California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"


California Consulting secures over $5.3 Million for Clients in the last 45 days

California Consulting secures over $5.3 million dollars for its clients in the last 45 days. This recent success has been attributed to the quality of service and strive for excellence enviroment. 

California Consulting is proud of the hard work our grant writers display each and every day for our clients.

"Our grant writing team at California Consulting continues to excel and makes every effort to go above and beyond for our clients." stated, Tristan Shamp, California Consulting's Statewide Grants Manager. 

Whittier City School District Receives 2711% Return on Investment

Whittier City School District has been a client since January 2014. In that short amount of time, California Consulting has written the following grant applications that have been awarded:
21st century Community Learning Centers Program Grant $822,500
CDE Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Grant $17,497
Early Intervention for School Success (EISS) $50,000
Lowe's ToolBox for Education Grant $3,745
ST Math Program $27,000
CA Department of Education CaMPS Grant $1,500,000
Costen Foundation Grant for the Art of Teaching $17,000
California Math and Science Partnership (CaMSP) $1,500,000
Riordan Foundation Instructional Innovation Grant $45,000
LA County Arts For All Advancment Grant $19,400
Lowe's Tool Box for Education $4,264
Sprint ConnectED School District Grant $768,000
Arts for All: School District Advancement Grant $17,600
CABE - Seal of Excellence Award  Non-monetary
ST Math Grant $60,000
Total: $4,852,006

Grand total of $ 4,852,006 which is a 2711% return on their investment!
"California Consulting has proven to be a reliable partner in writing and managing grants for our district. We have had far greater success on being awarded grants than we had with our limited staff. They are responsive to our needs and are an incredible resource to school districts struggling to find badly needed resources. Their services have been a very wise strategic investment."  
- Dr. Ron Carruth, Superintendent, Whittier City School District.
California Consulting is proud to contribute to Whittier City School Districts vision of excellence. 


California Consulting, LLC congratulates 
Santa Paula Unified School District (a CC LLC client) for being awarded the CalRecycle Fiscal Year 2017-18 Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grant in the amount of $126,894. 

The district plans to install rubber mulch for both recreational and landscaping purposes at three public locations throughout the City.

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of the Santa Paula Unified School District's leadership to promote the quality of life for its students. 

It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by CCLLC Project Manager, Dr. Julie High, who ensured the successful grant application. 

Thank you, Julie, and congratulations Santa Paula USD!

California Consulting LLC congratulates the City of Baldwin Park (a CC LLC client) for being awarded the Housing Related Program (HRP) in the amount of $81,324 from the California Department of Housing and Community Development. 

This latest achievement is another example of Baldwin Park leadership's commitment to promote the quality of life for its residents. 

Thank you David Marquez, CC LLC Project Manager, for ensuring a successful application.

California Consulting, LLC is proud to announce our Client, City of Huntington Park, has been awarded the California Youth Soccer and Recreation Development Program Grant in the amount of $74,347 from the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of the City of Huntington Park's leadership to promote the quality of life for its residents. 
It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by CCLLC Project Manager, David Marquez, who ensured a successful grant application. 

Thank you David, and congratulations Huntington Park! 

California Consulting LLC congratulates the City of Carson (a CC LLC client) for being awarded HRP Housing Related Program in the amount of $75,000 from the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
The funds will be used for maintenance and improvements to Calas Park.
This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of the City of Carson's leadership to promote the quality of life for its residents. It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work of CC LLC Project Manager, Diana Dinerman, who ensured a successful application.
Thank you Diana and Congratulations City of Carson!
CC LLC congratulates Earlimart School District (a CC LLC client) for being awarded the Scale UP MTSS Statewide Initiative in the amount of $25,000.
This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Earlimart's leadership to promote the quality of life for its students.
It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by CC LLC Project Manager, Dana Leusch, who ensured a successful application.

Thank you Dana and congratulations Earlimart SD!
CC LLC congratulates Whittier City School District (a CC LLC client) for being awarded the Arts for All School District Advancement Grant in the amount of $18,900.
This funding will support the district's arts curriculum and professional development training in arts instruction.
This latest achievement is yet another example of the commitment to Whiter City School District's leadership to provide and promote the quality of life for its students.
It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by CC LLC Project Manager, Flint, who ensured the successful application.

Thank you Flint and congratulations Whiter City SD!

California Consulting Welcomes Katherine Johnson as our newest Project Manager
California Consulting is pleased to welcome Katherine Johnson as our new Project Manager.

 Katherine brings extensive experience in nonprofit management, program design, evaluation, grant writing and strategic planning.  She has 25 years of working in a variety of settings including large multi-national corporations, governmental, philanthropy, healthcare, academic and small start-up organizations in the USA and abroad.  

Katherine is also a certified executive coach and is committed to supporting effective leadership and being an agent of change.   She has a masters degree from New York University in public policy and several years of post graduate work in program evaluation.  

She is passionate about supporting those who work to strengthen our communities. 

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 

Welcome, New Clients!

California Consulting welcomes the City of Brea, City of Manteca, Coachella Valley USD, Town of Discovery Bay, City of Colfax, and Alameda County Waste Managment Authority   as our newest clients. We look forward to working with you strategically to meet the needs of your communities.

Thank you for your renewal!

California Consulting is delighted that Azusa Unified School District, Temple City Unified School District, Whittier City School District, City of Lynwood,and Orange County Water District have  renewed their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services!

Issue: 20
In This Issue

Client Spotlight:  Town of Discovery Bay

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight the Town of Discovery Bay. Discovery Bay was established in the early 1970s as a mostly weekend and summer resort community. Today, Discovery Bay has evolved into a thriving year-round home for over 14,000 residents who enjoy small-town living against the backdrop of the Delta waterways. 

Boasting a full-service deep water yacht harbor with a fully stocked chandlery and marina shops, two shopping centers, three public schools and one private school, Discovery Bay provides a variety of commercial and retail outlets and dining opportunities throughout town.

Discovery Bay is an unincorporated community of Contra Costa County and is officially known as the Town of Discovery Bay. The Town was officially formed as a California Community Services District (CSD) in 1998.  The Town provides municipal water treatment and distribution as well as wastewater collection, collection and treatment.  The District also provides parks and landscaping and recreation services.

You can find out more about the Town of Discovery Bay at their website:

Danielle Sotelo Secures over $6.2 Million on her 9 year anniversary with California Consulting

California Consulting Deputy Statewide Grants Manager has been with California Consulting since  July 2009. Since then, 50 grant applications have been approved that have secured $6,268,848 

"California Consulting is fortunate to have Danielle as part of our grant leadership team. Danielle has always demonstrated the utmost professionalism and she's a talented and experienced grant writer" commented California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian. 

California Consulting thanks Danielle for her dedication and exemplary service. Congratulations on your 9th anniversary with the firm! 

Upcoming Grants: 

Municipal Opportunities:
State Water Resources Control Board: Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP)

Deadline: Accepting applications via FAAST system on a continuous basis.

Amount: $75,000 (for Planning Grants); $15-$20 Million (for Construction Grants)

Match: 50% (for Planning Grants); 35% (for Construction Grants)

Financing: For Construction applications Interest at 1/2 General Obligation Bond Rate; 
30 year term; Allowance following the CWSRF Policy

Eligibility: local public agencies

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) provides funding for the planning, design, and construction of water recycling projects that offset or augment state fresh water supplies.  There are two programs within this fund:
  • Planning Grants: The purpose of the planning grant is to assist agencies or regions with completing feasibility studies for water recycling projects using treated municipal wastewater and/or treated groundwater from sources contaminated by human activities.  Only local public agencies are eligible to apply for planning grants.
  • Construction Grants: The Water Recycling Funding Program provides grants and financing to eligible applicants for the construction of water recycling facilities. Construction projects may be funded with grants and low interest financing from a state bond, a CWSRF financing agreement, or combinations of funding sources.  Eligible applicants are local public agencies, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, state & federal recognized Indian tribes, and mutual water companies.
Caltrans: Active Transportation Program (ATP) Grant Statewide Cycle 4
Release: TBD (likely early 2018)
Deadline: TBD (likely mid 2018)
Amount (based on previous cycle): Minimum funding request is $250,000 (Non-infrastructure projects, Safe Routes to Schools projects, Recreational Trails projects, and Planning projects are exempt from this and may apply for smaller amounts).
Match: None required
Eligibility:  cities, counties, county transportation commissions, regional transportation planning agencies, MPOs, school districts, and transit districts

The Active Transportation Program was created to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking.  Funding from the Active Transportation Program may be used to fund the development of community wide bike, pedestrian, safe routes to schools, or active transportation plans in predominantly disadvantaged communities.  The goals of the Active Transportation Program are to:
  • Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking.
  • Increase the safety and mobility of non-motorized users.
  • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals
  • Enhance public health, including reduction of childhood obesity using programs including, but not limited to, projects eligible for Safe Routes to School Program funding.
  • Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program.
  • Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users.

Educational Opportunities:

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation Grants

Deadline: Quarterly (December 1, 2016; March 2, 2017; June 2, 2017; September 7, 2017; December 1, 2017)

Amount: $15,000 - $25,000

Match: None

Eligibility:  Public Safety Organizations, including fire departments, police departments, military entities, schools, registered non-profits, etc. in communities served by a Firehouse Subs restaurant. 

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The foundation will fund projects in the following areas: Life-saving equipment, prevention education, scholarships and continued education, disaster relief and military support

US Department of Education: Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Immediate Services grant: Up to $50,000 for a period of six months; Extended Services grants: Up to $250,000 for 18 months

Match: None required

Eligibility: Local education agencies (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs)

  This program funds short-term and long-term education  related services for local educational agencies
 (LEAs) and institutions of higher education (IHEs) to  help them recover from a violent or traumatic event in 
which the learning environment has been disrupted LEAs  and IHEs may apply  for two types of assistance 
under Project SERV: Immediate Services grants and  Extended Services grants.  Immediate Services grants 
are intended to provide short-term support shortly after  a traumatic event. Immediate Services grants are 
intended to provide a limited amount of funds to meet  acute needs and restore the learning environment.  
Extended Services grants are intended to address the  long-term recovery efforts that may be needed following
a traumatic event. Extended Services applications are  considered unsolicited grant applications and undergo a rigorous internal review by the Office of Safe and Healthy Students and the Office of the General Counsel.
After review by staff members, the application is peer  reviewed by an outside panel before being considered 
for funding.


8/1/17- Francine Castanon, California Consulting Associate, recently attended the Ventura County Special Districts Association (VCSDA) Chapter Meeting. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing to special districts throughout California.

7/31/17- California Consulting Senior Director, Holly Bachman, and Project Manager, Karen Simpson, presented a grants update to the City of Lynwood City Council at the July 31st  City Council Meeting. The City Council voted unanimously to extend California Consutling's contract for another year. Thank you City of Lynwood and we look forward to our continued work together!

7/27/17 - California Consulting LLC Associate, Francine Castenon, attended the American Red Cross Event. Pictured here with Jeff Gorell, Deputy Mayor for Homeland Security and Public Safety for Los Angeles.

7/27/17-  California Consulting LLC was asked to present at a grant workshop hosted by Assemblymember Heath Flora on July 27th. It was a great event attended by cities, school districts, special districts, and non-profits in the area. Thank you Assemblymember Flora for making us an integral part of your event.
Pictured is  Tristan Shamp, CC LLC Grants Manager,  Lee Neves, CC LLC Associate, and Couper Condit Assemblymember Flora's District Representative

7/27/17-  California Consulting Senior Associate Maryann Marino with City of Aliso Viejo city manager David Doyle at the state of the city reception. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for several public agencies throughout Orange County. 

7/27/17-   California Consulting, LLC  Associate  Imelda Padilla  and I were pleased to attend a reception with special guests L.A. City Councilmembers  Monica Rodriguez  (the guest of honor) and  David Ryu . Wonderful to see two hard working Council members. I was honored to serve as Co-Chair for the reception and see many community leaders including City of L.A. Public Works Commission Chairman  Kevin James , Cerrell CFO  Steve Bullock , Cerrell CEO  Hal Dash , KSA CEO Greg Spiker,  Araz Parseghian James Ward Litz of BizFed PAC, Councilwoman Rodriguez's Deputy Chief of Staff Christine Jerian KharmandalianRuben Gonzalez CEO of Gonzalez Strategic Affairs, Apartment Association of Greater L.A. Representative Fred Sutton, Francisco Uribe of Home Depot, the Southland Association of Realtors, and several others. A big thank you to Cerrell Associates for opening up their beautiful office to host the event. Steve Bullock and I Co-Chair the Los Angeles County Business Federation Advisory Council together and we sit on the BizFed Executive Committee along with our good friends James Ward Litz, Fred Sutton, Francisco Uribe and others. Team work!

7/27/17- Coachella Valley USD Superintendent Edwin Gomez and California Consulting Senior Director Holly Bachman at the City of Coachella State of the City luncheon on July 27, 2017. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for the City of Coachella and Coachella Valley Unified School District

7/25/17- California Consulting, LLC Statewide Senior Director  Holly Choon Hyang Bachman and CC Associate  Greg Pettis, attended the Democratic Municipals Officials reception featuring  #Technology and  #Politics that took place at the amazing space of NationBuilder in Millennium Biltmore Los Angeles on July 25th. Holly is pictured here with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. The event was attended by several dozen local elected officials.

7/25/17-  California Consulting, LLC CEO Steve Samuelian, Assemblyman  Matthew Harper, and Orange County Business Council CEO  Lucy Dunn at the OC Taxpayers Association quarterly lunch held July 25, 2017 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. The lunch was attended by more than 250 people including many friends and clients of California Consulting. 

7/27/17- California Consulting, LLC Director of Operations,  Dan Rodriguez, and Associate,  Imelda Padilla, represented the firm at the recent  San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance annual BBQ held at  Mt. SAC. Congrats to SGVCA for organizing a well attended event with several state and local elected officials in attendance. California Consulting provides grant writing services for many public agencies throughout the San Gabriel Valley.

7/24/17- California Consulting Associate, Francine Castenon, attended the CSDA Santa Barbara Chapter Membership Meeting.   California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services to special districts across the State. 

7/22/17-  California Consulting, LLC  Director of Operations  Dan Rodriguez  at the Community Open House event Saturday hosted by Assemblyman Freddie Rodriguez. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for several public agencies throughout the Inland Empire region

7/21/17 - California Consulting, LLC Director of Operations Dan Rodriguez at the Los Angeles County Business Federation leadership round table meeting with Assemblywoman Laura Friedman. We are proud to support the great work BizFed does in the region. Many thanks to our good friend Richard Xavier Corral, for arranging this public policy discussion.

7/20/17- The team from Surland Properties and the team from California Consulting (Ann Vermel, Tristan Shamp, and Steve Samuelian) at the Surland headquarters in the City of Tracy. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for Surland

7/19/17- Congratulations to the Association of California Cities,Orange County for organizing a very successful Summer Reception at the Newport Beach Marriott on Thursday evening. Over 200 community leaders including Mayors, Councilmembers, City Managers, and others were in attendance. California Consulting Senior Associate  Maryann Marino and CEO Steve Samuelian were proud to support ACCOC and represent California Consulting at the reception. 

7/14/17-  California Consulting, LLC Associate  Lee Neves attended the  Sacramento Valley Division, League of California Cities quarterly dinner last week. California Consulting, LLC is proud to provide grant writing services for several cities in the Sacramento Valley and proud to serve as a League Partner for the League of California Cities. Great job Sacramento Valley Division for organizing a productive and informative event.

7/14/17-  California Consulting, LLC Director of Operations  Dan Rodriguez attended the Calsa - California Association of Latino Superintendents... summer institute conference in San Diego earlier this week. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for dozens of school districts across the State. The three day conference was productive and informative. 

7/10/17 -  California Consulting, LLC Senior Director, Holly Bachman, attended the  League of California Cities Riverside County Membership Meeting in La Quinta California. A full house of 102 people were in attendance. California Consulting is a proud League Partner and pleased to provide grant writing services for many cities across Riverside County.  League of California Cities

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