July 2018

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

Santa Paula Unified School District Receives the CA Department of Justice Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant Program for $1,181,277

California Consulting Client, Santa Paula Unified School District, recieved $1,181,277 for the California Department of Justice Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant Program. 

These grant monies will fund 3 School Resource Officers to work at the High School, Middle School, and Elementary Schools to support tobacco use prevention ecucation for two years!  

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

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

Grant Awards: 

CC congratulates Whittier City School District (a CC client) for receiving the  21st California Community Learning Centers- Before and After School Programs in the amount of $512,059 from the California Department of Education. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Whittier City School District's leadership to promote the quality of education for its students. 

It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by CC Project Manager, Flint, who ensured a successful grant application. Thank you, Flint and congratulations WCSD!

CC congratulates Coachella Valley Unified School District (a CC client) for receiving the 21st Century Community Learning Center ASSETS High School Expanded Learning Programs in the amount of $525,000 from the California Department of Education. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Coachella Valley Unified School District's leadership to promote the quality of education for its students. 

It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by CC Project Manager, Dr. Julie High who ensured a successful grant application. Thank you, Julie, and congratulations CVUSD!

 CC congratulates The Housing Authority of the City of Madera (a CC client) for receiving the Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $185,000 from the Housing of Urban Development (HUD). 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Housing Authority of the City of Madera's leadership to promote the quality of life for its residents. 

It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by CC Project Manager, Ilya Malinsky, who ensured a successful grant application. Thank you, Ilya, and congratulations Housing Authority of the City of Madera!

CC congratulates the City of Patterson (a CC client) for receiving the 2017 Museum Grant Program in the amount of $117,000. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Patterson's leadership.  It's also a reflection of the dedication and hard work by CC Project Manager, Ilya Malinsky, who ensured a successful grant application.  Thank you, Ilya, and congratulations City of Patterson!

CC congratulates the Castro Valley Unified School District (a CC client) for receiving the Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit Program in the amount of $30,000.

T his latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Castro Valley 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 CC Project Manager, Dana Leusch, who ensured a successful grant application.
Thank you, Dana, and congratulations Castro Valley!

California Consulting Welcomes Shelley Machock
as our New Project Manager 

Shelley Machock is a Project Manager for California Consulting. Shelley has been a grant writer for more than 16 years, successfully securing both government and private funding for nonprofit agencies in Southern California. She has extensive experience writing grants for social services, health, and youth programs, and has obtained funding from the County of Los Angeles (DPSS and DCFS), FEMA, and DHHS, as well as other government agencies, private foundations, and corporations.

Shelley has more than 30 years of professional writing experience, having worked as a technical writer, corporate communications specialist, and journalist prior to her career as a grant writer.

Shelley attended the University of Southern California.

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 

Upcoming Caltrans Grants:

CalTrans: Active Transportation Program (ATP) Grant Statewide Cycle 4                    
Deadline: July 31, 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 or Increase the safety and mobility of non-motorized users.
  • Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve greenhouse gas reduction
  • 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.
CalRecycle: Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program (FY 2018-19)
Deadline: August 1, 2018; November 1, 2018; 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.

CalTrans: Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Cycle 9
Deadline: August 31, 2018
Amount: $100,000 - $10 Million
Match: 10% of project cost
Eligibility: city, county, or a tribal government federally recognized within the State of California

The purpose of the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) program is to achieve a significant reduction in traffic fatalities and serious injuries on all public roads, including non-State-owned public roads and roads on tribal land. HSIP funds are eligible for work on any public road or publicly owned bicycle or pedestrian pathway or trail, or on tribal lands for general use of tribal members, that improves the safety for its users. All proposed projects will be evaluated based on the Benefit/Cost (B/C) ratios. For Cycle 8 call-for-projects, the minimum B/C for a project to be eligible for local HSIP funding was 3.5 and this is not expected to change for Cycle 9. Please note that Caltrans expects the next call for projects (HSIP Cycle 9) to be announced around May 2018.

HUD Releases 3 Grants 

HUD: Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

Deadline: September 17, 2018

Amount: Up to $30 million

Match: Not specified

Eligibility: Nonprofits, cities, public housing authorities, tribal governments

HUD: Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Program

Deadline: August 2, 2018

Amount: $1 million to $4.1 million

Match: Not specified

Eligibility: County governments, state governments, special districts, cities and tribal governments

HUD: FY2018 Continuum of Care Program Competition

Deadline: September 18, 2018

Amount: $2,500 to $5 million

Match: Not specified

Eligibility: Cities, state governments, county governments and nonprofits

New Clients:   

California Consulting is honored that Cajon Valley Unified School District, San Bernardino Community College District, City of Stockton, and the City of Lancaster  have asked us to provide grant writing services. We look forward to strategically working with them to help turn their vision into their legacy.


CC LLC is honored that City of El Cajon and the City of San Leandro have decided to renew their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services. 


6/27/18- Francisco Barajas of the South Orange County Economic Coalition, Steve Samuelian of California Consuling and Dirissy Droan of the Orange County Association of Relators pictured at the South OC Economic Coalition annual lunch held on June 27, 2018 at the Ocean Institute in Dana Point.The lunch was a sold out event with over 200 community leaders and over 20 elected officials in attendance. 

6/25/18- CC team members  Holly Choon Hyang Bachman and Ilya Malinsky at Redwood City during a presentation at city hall on Monday to our new clients! Welcome Redwood City as a new client of  California Consulting.

6/18/18- California Consulting, Inc  Orange County Associate  Cecilia Hong  met with newly elected 
Orange County Office of Education Board 
Member  Mari Barke  to congratulate her.


6/18/18-California Consulting Associate Derek Rojas attended the Association of San Bernardino City Special Districts (ASBCSD). Derek is pictured with CSDA Public Affairs Field Coordinator, Chris Palmer. 

6/13/18- California Consulting Associate, Lee Neves, attended the League of California Cities South San Joaquin Valley Division Meeting. Lee is pictured with Patsy Perry from Waderler and Associates. 

Issue: 31
In This Issue
Client Spotlight: City of Redwood City

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight the City of Redwood City. City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco Peninsula to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Redwood City is the third largest city in the County of San Mateo, with 85,992 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year. Redwood City was incorporated in 1867, and is the home of the San Mateo County History Museum. It's also the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco.

The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience.

Information for this article can be found at:  http://www.redwoodcity.org/about-the-city

Team Member Spotlight: Derek Rojas

California Consulting is pleased to feature Derek Rojas.  Derek Rojas is a Southern California Associate for California Consulting. Derek has been in the solid waste industry for over 27 years, the majority of that time spent with Valley Vista Services, serving in various capacities. He began as their sales and Marketing Manager, with his role evolving to focus on business development and public relations. Derek enjoys the process of promoting and growing a business through positive representation at various trade shows and government organizations.
He enjoys the responsibility of maintaining, improving, and creating new business relationships with school districts, city, county, state, and federal officials.
He has served on several chamber boards and philanthropic committees and currently volunteers his time with Meals on Wheels and local service clubs in the San Gabriel Valley.
Derek and his wife live in Corona and have one daughter who is away at college.  

Upcoming Workshops: 

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US EDA and Department of Commerce: FY2018 Regional Innovations Strategies Program

Deadline: August 29, 2018

Amount: Up to $750,000

Eligibility: Cities, state government, higher education institutions, counties, nonprofits, tribal governments

EDA is committed to fostering connected, innovation-centric economic sectors that support the conversion of research into products and services, businesses, and ultimately jobs through entrepreneurship. Funding is available for capacity-building programs that provide proof-of-concept and commercialization assistance to innovators and entrepreneurs and for operational support for organizations that provide essential early stage funding to startups. Under the RIS Program, EDA is soliciting applications for two separate competitions: 1) 2018 i6 Challenge; and 2) 2018 Seed Fund Support (SFS) Grant Competition.

USDA: Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant

Deadline: Electronic Applications due July 24, 2018; Paper Applications due July 30, 2018
Amount: $175,000

The primary objective of the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers. 
Grants must be used to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups in rural areas.  Examples of technical assistance are:
  •                Feasibility studies
  •                Business plans
  •                Strategic planning
  •                Leadership training


California Department of Education: 2018-19 Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP)

Deadline: September 28, 2018

Amount: $100,000

Match: No

Eligibility: Local educational agencies

Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) provides start-up funds for the establishment of new specialized programs in grades nine through twelve in California high schools. The programs are expected to develop new standards-based model curriculum that promote an in-depth study of a targeted content area. The Legislature intends for SSP to benefit the state economy by having schools located in close proximity to related industries. Funding is available for planning and implementing new programs.

National Archives and Records Administration: Access to Historical Records Archival Projects

Deadline: October 4, 2018

Amount: $100,000

Match: The Commission provides no more than 75% of total project costs

Eligibility: Nonprofits, county government, state government, cities, tribal governments, institutions of higher education

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission seeks projects that ensure online public discovery and use of historical records collections. The Commission is especially interested in collections of America's early legal records, such as the records of colonial, territorial, county, and early statehood and tribal proceedings that document the evolution of the nation's legal history. All types of historical records are eligible, including documents, photographs, born-digital records, and analog audio and moving images. Projects may preserve and process historical records to: 1.) Create new online Finding Aids to collections; and 2.) Digitize historical records collections and make them freely available online. The NHPRC encourages organizations to actively engage the public in the work of the project.


Jewish Helping Hands: Tikkun Olam Grant Program

Deadline:  LOI Due September 14, 2018
Up to $5,000

Eligibility: Nonprofits

Jewish Helping Hands' Tikkun Olam Grant Program is intended to advance the goal of inspiring and supporting tzedakah, justice, and righteousness throughout the world. The grant program supports projects that focus on reaching needy and vulnerable populations in the United States and abroad, particularly those that have been overlooked or marginalized. Grants of up to $5,000 are provided to nonprofit organizations that show clear promise to promote self-help and empowerment within communities or respond to unmet needs of those who are poor or marginalized. The program values projects that aim to bring about positive change for groups of all backgrounds and religious affiliations. For the 2019 grant cycle, the focus is on projects that provide the basic necessities for a decent life, including food, clothing, shelter, water, and health. Projects in the United States, East Africa, Latin America, as well as regions worldwide with impoverished Jewish populations are given priority.

Polaris Industries: T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program

Deadline: September 1, 2018

Amount: Up to $10,000

Match: No

The T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program, an initiative of Polaris Industries, provides support to national, state, and local organizations in the United States to ensure the future of ATV riding. The grant program encompasses two main objectives-promoting safe and responsible riding and preserving access. Funds can be used by organizations for trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access.

Energy Upgrade California: Time of Use Community Education Project

Deadline: August 8, 2018

Amount: Not specified

Match: Not specified

Eligibility: Organizations able to reach a minimum of 5,000 Californians over 6 months that are in at least one of the hard to reach populations: low income, multicultural, disability or low-income seniors.

Energy Upgrade California is a statewide initiative committed to helping Californians take action to save energy, conserve and preserve natural resources, reduce demand on the energy grid, and make informed choices about their energy use at home and at work. Energy Upgrade California's Time of Use Community Education Project aims to dissuade customers from using energy at peak usage times while encouraging them to take advantage of California's renewable resources when they are most available. Time of use (TOU) efforts will focus on the following hard-to-reach populations: low-income, disability, multicultural, and low-income seniors. Grants will be provided to community-based organizations for programs to help fill the gap in understanding and misconceptions among hard-to-reach populations surrounding TOU and to provide alternative energy usage methods.

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