April 2018

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

CSDA Contra Costa County Newsletter Highlights California Consulting

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California Consulting Welcomes Robin Bacon as new Project Manager

Robin joined California Consulting, LLC in March of 2018 as a project manager. A business architect, grant writer, and lecturer. Ms. Bacon is focused on agro-environmental policy, organic waste, resource management, and educational technologies. Throughout the span of her career she has developed projects, ranging from $1M - $20M for technology, food & agriculture, renewable energy solutions and educational technology. Ms. Bacon published "Farming in the Cloud" and "Biomass Composting Solutions"- highlighting community infrastructure issues and the potential solutions.  
               Robin is a reliable resource in program & fund development. She has extensive grant writing and budgetary experience. Ms. Bacon evaluates overall project vision, development & coordination when writing proposals and managing high profile projects. She has served on advisory committees and boards of directors, examples include California Institute of Food & Agricultural Research (CIFAR) at UC Davis and Petaluma Bounty - where the common goals are to provide healthy food products for everyone through collaboration and education.
               Robin holds a B.S. in Business Administration; a Masters of Agriculture (M.Agr.) from Colorado State University; a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) from the Sanford College of Education at National University; and is a member of The California Teacher's Association. 

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 

Welcome, New Clients!

California Consulting is honored that Lammersville Unified School District, Operation Genesis, Palisades Charter High School, Encinitas Union School District, Planada Elementary School District, and Mojave River Academy have asked us to provide grant writing services. We look forward to strategically working with them to help turn their vision into their legacy. 

Renewal Clients

California Consulting is honored that the City of Baldwin Park has renewed their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services. 


3/29/18-  California Consulting Associate Lee Neves with Planada Unified School District Superintendent Jose Gonzalez, a new client of CC LLC, at the ACSA Merced County Chapter meeting. California Consulting was a sponsor of the ACSA meeting.

3/28/18-  Congresswoman Norma Torres and  California Consulting, LLC  CEO Steve Samuelian at the  Los Angeles County Business Federation  BizFed leadership roundtable held on March 28, 2018, at the Fairplex-Los Angeles County Fair Association. This small group meeting of business leaders was an opportunity to discuss public policy issues with Congresswoman Torres.

3/27/18-  California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, and Project Manager, David Marquez, presented at the Federal Grants Workshop hosted by U.S. Representative Mimi Walters today in Irvine California. California Consulting is honored to present to US Representative Walters' district and give needed information regarding upcoming federal funding. David Marquez, CC LLC Project Manager, is pictured.

3/27/18- California Consulting, LLC Associate, Derek Rojas, attended the League of California Cities Orange County Division Membership Meeting on March 23rd. Derek is pictured with La Palma Council Woman Michelle Steggell (L) and Cypress Mayor Pro Tem Stacy Berry (R). California Consulting is honored to provide services to several public agencies throughout Orange County. California Consulting is a proud League Partner for the League of California Cities.

3/23/18-  California Consulting, LLC  CEO, Steve Sameulian, attended the  Los Angeles County Business Federation BizFed Executive Board Meeting on March 20th held at Olympic Collection. The event was hosted by West Los Angeles Chamber  Roozbeh Farahanipour . Steve is pictured with Los Angeles County Assessor, Jeffery  Jeffrey Prang .

3/22/18-  California Consulting, LLC  was honored to be invited to speak at a grant writing workshop hosted by Congressman Jeff Denham in the City of Tracy held on March 2 2, 2018. The workshop was attended by over 40 leaders from cities, school districts, non-profits, and others. A special thanks to Congressman Denham's Office. Lee Neves from California Consulting and Mark Henderson from the Office of Senator Cathleen Galgiani also were in attendance at the workshop. This was a great opportunity to spread the news about the many federal, state, and local grant opportunities that are available!

3/22/18- California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian met with new client Lammersville Unified Superintendent Dr. Kirk Nicholas and Associate Superintendent Thorsten Harrison at the District Office to discuss grants for the District.

3/21/18-  Recently, Steve Samuelian, CC LLC CEO, met with Superintendent Meyer at Monson- Sultana School District to discuss grant opportunities. Steve is pictured with Superintendent Meyer. CC LLC is honored to provide grant writing services for the district

3/21/18- Fresno State University Office of Community Relations and Economic Development leaders Ishmael Herrera and Eduardo Gonzales with California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian. The meeting took place on March 21, 2018, to discuss both agencies working more closely to secure grant funding for important projects.

3/19/18- California Consulting, LLC Statewide Senior Director, Holly Choon Hyang Bachman, and Associate, Derek Rojas, attended the Association of San Bernardino Special Districts (ASBSD) membership meeting on March 19th. Pictured left to right: Natalie Chamberland Hall, Administrative Secretary, ASBCSD, Richard Hall, President, ASBCSD, Derek Rojas, Holly Bachman - California Consulting Chris Palmer from CSDA.

3/15/18- California Consulting Associate Francine Castanon, City of Port Hueneme City Manager Rod Butler, and California Consulting, LLC CEO Steve Samuelian, at City Hall on March 15, discussing grants. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services to the City.

3/15/18- California Consulting, LLC CEO Steve Samuelian and Associate Francine Castanon attended the MMASC luncheon held on March 15, 2018, in Camarillo. The event was attended by most of the city managers and department heads from cities across Ventura County. California Consulting is a member of MMASC and is proud to provide grant writing services to many public agencies throughout Ventura County. We congratulate MMASC on a job well done!

3/12/18-  California Consulting, LLC  CEO Steve Samuelian attended a  Los Angeles County Business Federation  Bizfed Leadership Roundtable on Friday, March 9, 2018, in downtown L.A. featuring special guest Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio. Pictured L-R. BizFed Executive Committee Member and AT&T Government Relations director  Lupita Sanchez Cornejo , Assemblywoman Rubio, California Consulting CEO and BizFed Executive Committee member Steve Samuelian and BizFed Executive Committee Member/Valero Government Relations Manager  Brissa Sotelo-Vargas . Lupita was the moderator and gave the welcoming remarks. Brissa introduced Assemblywoman Rubio and Steve gave closing remarks during the program.

3/10/18-  Maryann Marino California Consulting, LLC  Senior Associate, attended the Breakfast of Champions event at the Lazy Dog Restaurant in Westminster CA on March 10th. Pictured with Maryann is Westminster Councilmember,  Sergio Contreras

3/9/18-  California Consulting, LLC  Project Manager, David Marquez, was the keynote speaker at a Grant Writing Workshop hosted by Senator Connie Leyva on March 8th. The event was held at the Montclair Senior Center. California Consulting Director of Operations,  Dan Rodriguez  thanked the Senator for the opportunity to serve her constituents. Pictured left to right: Dan Rodriguez, Senator Connie Leyva, and David Marquez.

Issue: 28
In This Issue

Client Spotlight : South Whittier School District

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight South Whittier School District. 

The South Whittier School District holds students and staff to rigorous standards in order to prepare every scholar for 21stCentury success in college and the workforce, within a safe and supportive environment.
Their students are challenged to reach their full potential and develop their curiosity and thirst for discovery.
The district celebrates the diverse traditions, cultures, and languages as foundations for learning.

The district motto is "Success for every student". 

Team Member Spotlight: Shasta Bell 

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight our Director of Communications, Shasta Bell

Shasta is responsible for developing communication strategies. These strategies include writing publications, web marketing and website management. She creates  campaigns and manages Californaia Consulting social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn as well as media outreach. 

Shasta has  20 years experience in executive assisting and office administration which makes managing California Consulting's Executive Office a breeze. 

Shasta lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles, CA.   


WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for Fiscal Year 2018

Deadline: May 10, 2018

Amount: up to $1,000,000 

Match:   50%

Eligibility: state, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.

Award recipients will leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of hydropower; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; enable farmers to make additional on-farm improvements in the future, including improvements that may be eligible for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States.

WaterSMART Grants: Water Marketing Strategy Grants for Fiscal Year 2018

Deadline: July 17, 2018 

Amount: up to $400,000

Match: 50%

Eligibility: state, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.

The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation to develop a water marketing strategy to increase water supply reliability. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a water marketing strategy (Project) to establish or expand water markets or water marketing.

WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects for Fiscal Year 2018

Deadline: July 31, 2018

Amount: up to $75,000 total project cost not to exceed $200,000

Match: 50%

Eligibility: state, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.

This Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects funding opportunity announcement (FOA) supports specific small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant.

Preventing Violence Against Law Enforcement Officers and Ensuring Officer Safety Resilience and Survivability (VALOR) Initiative   - U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)

Amount: BJA expects to make up to two awards (one per category) of up to $800,000 for Category 1 and up to $1,000,000 for Category 2

Deadline: April 30,2018

Match: No - however, if a successful application proposes a voluntary match amount, and OJP approves the budget, the total match amount incorporated into the approved budget becomes mandatory and subject to audit.

Eligibility: Not-for-profit and for-profit organizations (including tribal nonprofit and for-profit organizations); state and local governments; federally recognized Indian tribal governments (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior); and institutions of higher education (including tribal institutions of higher education). Applicants must have extensive experience in providing national training and technical assistance (TTA) as well as extensive experience and knowledge of the officer safety and wellness field. All recipients and subrecipients (including any for-profit organization) must forgo any profit or management fee.


Department of Defense Education Activity

Deadline: May 2, 2018

Amount: $250,000 - $1,250,000

Match: encouraged but not required

Eligibility: 15% or greater military-connected student enrollment in all participating schools.

The DoDEA Education Partnership and Resource Branch, which executes grants to MCASP, provide resources to military-connected school districts to fund innovative solutions to meet the academic needs of the highly mobile military-connected students in their community. The FY 2018 grants to MCASP are approximately 54-month grants that aim to equip local educational agencies (LEAs) with resources necessary to successfully build and/or expand STEM programming (as defined in section VII). Beginning in Pre-K and continuing through grade 12, CCR-STEM prepare students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for successful postsecondary engagement leading to STEM career fields. CCR-STEM student-centered goals focus on achievement results aligned with college and work expectations and are benchmarked nationally and/or internationally with the broader goal of producing an advanced national workforce to stabilize our Nation's economy. Implementing rigorous STEM standards across LEAs is an important part of preparing more students for STEM college courses and careers.

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