March 2017

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

Ambassador Press Release
USC Unruh Institute of Politics Announces New Unruh Ambassadors Program 
 Los Angeles, California - February 6, 2017 - The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics has announced the formation of its Unruh Ambassadors program, in which more than two dozen respected community, business and labor leaders in Southern California will become integrally involved in the Unruh Institute's activities and will work with USC students to help them identify and advance political, public service, and professional career goals.
The Unruh Ambassadors program will be led by Steve Samuelian, the Chief Executive Officer of California Consulting and Susan SiFuentes-Trigueros, the Regional Public Affairs Manager of Southern California Gas Company, who will be responsible for facilitating the Unruh Ambassadors' engagement with the USC community and advocating for the program within their professional circles and the broader community. 

 "We are excited to announce the formation of the Unruh Ambassadors program. These respected community leaders will be an invaluable asset to our students, as we work with them to help students identify their own leadership and career goals. Steve and Susan are uniquely qualified to lead this effort," said Robert Shrum, Director of the Unruh Institute. "With their fellow Ambassadors, they will be instrumental in helping our students understand the various ways for public-minded citizens to make a difference in their communities."

To view the rest of the article and see the list of USC UNRUH Ambassadors, please click the link below: 


California Consulting is pleased to announce the City of Waterford has received the Caltrans/StanCOG Active Transportation Program (ATP) Regional Component in the amount of $108,000. Congratulations to City of Waterford and California Consulting's grant writing team on the successful application. 

California Consulting client, Azusa Unified School District, was awarded the California ASCD Outstanding Instructional Leader 2017 Merit Award! Congratulations to Superintendent Linda Kaminski for receiving this wonderful award. California Consulting Senior Education Associate Dr. John Walkup and the AUSD team wrote this competitive application.

California Consulting LLC is pleased to announce our client, Azusa Unified School District, was awarded the Classics for Kids grant for $5,000! Congratulations to Azusa Unified School District staff and California Consulting's grant writing team on the successful application.

Future Events: 

California Consulting to Host Water Grant Funding Call with State Water Board.


California Consulting LLC is pleased to announce a multitude of US Department of Justice Grants. To view the full details, please click here.

US Department of Justice: Second Chance Act Reentry Program for Adults with Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders FY 2017 Competitive Grant 

US Department of Justice: Smart Reentry - Focus on Evidence-based Strategies for Successful Reentry from Incarceration to Community FY 2017 Competitive Grant

US Department of Justice: Swift, Certain, and Fair (SCF) Supervision Program - Including Project HOPE FY 2017 Competitive Grant

US Department of Justice: Violent Gang and Gun Crime Reduction Program (Project Safe Neighborhoods) FY 2017 Competitive Grant

US Department of Justice: Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant 

US Department of Justice: Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Site-based Program FY 2017 Competitive Grant

California Consulting Welcomes Holly Bachman as Newest Associate for Southern California. 

California is pleased to welcome Holly Bachman as our newest Associate for Southern California. Holly is responsible for working with clients and potential clients in the Southern California region.

Holly Bachman    has over 16 years of experience in marketing, PR, events and business development including serving as a Membership Consultant since 2014 and recently Co-Chair of LA Area Chamber of Commerce's new nonprofit council where she assists in growing membership and consults with various small, medium and large businesses and organizations in the greater community.

Holly received her B.A. in Sociology/Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota and has been living in California for the past 11 years. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching movies, attending sporting events, and most importantly giving back to the community through mentoring and organizing various local and national events that promote identity, diversity and unity. Holly is also a member of the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), University of Minnesota Alumni Association and currently resides in the Pasadena area. 

CalRecycle: 2017-18 Tire-Derived Product Grant Program

Primary Deadline: April 12, 2017

Secondary Deadline: May 11, 2017 (for Resolution & EPPP documents only)

Amount: $150,000 per grant award.  $1 Million has been allocated for the entire program for 2017-18.

Match: Any project costs not covered by the grant award, including construction and installation.

Eligibility: Public entities including: California cities, counties, public school districts, public colleges and universities, special districts, park or recreational districts, and state agencies.

Description: CalRecycle administers a program to provide opportunities for the diversion of tires from landfill disposal, prevent illegal tire dumping, and promote markets for recycled-content products. The Tire-Derived Product (TDP) Grant Program is a reimbursement grant designed to use TDPs for re-purposing projects such as pathways, landscaping, mats, playground surfacing, curb stops, and ramps.  Only one application per qualifying entity will be accepted and only for projects within California. A minimum of 2,500 California-generated waste tires must be used per application. Multiple products/projects may be combined to achieve this minimum. Project(s) must not have previously received CalRecycle grant funds

California Natural Resources Agency (CRNA): Urban Greening Grant Program

Deadlines: April 11, 2017 (for optional concept proposals); May 1, 2017 (for online application)

Amount: $76 million is available for urban greening projects for one grant cycle. There are no minimum or maximum grant amounts for this program.

Match:  None

Eligibility: Cities, counties, special districts, nonprofit organizations, or joint power athorities. 

The Urban Greening Program, funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund, will fund projects that transform the built environment into places that are more sustainable, enjoyable, and effective in creating healthy and vibrant communities by establishing and enhancing parks and open space, using natural solutions to improving air and water quality and reducing energy consumption, and creating more walkable and bike-able trails.  Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis.  This program emphasizes, and gives priority to, projects that are proposed by and benefit the State's disadvantaged communities.
Examples of eligible urban greening projects include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Establishment, enhancement, and expansion of neighborhood parks and community
  • spaces
  • Greening of public lands and structures, including schoolyards, and which may include
  • incorporation of riparian habitat for water capture and provide for other public and wildlife
  • benefits
  • Green streets and alleyways
  • Non-motorized urban trails that provide safe routes for travel between residences,
  • workplaces, commercial centers, and schools
  • Urban heat island mitigation and energy conservation efforts
All eligible projects must result in GHG reductions by including at least one of the following activities:
  1. Sequester and store carbon by planting trees
  2. Reduce building energy use by strategically planting trees to shade buildings
  3. Reduce commute vehicle miles traveled by constructing bicycle paths, bicycle lanes or pedestrian facilities that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools.
If you or your entity is interested in California Consulting LLC writing this applicaiton, please contact our Southern California Office at (323)728-9002.

Welcome to the Team!
California Consulting welcomes the City of Palmdale, City of Carson, and the City of Blythe 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 Orange County Waste & Recycling  have renewed their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services!

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 


2/24/17-  The L.A. County Business Federation(BizFed) held a leadership meeting on Friday Feb. 24, 2017 in Downtown L.A. with special guest California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. BizFed Executive Committee member and California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, was asked to introduce Commissioner Jones at the meeting. The meeting was a very productive public policy discussion about issues facing the State.

2/24/17 - California Consulting Associate Imelda Padilla represented the firm at the Latinas Lead California event on Friday Feb. 24, 2017. California Consulting is proud to support Latinas Lead California. Several elected officials and community leaders were in attendance at the successful reception.

2/24/17-  California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, with Assemblyman Harper at the grant workshop in Newport Beach. The workshop was attended by several dozen people from throughout Orange County. California Consulting wishes to thank Assemblyman Harper for organizing this wonderful and informative workshop. California Consulting is pleased to serve as the grant writers for several public agencies throughout Orange county.

2/16/17-  Lee Neves was proud to represent California Consulting at the League of California Cities South Joaquin Division Meeting. Lee is pictured here with Avenal City Council Member, Glenda Woolley.

2/16/17-  Allison Richards, California Consulting, Senior Director, attended the CSDA San Diego Chapter meeting on Feb. 16. We are proud to support our many CSDA-member clients and CSDA activities statewide!

2/13/17- Allison Richards , Sr. Director, was proud to represent California Consulting at the League of California Cities, Riverside Div. Meeting in the City of Wildomar, February 13, 2017. The City created a wonderful event! California Consulting is a League Partner and pleased to be providing services to many League members.

2/8/17California Consulting Associate, Sergio Sanchez, at the League of California Cities City Managers Conference in Monterey, CA. Sergio attended the conference and met with several city managers to discuss grant funding for municipalities.

2/7/17-  California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, was the guest speaker at a Grant Workshop hosted by U.S. Representative Mimi Walters, February 7, 2017, in Irvine, CA. Steve discussed grant writing and funding opportunities to over 75 community leaders for over two hours. Thanks you U.S. Representative Mimi Walters for this wonderful opportunity.California Consulting is proud to serve as the grant writers and grant administrators for several public agencies throughout Orange County. The workshop was hosted by Congresswoman Walters and held at Irvine City Hall.

2/7/17- California Consulting Director of Operations,  Shari Herbold , attended the Ventura County California Special Districts Association (VCSDA) Annual Dinner on February 7, 2017. During the event, the VCSDA Officers were elected for 2017-2018. California Consulting provides federal, state,and private foundation grant writing services for several special districts across the State.

2/3/17- California Consulting LLC CEO, Steve Samuelian, was the guest speaker at a Grant Workshop hosted by Senator Levya on February 3, 2017. Steve held a two hour discussion about grant writing and funding opportunities to over 75 community leaders from across the Inland Empire. Thanks to Senator Leyva, Manuel Saucedo, and California Consulting Associate Dan Rodriguez for your leadership

Issue: 15
In This Issue

Client Spotlight: Hermosa Beach

Hermosa Beach welcomes you to a sunny small beach city of 1.4 square miles that serves a population of 19,801. Hermosa Beach is just 5 miles south of Los Angeles and is the quintessential location of the Southern California lifestyle. 
There are a plethora of diverse outdoor activities such as volleyball, surfboarding, skateboarding, and boogie boarding, as well as, a skate park, green belt, community theater, and a senior center.  Other favorite activities include jogging, skating or biking along the Strand, the paved strip paralleling the beach and connecting Hermosa with the neighboring beach cities. 

The City offers a full range of municipal services, including police and fire protection, community development (planning and zoning), cultural, recreation and parks, maintenance and construction of public improvements, parking and animal control, and general administration.
Hermosa Beach is also known for its music from rock to blues to jazz. There are many festivals and special events throughout the year with the two largest being the three - day weekends of Memorial Day and Labor Day to celebrate the Fiesta Hermosa Street Fair. Hermosa is also well known for its many tasty and diverse restaurants.
Hermosa Beach is within a few minutes commute of many of the largest and best known names in corporate America in such fields as aerospace, high tech, industrial, service and financial.
It's no wonder they are called "The Best Little Beach City" 

To learn more about Hermosa Beach, please go to their website:

Team Member Spotlight: Ily Malinsky

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight Ilya Malinsky. Ilya is a highly skilled California Consulting Project Manager. With over a decade of professional writing experience, Ilya Malinsky has authored a wide range of successful grant proposals focusing on social services and education. 

Ilya has secured funding for a number of publicly and privately funded projects serving low-income communities and student populations. Projects have included educational and skill-building programs in underserved urban communities, programs for pregnant and parenting high school students, and comprehensive after-school programs for middle school students in cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Washington, DC.

Ilya earned his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Boston University.

Upcoming Grants: 

Municipal Opportunities:

DWR/CFDA: Agricultural Water Use Efficiency & State Efficiency and Enhancement Program

Deadline: April 21, 2017

Amount: $200,000 maximum award

Match: 50% match of the total project cost

Eligibility: Public agencies, public utilities, federally 
recognized or state Indian tribes, nonprofit organizations, mutual water companies, and investor-owned utilities regulated by the California PUC.

Through this competitive grant program, DWR and CDFA intend to demonstrate the potential multiple benefits of conveyance enhancements combined with on-farm agricultural water use efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions. The grant funding provided in this joint program is intended to address multiple goals including: 1) water use efficiency, conservation and reduction, 2) greenhouse gas emission reductions, 3) groundwater protection, and 4) sustainability of agricultural operations and food production. It is also anticipated that there will be benefits to water and air quality, groundwater security, surface water conservation, and improved nutrient management and crop health through this program. Excellent proposals will demonstrate the specific regional needs and benefits of their proposals.

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD): Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 2016 Drought Lateral Grant

Deadline: May 31, 2017

Amount: $150,000 - $2 Million

Match: None.

Eligibility: Non-entitlement CDBG jurisdictions in California only.  See Appendix A - Non-Entitlement CDBG Juristictions List by following the link below.

The Department of Housing and Community Development (Department) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $5,000,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding for direct relief and mitigation of the effects of the 2014 California Drought Disaster, as declared by Governor Brown. This NOFA applies only to the installation of CDBG-eligible water lateral connections to new or existing public water systems for single- and multi-family residential structures that have no running water as a result of having a dry or contaminated well. Also included are water meters, system connection fees and the abatement of existing dry wells. The CDBG-eligible activity is Housing Rehabilitation

US Department of Transportation: FY 2017 California Federal Lands Access Program (CA FLAP)

Deadline: April 7, 2017

Amount: Varies.  $32.9 Million allocated to entire program.

Match: 11.47% or greater of total project cost

Eligibility: State, county, tribal, or city government agencies that own or maintain the transportation facility.

The California Federal Lands Access Program (CA FLAP) is a competitive, discretionary program for states, counties, tribes
and local governments. The program provides funds for transportation facilities that provide access to, or are located on or adjacent to Federal lands, with emphasis placed on facilities that improve access to high use recreation sites or Federal economic generators. The Federal lands access transportation facility must be owned or maintained by the state, tribe or local government. Eligible projects include engineering, rehabilitation, restoration, construction, reconstruction, transportation planning, and research of Federal lands access transportation facilities.

Educational Opportunities:

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) Public Benefit Program New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Purchase Grant

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted; ASAP

Amount: $20,000 per vehicle (max); $100,000 per agency (max)

Eligibility: School districts in the five-county area of the SJVAPCD in central California

This component provides funding for the purchase of new alternative fueled vehicles (Electric, Plug-In Hybrid, CNG, LNG, LPG, etc.) Applications for this component are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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 enviroment has been disrupeted. 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.

CA Office of Public School Construction (OPSC): Facility Hardship Program

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Estimated $13.7 Million left in program

Eligibility: To be eligible for a facility hardship grant the district must demonstrate that one of two conditions exists: facilities must be repaired/replaced due to an imminent health and safety threat, or existing facilities have been lost to fire, flood, earthquake or other disaster.

The Facility Hardship program assists districts with funding when it has been determined that the district has a critical need for pupil housing because the condition of the facilities, or the lack of facilities, presents an imminent threat to the health and safety of the pupils.  There are two types of Facility Hardship projects based on the Current Replacement Cost, as defined in School Facility Program Regulation Section 1859.2:
  1. Replacement: Cost to mitigate the health and safety threat is greater than 50 percent of the cost of replacement.
  2. Rehabilitation: Cost to mitigate the health and safety threat is less than 50 percent of the cost of replacement.

Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation" "Together Counts" Grants

Deadline: Varies by program/continuous

Amount: Prizes ranging from $1,000 to $30,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Schools

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance-calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas - families and schools. There are 3 ways to win: "Find Your Balance Challenge," "Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes" and "Smart from the Start." 


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