January 2018

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

Ten Grants Awarded to California Consulting Clients

California Consulting's pleased to announce that in the m onth of December we have secured a total of ten awards for our clients. 

These latest achievements are wonderful examples of the vision and commitment of our client's leadership to promote the quality of life for their constituents.


City of Maywood CalFire Urban & Community Grant Program $201,000

Azusa Unified School District Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program $146,625
Azusa Unified School District California Scale-Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) Initiative $25,000
Azusa Unified School District OCDE Scale-Up MTSS Statewide Initiative $25,000

Central Union Elementary School District California Scale-Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) Initiative $50,000
Central Union Elementary School District CA SUMS Grant $50,000

Coachella Valley USD California Scale-Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) Initiative $25,000

Temple City Unified School District  California Scale-Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) Initiative $25,000

City of Palmdale    LA84       $15,268

San Bernardino City Unified School District CDE - Civic Learning Award Merit Award

From the Desk of the Grants Manager: 
Chris Gonzalez

Happy New Year and New Funding Opportunities! For the California Consulting client, the start of the new calendar year also brings in typical seasonal offerings to cities and districts, including grants in arts, parks, recreation and sports, safety and pending larger federal infrastructure offerings.
The National Endowment for the Art (NEA) has released it's Art Works program RFP. This grant ranges from a minimum of $10,000 up to $100,000. Based on the belief that "The Arts...belong to all the people of the United States" the Art Works program focuses on project-based funding that encourages public engagement and appreciation of the arts. The theme is to Celebrate America's creativity and cultural heritage and invite dialogue that fosters mutual respect for diverse beliefs. All mediums of artistic expression within the agency's scope of focus can benefit cities, school districts and nonprofits! The NEA Art Works proposal is due 2/15/18. The NEA's follow-up grant; Challenge: America is a $10,000 grant due 4/12/18.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation has it's FY 2018 Program Grant: Keeping Teens in the Game which provides up to $90,000 for a 3-year sports program, and it's Safe Places to Play Vendor Credit grant that can provide a variety of structural upgrades for soccer or multi-use fields. ESPN Home Court Program offers up to $25,000 per public or school basketball courts (in Los Angeles County), while the PeopleforBikes program awards up to $10,000 for trail and equipment needs.

California Consulting is in full swing writing the ever-important and popular Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant. This grant provides up to $3M for public park development and includes a plethora of structural upgrades and installations to expand the use of American land for recreational park use. City Fire Departments are preparing their important DHS/FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG due 2/2/18). 

Call your Project Manager to learn more about any of these opportunities and the upcoming schedule of grants for Education, Municipal and Nonprofit California Consulting clients!

California Consulting LLC CEO Steve Samuelian Receives Appointment from the Republic of Armenia 

California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, has been appointed as an Honorary Representative for the Development Foundation of Armenia (DFA) in the USA. 

Steve's motivation is to help Armenia by building awareness of Armenia's economic development opportunities through fostering relationships between American companies and Armenia.

BizFed Founding Chief Executive Officer Tracy Hernandez said, "BizFed is pleased to congratulate Steve on this major appointment. Steve has been an active leader and member of the BizFed Executive Committee and Board of Directors for many years and he is held in high regard by business and political leaders throughout the State of California. He brings tremendous talent and decades of experience to this new role. BizFed is proud to congratulate one of our own on this prestigious appointment." 

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Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 

Welcome, New Clients!
California Consulting is pleased to welcome the City of Corona, City of Fillmore, and Pleasanton Unified School District as our newest clients. We look forward to strategically collaborating with them to help transform their vision into reality.



CC LLC is honored that Temple City Unified School District, City of Tustin, the City of San Fernando and the City of Maywood have decided to renew their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services. 


01/02/17-  California Consulting Associate, Derek Rojas, attended the Hacienda Heights Kiwanis Club Rose Float Decorating at Phoenix Decorating. Derek is with Rowland Unified School Board Member, David Malkin, and his wife Teri. They served food to 600 volunteers that were decorating the Rose Parade floats.

12/26/17- CC LLC, CEO, Steve Samuelian, was honored to receive an award from the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) for serving on the Executive Committee in 2017 and as Co-Chair of the Advisory Council. 

12/19/17-  California Consulting, LLC  Associate, Matthew Park met with the Office of Kern County Supervisor Mike Maggard at the Board of Supervisors Office in Bakersfield. Matt is pictured with Jeff Flores, Chief of Staff. The two discussed grant funding and California Consulting's work in the kern county region.

12/19/17-  California Consulting Associate, Matthew Park, recently met with Kern County Supervisor Leticia Perez's office. The meeting topic was grant funding. Matthew is pictured with Nicole Villaruz, Chief of Staff for Supervisor Perez.  California Consulting, LLC  is proud to provide grant writing services for several agencies throughout Kern County and the entire San Joaquin Valley.

12/18/17-  California Consulting held our annual year end  management team meeting  at  City Club LA . Our leadership team discussed achievements for our clients in 2017 and set goals for 2018. Thanks to Statewide Senior Director  Holly Choon Hyang Bachman , State Grants Manager  Chris Gonzalez , Director of Operations  Dan Rodriguez , Director of Communications  Shasta Bell , and Houry Samuelian for participating in the day long meeting.We are looking forward to a great 2018!

12/18/17-  California Consulting's Director of Operations,  Dan Rodriguez , attended the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance Holiday Reception at Pacific Palms Hotel in the City of Industry on December 14th. Dan is pictured with Mike Touhey, Water Board Member.

12/16/17- California Consulting, LLC Statewide Senior Director Holly Choon Hyang Bachman at the Vanir Construction holiday party at the City Club LA. Holly is pictured here with Vanir Construction CEO Dorene Dominguez. Dorene and Vanir are always doing great work for our communities.

12/1417- Congratulations to the Orange County Business Council, OCBIA, Orange County REALTORS, and Orange County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for hosting the holiday event of the year in OC. A fantastic and packed holiday reception including carolers and lots of festivities including many elected officials and community leaders. California Consulting, LLC is honored to provide grant writing services for many public agencies throughout Orange County.

12/14/17-  California Consulting Associate, Derek Rojas, attended Supervisor Janice Rutherford's Holiday Event on December 14th. The event was attended by elected officials and police agencies. Thank you, Supervisor Rutherford, for a wonderful evening. Derek is pictured here with San Bernardino County Supervisor  Janice Rutherford California Consulting, LLC  provides grant writing services for many cities, school districts, and others throughout San Bernardino County.

12/14/17-  California Consulting, LLC  Associate, Derek Rojas, participated in the San Gabriel Valley Merry Mingle where many elected officials and business owners attended the festivities. Derek is pictured with Albert Chang, Executive Director of the Chinese American Elected Officials, and Paul Hubler, President of San Gabriel Valley Public Affairs

12/13/17- California Consulting, LLC Senior Associate, Maryann Marino, attended a holiday party honoring Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington. Maryann is pictured here with Aliso Viejo Mayor Dave Harrington.

12/8/17-  California Consulting, LLC  Statewide Senior Director  Holly Choon Hyang Bachman  attended the  League of California Cities - South San Joaquin Valley  Holiday Party  on Friday December 8, 2017 held in Dinuba. Congratulations to Raj Rakkar for her outstanding work and for organizing a very successful reception. The event was attended by more than 60 local elected officials and leaders from the South San Joaquin Valley. California Consulting is pleased to provide grant writing services to many public agencies throughout San Joaquin Valley.

12/8/17-  California Consulting, LLC  Statewide Senior Director,  Holly Choon Hyang Bachman , and Associate,  Lee Neves , gave an informative presentation to Waterford's City Council on December 7th. California Consulting is honored to collaborate with the City of Waterford to help transform their vision into their legacy. We are proud to have the City of Waterford as our client as we provide grant writing services to the City. Pictured here are Lee Neves and Holly Bachman at Waterford City Hall

12/7/17- CC LLC CEO Steve Samuelian and Associate, Harout Semerdjian, at the 7th Annual All Cities Holiday Reception. Thank you Los Angeles County Business Federation and it's partners for this lovely event with hundreds of elected and government officials, staffers, executives and others in public service.

12/7/17- California Consulting, LLC Senior Associate, Maryann Marino, attended the Open House for Senator John Moorlach. Maryann is pictured with Senator Moorlach. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for many public agencies in Orange County. 

12/6/17-  California Consulting, LLC  CEO, Steve Samuelian, was honored to be a Co-Chair and Master of Ceremonies at a reception honoring California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. S teve is pictured here with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Regional San Gabriel Valley Chamber of Commerce CEO  Anthony Duarte .

12/4/17-  State Controller Betty Yee was the special guest speaker at a reception hosted by California Consulting and several other industry-leading companies at the CSBA conference in San Diego on Friday evening December 1. The reception was attended by many school board members and superintendents from across the State.  California Consulting, LLC  is the largest grant writing company in the State writing grants for school districts, cities, special districts and others. 

12/04/17-  California Consulting, LLC  CEO Steve Samuelian and Statewide Senior Director  Holly Choon Hyang Bachman  with CALSA Regional Director, Dr. McNeil. California Consulting Director of Operations Dan Rodriguez along with Steve and Holly attended the CALSA and California Latino School Board Members Association reception held at the CSBA annual conference in San Diego.

12/04/17- California Consulting, LLC  CEO Steve Samuelian was asked to be a presenter at the California School Board Association annual conference in San Diego. The topic was "How to locate grant funds for your school district." Steve presented to several school board members and superintendents. 

12/03/17-  California Consulting, LLC  Senior Associate  Maryann Marino  at the  22nd Annual OCPAA Holiday Reception . Maryann is pictured with California Consulting client  City of Aliso Viejo Councilman Mike Munzing. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for many cities across Orange County

12/1/17-  California Consulting, LLC  team members  Dan Rodriguez Holly Choon Hyang Bachman , and John Hoy at the CSBA conference in San Diego. C alilfornia Consulting is proud to provide grant writing and grant administration services for many school districts across the State.

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In This Issue

Coachella Valley Unified School District

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight Coachella Valley Unified School District. CVUSD believes all students must have access to student-centered, rigorous educational programs provided by knowledgeable caring, and committed staff and that their educational accomplishment will acquire the ability to become productive, responsible citizens. 

CVUSD's strong ability to foster positive relationships between school, parents, and the community is key to their student's success.

In aligning with their motto, "Together We Build the Future", CVUSD received the Orange County Department of Education MTSS Grant in the amount of $25,000.

CC LLC congratulates CVUSD on their recent success. 

Team Member Spotlight: 

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight our Project Manager, David Marquez. David has been with California Consulting for over 6 years. In 2017 David's applications were funded for over $8.3 million dollars. Needless to say, David, had a stellar year! 

California Consulting Communications Director Shasta Bell said, "David has done a fantastic job writing competitive grant applications for cities, school districts and special districts all over California."

CalRecycle: FY2017-18 Tire Derived Aggregate (TDA) Grants

Deadlines: February 1, 2018

Amount: Individual grants up to $300,000

Match: Any project or materials costs not covered by the grant.

Eligibility: California local government entities (including cities, counties, and cities and counties); Special districts (including transportation districts); Joint Powers Authorities (JPA) (where all JPA members are also otherwise eligible applicants); Public school districts; Institutions of higher education; for-profit entities, nonprofit entities.

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 must be located in California and use California waste tires.  Projects generally 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).

California 2018 Nonpoint Source Grant Program (CA NPS)

Due Date: February 8, 2018 at 5:00 pm.

Amount: CWA 319 & Timber Fund $250,000 Min - $800,000 MaxTotal cost of a project including match can exceed $800,000, but grant amount is limited to $800,000 

Match: Yes. 25% of project (see formula in guidelines). Note applicant may qualify for and apply for partial or full match waiver. Match can be donated funds, volunteer or in-kind services.

Eligibility: An applicant must be a public agency, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, Federally Recognized Tribe**, state agency, public college, or a federal agency.

Description: The 2018 Nonpoint Source (NPS) Grant Program aims to reduce and mitigate the effects of nonpoint source pollutants in waters of the state. Nonpoint source pollutants include sediment, pesticides, nutrients, and other pollutants from diffuse, nonpoint sources. The funds in the NPS Grant Program are reserved for implementation projects, or projects that install treatments or management practices to reduce the physical load of nonpoint source pollutants to, or concentration of nonpoint source pollutants in waters of the state; projects may incorporate outreach and education, project-level planning and design, and water quality monitoring, but may not consist entirely of outreach and education, project design, or water quality monitoring. The 2018 NPS Grant Program is comprised of funds from a U.S. EPA Clean Water Act (CWA) section 319(h) grant to the State Water Board (Federal Grant),1 and from the Timber Regulation and Forest Restoration Fund (Timber Fund) should such funds be made available to the State Water Board through the fiscal year 2018/2019 California Budget Act. Agencies/Cities/Districts can apply through one or both of the funds. See table in RFP for respective criteria. To apply for funding, applicants must submit a complete proposal per Section E, Proposal Instructions in the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST): https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov/. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals with Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board) staff prior to submitting their proposals in order to ensure proposals address the priorities of the Regional Water Board. Applicants who discuss their proposals with Regional Water Board staff generally have a higher chance of being selected for funding. Applicants are also encouraged to begin their proposals well in advance of the submittal deadline; failure to submit a complete proposal by the deadline will result in disqualification.
The eligibility requirements for the CWA 319 funds and Timber Fund are different. Applicants may apply for one or both of these sources of funding, but proposals must meet the minimum eligibility requirements for at least one of the funding sources in order to receive funding. State and Regional Water Board staff reserve the right to make a final determination as to which funding source is most appropriate for each proposal.

Vodaphone America's Foundation: Wireless Innovation Project
Due Date: 03/05/2018 11:59PM
Amount: Up to $600,000
Match: Based on project reach
Eligibility: Universities or Nonprofits in US

The Vodafone Americas Foundation™ designed the Wireless Innovation Project™ as a competition to promote innovation and increase implementation of wireless related technology for a better world. Total awards up to $600,000 will be available to support projects of exceptional promise that meet our eligibility criteria. he Vodafone Wireless Innovation Project™ (the "competition") seeks to identify and fund the best innovations using wireless related technology to address critical social issues around the world. Project proposals must demonstrate significant advancement in the field of wireless-related technology applied to social benefit use. The competition is open to projects from universities and nonprofit organizations based in the United States. Although organizations must be based in the United States, projects may operate and help people outside of the United States.  Applicants must demonstrate a multi-disciplinary approach that uses an innovation in wireless-related technology to address a critical global issue in one or more of the following areas:  Social Issue Areas, Access to communication, Education ,Economic development, Environment ,Health ,Technical Issue Areas ,Connectivity, Energy, Language or Literacy hurdles, Ease of use.
The project must be at a stage of research where an advanced prototype or field/market test can occur during the award period. The Technology should have the potential for replication and large scale impact. Teams should have a business plan or a basic framework for financial sustainability and rollout.


21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens

Due Date: January 26, 2018

Amount: $50,000-$250,000 (Allocation of $10/per student)

Match:  None

Eligible Applicants: institutions of higher education, local educational 
agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies

Required Eligibility Criteria: Public or private entities are eligible to apply for 21st Century Community Learning Centers funds (20 United States Code §7173[a][3]) provided that they propose to serve Title I schools that have schoolwide programs, or a Title I school with at least 40 percent of the students eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals and the school is 1) either in Program Improvement, or 2) been determined by the local educational agency to be in need of intervention and support, and all programs must serve the families of students at these schools.

Funding Description: The purpose of the 21st Century High School ASSETs Program is to provide local flexibility in the establishment or expansion of community learning centers that provide students in grades nine-twelve with academic enrichment opportunities and activities designed to complement the students' regular academic program and that support college and career readiness, assist with literacy and related educational development services for families of these students, and provide a safe environment for students participating in their programs.  View at

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County: Free Buses for Schools Program

Deadline: Continuous while funding is available

Amount: Varies.  LACSD will reimburse schools for bus transportation costs.

Match: None

Eligibility: Teachers/classrooms for grades 5-12 at a public or private school in the Sanitation District's service in LA County.

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County are offering you a free field trip to our facilities (while funds last). If you qualify, we will reimburse you for your bus transportation costs to visit either a wastewater treatment plant, materials recovery facility or one of our other sites. This is a unique opportunity for you and your students. You will get to see, learn, and really experience what happens to your sewage or trash. It is fun, interesting, and educational! Please note that funds for buses are limited and may run out. A school is eligible for one free bus during the school year.

California Department of Education (CDE): FY 2017-18 California
Renovation and Repair Loan Program

Deadline: June 29, 2018

Amount: Varies.  $26,600,000 has been allocated to the entire program

Match: None

Eligibility: Institutions of higher education, local educational agencies, nonprofit organizations, other organizations or agencies

The California Renovation and Repair Loan (CRRL) Program provides loans for the renovation and repair of existing facilities in order to ensure eligible California Department of Education (CDE) contractors meet applicable health and safety standards for federal and state licensing compliance. The CRRL Program funds are interest-free loans and may be reimbursed with contract funds. The Early Education and Support Division (EESD) will accept applications continuously; however, the EESD will award loans based on the availability of funding.  This is a loan program with zero interest and may be reimbursed with contract funds.  Loan amounts will vary, however, the loan interest is zero. In addition, the loan can be paid with reimbursement amounts from the qualifying contract(s). Loan repayment dates and performance periods will vary by loan. Applications or other data may be submitted at any time during the fiscal year.  The CRRL Program funds are available to contractors who contract with CDE to operate the California State Preschool Program (CSPP), the General Child Care and Development Program (CCTR), the Migrant Child Care and Development Program (CMIG), and/or the California Handicapped Child Care and Development Program (CHAN). Within the Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund (CCFRF), $10 million is available to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) with CSPP contracts only. An additional $16.6 is available for LEAs and non-LEAs.

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