligibility: A Locality, public housing authority, redevelopment successor agency, transit agency or transit operator, Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), local Transportation Commission, Congestion Management Agency, Joint Powers Authority (JPA), school district, facilities district, University or Community College District. A Developer or Program Operator. A Federally Recognized Indian Tribe.

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) and California Department of Housing and Community Development (Department) hereby announce the availability of approximately $395 million in funding for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program. The AHSC Program is administered by SGC and implemented by the Department. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) provides the quantification methodology for determining the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions for the AHSC Program. These AHSC Program funds will be used for loans or grants, or a combination thereof, to projects that will achieve GHG emissions reductions to benefit all California communities, particularly through increasing accessibility to affordable housing, and key destinations via low-carbon transportation resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled (VMT) through shortened or reduced trip length or mode shift from Single Occupancy Vehicle (SOV) use to transit, bicycling or walking.



California Department of Education: After School 
Education and Safety (ASES)

Deadline: January 22, 2019

Amount: Maximum of $122,850 for Elementary Schools. Maximum of $163,800 for Middle Schools. $8.19 per student proposed to be served, per day.

Match: Yes

Eligibility: Local educational agencies, other organizations or agencies. ASES programs at elementary and middle/junior high schools. Nonprofit organizations may apply, but the local educational agency or the public agency must agree to act as the fiscal agent of the grant.

The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe, constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Funding is designed to: (1) maintain existing before and after school program funding; and (2) provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools that submit quality applications throughout California. The application is for new grantees as well as existing grant recipients who wish to increase funding.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Victims of Child Abuse Regional Children's Advocacy Centers Program

Deadline: January 22, 2019

Amount: Up to $1.25 million

Match: No

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to local public and private nonprofit children's advocacy center agencies and organizations that can demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of experience providing regional or national training and technical assistance to a wide range of multidisciplinary professionals and others (including children's advocacy center staff) with respect to the judicial handling and investigative response to child abuse and neglect cases.

The goal of this solicitation is to fund four regional children's advocacy centers that will provide a full complement of training, technical assistance, and information to develop and strengthen multidisciplinary team investigations and responses to child abuse, local centers, and state chapter organizations of children's advocacy centers.

  Kessler Foundation: Signature Employment Grants

Deadline: Concept due February 22, 2019 and invited proposals due June 14, 2019

Amount: $100,000 to $250,00 per year for up to two years

Match: Matching Funds Requirement In an effort to help our grantee partners increase their funding base and replicate their project models, Kessler Foundation requires that prospective grantees partially match the value of our grant.  A 15 percent match of the total request amount is required, with this additional percentage added to the total project budget.  Funds must be newly acquired and available for the grant project. Federal or state funds reimbursable for job placement are not eligible as a match source (see application instructions for details). In-kind donation of time to the project by educational institution staff is not eligible as a matching fund contribution.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations, public or private schools, and public 
institutions, such as universities and government agencies based in the United States or any of its territories

The Kessler Foundation's Signature Employment Grants provide support for non-traditional solutions that increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 per year for up to two years are awarded nationally to fund pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities. Preference is given to interventions that overcome specific employment barriers related to long-term dependence on public assistance or advance competitive employment in a cost-effective manner. For 2019, the Foundation has a special interest in projects that use benefit planning, workforce incentives, and part-time employment to help people with disabilities obtain employment or re-enter into the job market following injury. 

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