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Edition 81 / September 2022

California Consulting in Your Community

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Azusa Unified School District Receives over $1.4 Million in State Preschool Expansion Grant from the California Department of Education

CC client Azusa USD received $1,458,027 for the California Department of Education State Preschool Expansion Grant. 

This grant will directly affect Murray Elementary School, Valleydale Murray Elementary School, and Charles Lee Murray Elementary School to go toward State Preschool Programs. 

This great achievement was the direct result of amazing teamwork between CC Project Manager Dr. Julie High and AUSD's Administration Staff.  

Thank you, Dr. Julie High and AUSD!!

City of Gilroy Received $986,249 for the CAL-OES JumpStart Grant

CC congratulates the City of Gilroy (a CC client) for receiving the CAL OES JumpStart Grant for $986,249.

This most recent accomplishment is another example of the commitment of Gilroy's leadership to protect and promote the quality of life for its residents.

It’s also a reflection of the dedication and hard work of CC Project Manager, Ilya Malinsky, who ensured a successful grant application.

Thank you, Ilya, and congratulations Gilroy!


City of El Segundo Receives the California State Library Grant for $179,590

Congratulations, City of El Segundo, for receiving the California State Library Grant in the amount of $179,590. 

These grant monies will repair the El Segundo Public Library's HVAC System, elevator, and moisture damage. 

California Consulting Project ManagerJennifer Potter and Mark Herbert, Library Manager, City of El Segundo Community Services Department teamed up to facilitate this win!  

CalSchool News, ACSA, and California Consulting Team Up for K-12 Webinar

Please use the following link to register if the hyperlink inside the flier is not working

California Consulting Attends the Highly Successful League of California Cities Annual Conference

California Consulting was a proud exhibitor of the League of California Cities Annual Conference. CC had a highly successful booth, meeting current clients and future prospects. Our team, CEO Steve Samuelian, Director of Operations Dan Rodriguez, Senior Project Manager Esther Landin, Associate Derek Rojas, and Staff assistants Katie Li and Clayton Owens were the powerhouse to deliver quality service and coverage of this highly successful event.  

We look forward to the next annual conference!!

Upcoming Grants

· Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA): CalRecycle administers tire grant programs to provide opportunities to divert waste tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content tire products. Grant provides assistance to civil engineers in solving a variety of engineering challenges. $650,000 was available for FY 2021-22 and $350,000 was the maximum per grant award. Application materials for FY 2022-2023 are due August 17, 2022, and December 7, 2022. Link:,alternative%20to%20conventional%20lightweight%20aggregates.

· Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership (ORLP) Program: ORLP focuses on communities with little to no access to publicly available, close-by, outdoor recreation opportunities in urban areas. ORLP funds the acquisition or development of new parks, or substantially renovate parks in economically disadvantaged cities or towns of at least 30,000 people. ORLP involves two competitive layers. Applications are first competitively reviewed by California’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Applications selected by the state are then forwarded to National Park Service to compete in the nationwide competition. California has established two initial application deadlines: Round 6A – September 1, 2022, and Round 6B – December 15, 2022. Link:

· Safe Streets for All (SS4A): Funds regional, local, and Tribal initiatives through grants to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries. $5 billion in appropriated funds over the next 5 years. In the fiscal year 2022, up to $1 billion is available. Deadline is September 15, 2022, at 5:00 pm EDT. Link:

· U.S. Department of Commerce: Middle Mile Grant Program: Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the MMProgram is a program to expand middle mile infrastructure, to reduce the cost of connecting unserved and underserved areas. Middle mile infrastructure broadly refers to the mid-section of Internet infrastructure that carries large amounts of data at high speeds over long distances. This program will also increase the resilience of Internet infrastructure. Deadline is September 30, 2022, 11:59 pm (EDT). Link:

· Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA): The CPUC established the Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA) grant program for eligible pre-construction work facilitating broadband network projects to areas in need. The program has a $50 million budget for eligible local agencies and tribal entities in California. Technical assistance grants support tribes and local agencies in their efforts to expand broadband to communities lacking sufficient Internet. Grant recipients are reimbursed for eligible pre-construction expenses to provide last-mile connections to unserved and underserved communities. Link:

· National Endowment for the Humanities: Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants: The purpose of the program is to strengthen the institutional base of the humanities by enabling infrastructure development and capacity building. The program supports two distinct types of projects, each with its own Notice of Funding Opportunity. Capital Projects support the purchase, design, construction, restoration, or renovation of facilities for humanities activities. This includes costs related to planning as well as the purchase and installation of related moveable and permanently affixed equipment for exhibiting, maintaining, monitoring, and protecting collections (whether on exhibit or in storage), and for critical building systems. Digital Infrastructure supports the maintenance, modernization, and sustainability of existing digital scholarly projects and platforms. Maximum award amount is $1,000,000. Optional draft due August 17, 2022, and deadline is October 5, 2022. Link:

· U.S. Department of Agriculture (Forestry Service): Community Wildfire Defence Grant 2022 West: Intended to help at-risk local communities and Tribes plan and reduce the risk against wildfire. The Act prioritizes at-risk communities in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, and/or have been impacted by a severe disaster. The grants are funded through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. There are two primary project types for which the grant provides funding: the development and revision of Community Wildfire Protection Plans and the implementation of projects described in a Community Wildfire Protection Plan that is less than ten years old. Deadline is October 7, 2022. Link:

· Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program - Planning Grants and Capital Construction Grants: Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program will restore community connectivity by removing, retrofitting, or mitigating highways or other transportation facilities that create barriers to community connectivity, including mobility, access, or economic development. Planning Grants are $100,000 to $2 million and Construction Grants are $5 million to $100 million. Planning Grants match is 20% and Capital Construction Grants are 50%. Deadline is October 13, 2022. Link:

· California Department of Water Resources: Small Community Drought Relief Program: The purpose of the Small Community Drought Relief Program is to provide immediate and near-term financial and technical support to help small communities survive this and future droughts. Eligible projects shall be in counties included in Governor Newsom’s state of emergency proclamations for 2021. Any county or jurisdiction included in a future drought proclamation by the Governor or for circumstances for which the SWRCB determines that drought conditions necessitate urgent and immediate action to ensure the availability of safe drinking water, to protect public health and safety, will also qualify for funding. Total estimated available funding is $305,000,000. Applications will be processed as they are received until funds are exhausted or until December 29, 2023, whichever comes first. Link:

· Walmart Local Community Grants: There are 8 areas of funding for which an organization can apply: Community and Economic Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Education, Environmental Sustainability, Health and Human Service, Hunger Relief and Healthy Eating, Public Safety, and Quality of Life. Local Community grants range from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $5,000. The deadline is December 31, 2022. Link:

· Economic Development Administration (EDA): There are various EDA Programs providing funding such as Public Works, Economic Adjustment, Planning, etc. Link: This is a link to the latest EDA Grants that have been awarded as well:

· Edison Charge Up for EV Infrastructure (Charge Ready Program): Program assists business and property owners with deploying the infrastructure and equipment necessary to support electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at their multi-family buildings, public sector, or business locations. Link:

· Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC): Funds land-use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects to support infill and compact development that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The maximum AHSC Program loan or grant award or combination thereof is $30 million with a minimum award of at least $1 million in all Project Area types. Link:

· Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP): Funds plans and projects that reduce the effects of future natural disasters. Funding is based on the estimated total or aggregate cost of disaster assistance (ex. Up to 15% of the first $2 billion, up to 10% for amounts between $2 billion and $10 billion, etc.). Link:

· MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation: Created to increase participation in and expand access to youth baseball and softball. Supports capital projects including building and renovating fields and practice facilities and installing lighting. It also supports baseball/softball programs and education initiatives. There is no funding range for grant requests. Rolling basis, no deadline. Link:

· Upcoming Federal EV Grants: There are two significant programs included in President Biden's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. One program is the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program ($5 billion) which provides funding to States to strategically deploy electric vehicle charging infrastructure and to establish an interconnected network to facilitate data collection, access, and reliability. The other program is the Discretionary Grant Program for Charging and Fueling Infrastructure ($2.5 billion). It is a competitive grant program to strategically deploy publicly accessible electric vehicle charging infrastructure and other alternative fueling infrastructure along designated alternative fuel corridors. Link:

California Consulting In the News

ACSA Region 18 Featured the Upcoming Webinar on September 27th

CC is pleased to have our feature articles in Cal School News

California Consulting was featured in their most recent newsletter

ACSA Region 11 Featured CC in the newsletter.

MMASC Featured California Consulting in their weekly newsletter

Client Spotlight:

Town of Yucca Valley

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight the Town of Yucca Valley in our September Newsletter. 

Whether you’re discovering Yucca Valley for the first time or a frequent visitor to the Hi-Desert, you’ll find a warm welcome, clean air, and starry skies wherever you go in this high desert town.


At 3,300 base elevation, this town enjoys cool, clear, high surroundings. The vibrant community is enhanced by the desert landscape and offers hiking, camping, star-gazing, and equestrian Opportunities like no other. 

Other activities include a nature walk, a red carpet experience at the Yucca Valley Film Festival, and many other unique experiences with a hometown feel. You are sure to love this town.

The Town of Yucca Valley and CC  are strategically aligned to pursue grants pertaining to its vision. We are delighted they are our client and look forward to many successes in the future.

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Team Member Spotlight:

Senior Project Manager Tracy Yasini

Tracy Yassini brings over 20 years of experience to California Consulting clients. Tracy has written successful federal, state, corporate nonprofit, charitable trust, community, and private foundation grants for tribal governments, private and public companies, nonprofit organizations, and local governments.

She has a wide array of interests which include education, environmental issues, food systems, public safety, and rare/single disease research.  

Tracy held key leadership positions at larger “institutional nonprofits” such as City of Hope National Medical Center, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the American Heart Association – experiences which have fortified her ability to shape persuasive, solid grant proposals that get funded. In addition, her understanding of programs, budgets, and organizational development enable her to “put all the pieces together” in a cohesive manner.  

She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from California State University, Dominguez Hills, and is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Los Angeles region. 

Tracy is a native Californian, born in Hollywood and raised in Huntington Beach. Her hobbies are surfing, salsa, traveling, and cooking when not looking for resources to make the world a better place.

Three Former California Consulting, Inc. Interns Promoted

Helen Han

Sophie Credo

         Katie Li

Three of our former summer interns have been hired by California Consulting as Staff Assistants to assist our growing grant writing team. We are excited to welcome Helen Han, Sophie Credo, and Katie Li officially to the team. 

Congratulations and welcome!

Featured Municipal Grants


1.     California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES): Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC)

Deadline: September 16, 2022  


2.     California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES): Flood Mitigation Assistance

Deadline: September 16, 2022   


3.     National Endowment for the Humanities: Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

Deadline: September 27, 2022 (Optional drafts due August 17, 2022)


4.     U.S. Department of Commerce: Middle Mile Grant Program

Deadline: September 30, 2022


5.     U.S. Department of Agriculture (Forestry Service): Community Wildfire Defense Grant 2022 West

Deadline: October 7, 2022


6.     CalRecycle: Rubberized Pavement Grant Program

Deadline: October 12, 2022


7.     U.S. Department of Transportation: Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program - Planning Grants and Capital Construction Grants

Deadline: October 13, 2022  


8.     CalRecycle: Community Composting for Green Spaces (FY 2021-22)

Deadline: October 20, 2022


9.     CalRecycle: Tire-Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grant Program

Deadline: December 7, 2022


10.  Walmart Local Community Grants

Deadline: December 31, 2022


11.  California Public Utilities Commission: Local Agency Technical Assistance (LATA)

Deadline: No specified deadline. The application window opened on August 1, 2022


12.  California Air Resources Board: Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE)

Deadline: Currently open. Deadline not specified.


13.  California Department of Water Resources: Small Community Drought Relief Program

Deadline: There will be no formal proposal solicitation for this Program


14.  U.S. Department of Commerce: FY 2020 EDA Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs including CARES Act Funding

Deadline: There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity


15.  Economic Development Administration (EDA) - Planning and Technical Assistance Program

Deadline: Continuous


16.  Major League Baseball (MLB-MLBPA) Youth Development Foundation

Deadline: Continuous – Applications are reviewed quarterly


17.  California Department of Parks and Recreation: Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF)

Deadline: TBD. Most likely February 1, 2023 (If federal funding is received)


18.  California Department of Parks and Recreation: Habitat Conservation Fund

Deadline: TBD. Most likely March 1, 2023 (If federal funding is received)


19.  California Department of Parks and Recreation: Recreational Trails Program

Deadline: TBD. Most likely March 1, 2023 (If federal funding is received)


To View the Complete Municipal Grants Opportunities List for September 2022. Please Click Here

Featured Educational Grants

1.     California Department of Education: Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Title II

Deadline: September 30, 2022


2.     California Department of Education: California Career Technical Education Incentive Grant 2022-23

Deadline: September 30, 2022


3.     National Science Foundation: Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program)

Deadline: September 30, 2022


4.     U.S. Department of Labor: The Growth Opportunities Program

Deadline: October 5, 2022


5.     U.S. Department of Agriculture: Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP)

Deadline: November 21, 2022


6.     Mockingbird Foundation

Deadline: January 15, 2023 (Initial inquiries)


7.     California Department of Education: Classified School Employee Summer Assistance Program FY 20-22

Deadline: July 21, 2023


8.     The Pilcrow Foundation: Children’s Book Project

Deadline: April 1 and October 1, annually


9.     Toshiba America Foundation

Deadline: Grants requesting less than $5,000 are due March 1, June 1, September 1 and December 1. Grants requesting more than $5,000 are due May 1 and November 1 annually


10.  California Air Resources Board: Clean Off-Road Equipment Voucher Incentive Project (CORE)

Deadline: Currently open. Deadline not specified.


11.  GENYOUth: COVID-19 Emergency School Meal Delivery Fund

Deadline: Rolling basis


12.  Classics for Kids Foundation

Deadline: Quarterly


13.  Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation Grant

Deadline: Quarterly (January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1 of each year)


14.  American Honda Foundation

Deadline: Returning Organizations, May 1 annually; New organizations February 1 and August 1 annually


15.  Amgen Foundation

Deadline: None. Requests reviewed quarterly


16.  The Albert and Elaine Borchard Foundation

Deadline: Ongoing


17.  Salad Bars to Schools

Deadline: Continuous


18.  California Office of Public-School Construction (OPSC): Facility Hardship Program

Deadline: Continuous

19.  Good Sports Foundation: Equipment Donation Grants 

Deadline: Continuous


20.  Educators of America: Classroom: Micro-Grants

Deadline: Reviewed quarterly


21.  KaBOOM!: Build it with KaBOOM!

Deadline: Continuous


22.  Guitar Music Center Foundation / Classics for Kids

Deadline: Continuous


23.  Dollar General Literacy Foundation: Beyond Words

Deadline: Continuous


24.  Major League Baseball (MLB-MLBPA) Youth Development Foundation

Deadline: Continuous – Applications are reviewed quarterly


To View the Complete Educational Grants Opportunities List for September 2022 Please Click Here

New Clients

California Consulting is honored that the City of Lakewood, Repsco, Inc., Wynola Water District, City of Rolling Hills Estates, City of Laguna Hills, Town of Los Altos Hills, City of Brentwood, and Concordia University Irvine have asked us to provide grant writing services. We look forward to our strategic partnership to secure funding for their vision.


California Consulting is honored that South Whittier School District, City of Bell

Parlier Unified School District, City of Yucaipa, County of Kern, City of El Segundo and the Town of Yountville have renewed their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services.

Contact our Representatives in Your Area
Ventura County
Ventura County cities, school districts, special districts, and nonprofits are encouraged to contact Senior Consultant, Francine Castanon, for assistance with information about upcoming grants.

Please contact Francine at
Bay Area/ Northern California
Bay Area and Northern California cities, school districts, special districts, and nonprofits are encouraged to contact Senior Consultant, Stephen Sanger, for assistance with information about upcoming grants your entity may be eligible for.

Please contact Stephen at or 510-866-6454.
Kern County
Kern County cities, school districts, special districts, and nonprofits are encouraged to contact Senior Consultant, Matthew Park, for assistance with information regarding upcoming grants.

Please contact Matthew at

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