October 2016
California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

Whittier City School District is ConnectED

Whittier, California 2016- Whittier City School District has received funding for Hotspots and 400 lines of service from the ConnectED Program to provide consistent internet access to all district families. This program runs for four years and has a monetary value of $768,000! That is $192,000 per year to support Whittier City SD's innovative off-campus student learning initiative!

Preparing America's students with the skills they need to get good jobs and compete with other countries relies increasingly on interactive, personalized learning experiences driven by new technology. Yet fewer than 40% of America's schools have the broadband they need to teach using today's technology. In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education by ensuring that 99% of American students will have access to next-generation broadband by 2018. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content-and that connectivity will help transform the learning experience for all students, regardless of income.

Superintendent Carruth states, " We are extremely pleased to help our students gain internet access at home for those who currently don't have wireless. All school devices, even if at home, run through the district's protective filters so parents can be assured we are doing all we can to keep them safe. We want to give our students the opportunity to do school work at home and this grant makes that a reality for many of our families."


California Consulting is pleased to announce Whittier City School District received the Sprint ConnectED Grant for 400 lines! The grant runs over 4 years and has a monetary value of $768,000. That comes out to $192,000 per year. Congratulations to Whittier City School District staff and California Consulting's grant writing team on the successful application.

California Consulting client, William S. Hart School District, has been awarded the CTE Teach CEO grant for $26,650. Congratulationss to city staff and our amazing grant writing team at California Consulting.

California Consulting LLC is pleased to announce our client, Whittier City School District, received the Arts for All: School District Advancement grant for $17,600! Congratulations to Whittier City School District and the grant writing team at California Consulting!


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California Department of Education (CDE): Specialized Secondary Programs (SSP) Grant

Deadline: October 28, 2016

Amount: Up to $100,000

Match: None

Eligibility: Local educational agencies.  Please see additional eligibility criteria below.
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.  The proposed program must be new to the school and serve students in at least two consecutive grades nine through twelve. All California public high schools including continuation high schools, county offices of education, consortia of LEAs, and direct-funded charter schools, are eligible to apply for SSP planning grants.  The SSP funding cannot be used to supplement an existing California Partnership Academy, Linked Learning pathway, or other existing programs, competitions, or clubs at the school. The SSP funding is for new and innovative programs. High schools that currently have these types of programs may apply for a SSP grant if the focus of the SSP is significantly different from that of the existing programs (E.G. an unrelated/different pathway) 

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 
California Consulting is pleased to welcome the Alpaugh Unified School District, Fontana Unified School District , Lancaster School
District,  Cyber High by Fresno County Office of Education,   City of Escondido  and Sativa Water District as our newest clients. 


California Consulting extends our deepest gratitude to  
City of Monterey Park,  City of Glendale,  and  San Bernardino City Unified School District for renewing their contract. Thank you for your continued trust in our service .


For a complete list of all the events attended, 
9/29/16 - California Consulting LLC's Statewide Grants Manager, Tristan Shamp, and Senior Project Manager- Central California, Ann Vermel, attended a meeting at Coalinga Huron Unified School District.

9/29/16 - California Consulting Associate, Imelda Padilla, attended the Latinas Lead Event. Imelda is pictured here with Latinas Lead CA Board Member, Susan Sifuentes-Trigueros.

 9/27/16- California Consulting Senior Associate-Orange County, Maryann Marino meets up with our client, Westminster City Councilman Sergio Contreras.          

9/22/16- Recently,  California Consulting, LLC Associate,  Imelda Padilla attended the ICA installation dinner. Pictured with Don Hunt of Norton Rose Fulbright, Steve Samuelian, CEO, California Consulting, Imelda Padilla, CC LLC Associate, Vivian Romero Mayor of Montebello, and Mayor  Robert Gonzales of City of San Fernando. The event was the ICA officer installation dinner. Congratulations to Montebello Mayor Pro-Tem  Vivian Romero Montebello Council on her installation as President of ICA. California Consulting, LLC is proud to congratulate Vivian on this major achievement and wishes her and the entire ICA Board best of luck in the 2016-17 year!

9/19/16 - California Consulting, LLC CEO Steve Samuelian was invited to introduce Congresswoman Lorretta Sanchez at a small group invitation only meeting held yesterday in Los Angeles. The meeting was organized by the L.A. County Business Federation (BizFed) and attended by 25 business leaders from across L.A County. The host of the meeting was TELACU. Congresswoman Sanchez spoke to the group about her role as a Senior Member of the House Armed Services Committee and other major federal issues. Steve is an Executive Committee Member and Board Member of BizFed serving as the Co-Chair of the BizFed Advisory Council.  #GoBizFed

9/14/16 - On Sept. 14, 2016 California Consulting, LLC Associate Ann Vermel was the guest speaker at a grant writing workshop hosted by the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board. The workshop was attended by more than 35 key community leaders from across the San Joaquin Valley and was held at the WIB office in Fresno. Ann presented a detailed analysis of grant writing, narratives, budget narratives and other helpful grant writing tips. California Consulting is the state's largest grant writing company and we serve several public agencies throughout the San Joaquin Valley. Thank you to Fresno WIB for hosting this workshop and great job Ann on the wonderful presentation.

9/12/16 Allison Richards, Statewide Director, attended the LOCC San Diego Division Luncheon today to learn more about the League's legislative activities. Allison is pictured here with Catherine Hill, Regional Public Affairs Manager LOCC, San Diego and Imperial Counties and Andy Hall, City Manager of Imperial Beach and one of our highly valued clients! has been published on California Consulting

California Consulting, LLC Senior Director Allison Richards with California Latino School Board Members Association (CLSBA) President Dr. Barbara Flores at the California Latino School Boards Association (CLSBA) conference in Del Mar. California Consulting, LLC representatives Allison Richards and Imelda Padilla attended the CLSBA conference. Congratulations CLSBA and keep up the great work!

9-8-16 California Consulting, LLC Associate, Imelda Padilla, at an event in the City of Lynwood for Jose Luis Solache. Pictured here with Jose Solache, Imelda, was able to connect with members of the Lynwood School Board and City Council.

9-1-16 California Consulting, LLC Associate, Matthew Park, Presented at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Region 11 Meeting on September 1, 2016. The meeting was held in Bakersfield and was attended by Superintendents and Administrators from Kern and Tulare Counties.

For a complete list of all the events attended, 

Issue: 10
In This Issue
Client Spotlight:

Castro Valley Unified School District

The Castro Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) is a public preschool through adult school district. Overall, the district contains almost 9,000 students. It was created in 1965.

Castro Valley Unified School District educates students to become adaptable, critical thinkers who explore their passions and contribute as active members of our evolving world.

In partnership with the community, Castro Valley Unified School District educates students in a learning environment that is safe, nurturing and culturally responsive. Students are guided by
excellent inspired staff, utilizing innovative instruction, curricula and technology.

Castro Valley Unified is proud to have the following core values: 
  • Student success is the responsibility of all.
  • We nurture the gifts and talents of all students.
  • Our schools are safe spaces for all.
  • Our commitment to equity ensures that our educational system is responsive to all students regardless of personal and social circumstances.
  • All students, families, and staff are valued and treated with respect and dignity.
  • ALL means ALL.
California Consulting is ecstatic to have this district as our client! To learn more about CVUSD, please visit their website at  http://www.cv.k12.ca.us/

Team Member Spotlight:

Allison Richards

California Consulting is proud to spotlight Allison Richards. 

Allison J. Richards is California Consulting's Statewide Senior Director. Her responsibilities include overseeing client retention and business development throughout California.

Allison J. Richards is an award-winning business and marketing executive, with more than 25 years of creative marketing experience nestled in nearly 30 years of business, program and process management. For most of her career, she has worked within the public sector to introduce ideas and encourage project engagement, and has collaborated with many levels of stakeholders - city, state, county and federal.

Allison has experienced both sides of the grant proposal process, developed and led outreach and sales teams, managed multiple million dollar federally-funded projects, and administered defense contract proposals. She led one such team to completely revamp a stagnant $6 million annual program, from website to paperless processes, leading to a Federal Highway (FHWA) commendation.

Allison attended the University of Nevada, Reno, studying Business Administration with an emphasis on Marketing and a minor in Journalism.

Upcoming Grants: 

Education Opportunities:

US Soccer Foundation: 2017 Program Grants
Deadline: February 2, 2017

Amount: $50,000

Match: None required officially; applicants will have to contribute additional funds not covered by the grant award

Eligibility: Tax-exempt organizations including: 501(c)(3) nonprofits, churches, individual schools or school districts, cities or municipalities.


Program Grants are awarded for grantees to purchase soccer equipment and/or cash to cover operating expenses including:

* Equipment - all equipment grants are awarded as credit with www.soccer.com and/or www.kwikgoal.com. No cash is distributed for equipment. Eligible equipment expenses: jerseys, shorts, socks, shin guards, cleats, balls, goals (pop-up or permanent), polo shirts for coaches, whistles, cones, ball bags, first aid kits, scrimmage vests, etc. 

* Cash - cash for operating expenses is disbursed in one check after the grant agreement and all paperwork have been completed. Eligible operating expenses: stipends for coaches and program managers, transportation, healthy snacks, award banquets for players, field or facility rental fees, referee fees, background checks, family engagement events, etc. Urban Soccer Symposium: All grantees receiving a cash grant award will receive a $1,000 Urban Soccer Symposium stipend as part of the cash grant to cover expenses related to travel to the Urban Soccer Symposium held by the U.S. Soccer Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Riordan Foundation Grants

Deadline: Varies by grant program

Amount: $5,000 - $100,000

Match: None

Eligibility 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and schools


The Riordan Foundation's mission is to provide all students, especially those in low-income communities, with access to a high-quality education that will prepare them to compete successfully in the 21st Century. The Foundation offers the following types of grants to nonprofit organizations and schools in Los Angeles County:
* Recreational Reading Mini-Grants: This program offers grants of up to $1,000 for pre-K-5 classrooms to purchase recreational reading books for students to read at school and home.
* Agency Grants: These grants support nonprofit organizations that promote the education and well-being of young children and their families, and improve the quality of life in Los Angeles. Funding priority is given to literacy, technology, school choice, and leadership development programs.
* Instructional Innovation Grants: This program provides 50% challenge grants for projects related to improving instruction. Funding is available for consultants, professional development, technology, or almost any other item relating to instructional innovation. Public and parochial K-12 schools within Los Angeles County may apply. At least 50% of the students at applying schools must qualify for free or reduced lunch.
o Note: Agency Grants and Instructional Innovation Grants are by invitation only. However, the Foundation accepts letters of inquiry for these programs

Municipal Opportunities:

Department of Water Resources (DWR): 2016 Water Energy Grant Program

Deadline: November 7, 2016

Amount: $19 Million allocated for entire program

Match: None required.

Eligibility: local agencies, joint powers authorities, and nonprofit organizations

The Water-Energy Grant Program provides funds to implement water efficiency programs or projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water and energy use.   DWR is proposing to focus the 2016 solicitation on programs/projects for Commercial Water Efficiency or Institutional Water Efficiency Programs.  DWR will only fund projects where the energy use reduction is directly linked or connected to the reduction in water use at the project's location. For this solicitation only the project measures listed below will be considered for funding: Commercial Dishwashers; Boiler-less Combination Ovens; Residential Clothes Washers; Commercial Ice Machines; Pre-Rinse Spray Valves; Residential Dishwashers; Commercial Steam Cookers; Faucets; Commercial Clothes Washers; and Shower heads.

FEMA: FY2016 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program

Release: October 11, 2016

Deadline: November 18, 2016

Amount: $1,000,000 to $3,450,000, depending upon population size of applicant jurisdiction
Match: 5% to 15% of the total grant award, depending upon population size of applicant jurisdiction

Eligibility: Fire Departments, Nonaffiliated EMS 
Organizations, State Fire Training Academies

The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) is to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire-related hazards by providing direct financial assistance to eligible fire departments, nonaffiliated Emergency Medical Services (EMS) organizations, and State Fire Training Academies (SFTA) for critically needed resources to equip and train emergency personnel to recognized standards, enhance operations efficiencies, foster interoperability, and support community resilience.

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