October - 2018

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

"For the past six years, California Consulting has been an essential partner with the Central Union School District, assisting the District with acquisition of over $ 2.3 million in grant funding."

Central Union has a great relationship with CC and the passion that our grant-writing consultant maintains to be a part of our District team and contributor to our success is unparalleled.  We work hand in hand to find programs and supports, which complement the District's needs, and goals and then we work collaboratively to attain our targets.  This partnership has assisted us with leveraging our fiscal resources to compliment District goals.

As superintendent, I welcome California Consulting's partnership with our District initiatives.  This is how our relationship has developed, as a partnership.   

Our consultant has learned the District, held many conversations with leadership to understand our goals and targets, and has been attentive, insightful, and aggressive in bringing forth grant opportunities which have enhanced our programs to our students.  The service and attention from California Consulting has been unequaled.

We look forward to many more years of continued our partnership with them. I highly recommend California Consulting for your grant writing needs."  

- Tom Addington, Superintendent, Central Union School District

The City of Waterford Receives a Large Return on Investment

The City of Waterford has been a client since August 2012. In that short amount of time, California Consulting has written the following grant applications that have been awarded:

Caltrans Active Transportation Program Grant (ATP) - StanCOG Local Solicitation $108,000
CA Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS) Awards Program - Excellence in Design Park Planning Merit Award
DBW Non-Motorized Boat Launching Grant $470,290
PetSmart Free Roaming Cat TNR Grant $100,000
CalRecycle Tire-Derived Product Grant $17,438
SJVAPCD Public Benefit New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grant $40,000
Ca State Parks Land & Water Conservation Fund $220,150
SJVAPCD Public Benefit New Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grant $10,888
DBW Abandoned Watercraft Abatement Fund (AWAF) $13,000
Responsive Grants Program $9,600
Cal Fire Urban & Community Forestry Green Trees for the Golden State Grant $32,689
CNRA Prop 84 California River Parkways Grant $1,478,340
Caltrans State-Legislated Safe Routes to School Programs $232,600
Cal Fire Urban & Community Forestry Urban Forestry Inventory Grant $35,644
CalRecycle Tire-Derived Product Grant $82,250
TOTAL: $2,850,889
California Consulting has secured $2,850,889 for the City which is a 1825% return on investment!

California Consulting Exhibits at the League of California Cities Conference. 

California Consulting Attends League of California Cities Annual Conference

California Consulting Inc is a League of California Cities Partner. CC exhibited at the Annual Conference and is proud to support the work of the League of California Cities.

California Consulting Associate Harout Semerdjian is sworn into the City of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission

California Consulting Associate Harout Semerdjian sworn in by the City of Los Angeles City Clerk as an appointee of Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Human Relations Commission. Congratulations Harout on this prestigious appointment!

Grant Awards: 

CC congratulates the City of San Bernardino (a CC client) for being awarded the MSRC Natural Gas Infrastructure Grant in the amount of $240,000. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of San Bernardino City 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, Sigfrido Rivera, who ensured a successful grant application. 

Thank you, Sig, and congratulations City of San Bernardino!


CC congratulates Central Union School District (a CC client) for being awarded the Monsanto America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Grant in the amount of $25,000. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Central Union School District 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, Ann Vermel, who ensured a successful grant application. 

Thank you, Ann, and congratulations CUSD!

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 

New Clients:   

California Consulting is honored that the City of Placentia and Ventura County Community Foundation 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 the City of Carson, City of Vacaville, Poway Unified School District, City of Lynwood, Whittier City School District have decided to renew their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services. 


9/26/18-  California Consulting Associate Cecilia Hong attended the OC Tax Roses, Radishes, and Royalty event on September 26, 2018. 

9/25/18- CC INC Statewide Senior Director Holly Bachman attended the CSDA Annual Conference in Indian Wells Ca.  CCI is a sponsor of CSDA and we had a exhibitor booth at the CSDA Annual Conference.

9/18/18- California Consulting CEO and BizFed Executive Board Member, Steve Samuelian, at the BizFed September Board Meeting. Steve is pictured with Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-L.A.-Orange County), and James Litz BizFed Executive Committee Member and Government Affairs Director for the L.A. Beverly Hills Association of Realtors

9/18/18- California Consulting, Inc Senior Project Manager David Marquez and CEO Steve Samuelian had the opportunity to meet with the department directors at the City of Baldwin Park Septeber 18, 2018. We are proud to provide grant writing services for the City of Baldwin Park.
9/17/18-  California Consulting, Inc Statewide Senior Director Holly Choon Hyang Bachman at Association of San Bernardino County Special Districts dinner with CSDA Director extraordinaire Chris Palmer. California Consulting is a proud sponsor of CSDA and we provide grant writing services for several special districts across the State.

9/17/18- California Consulting INC CEO Steve Samuelian met with Senator Toni Atkins to discuss grant funding for her district.

9/13/18- California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian met with Glendale Councilman Vartan Gharapetian at the LOCC Annual Conference.

9/13/18- California Consulting Associate, Derek Rojas, Statewide Sr. Director Holly Bachman, and Director of Operations Dan Rodriguez at the League of California Cities Annual Conference.

9/12/18-California Consulting, Inc  Associate, Stephen Sanger, attended the Alameda County Special Districts Meeting on September 12, 2018 at Zone 7 Water Agency.

9/12/18- Steve Samuelian, California Consulting CEO, had the pleasure of meeting with the City of Waterford Councilmember, Thomas Powell, at the League of California Cities Annual Conference today in Long Beach, CA.  California Consulting, Inc  is proud to provide grant writing services to the City of Waterford. 

9/12/18- California Consulting, Inc  CEO Steve Samuelian with our client City of Murietta Councilmember Kelly Seyarto at the California Consulting booth at the League of California Cities Annual Conference .

9/12/18- California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian, Director of Operations Dan Rodriguez, and Statewide Sr. Director Holly Bachman attended the League of Cities Annual Conference.

9/10/18- Recently, Holly Bachman, CC Statewide Senior Director, attended the League of California Cities Annual Installation Dinner for the Los Angeles County Division that took place at the Palos Verdes Golf Club at Palos Verdes Estates. CC is a proud sponsor of LOCC. Holly is pictured with  Ali Sajjad Taj from the City of Artesia.

Issue: 34
In This Issue
Client Spotlight:  ABC Unified School District

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight ABC Unified School District and offer our congratulations to Superintendent Dr. Sieu on being selected as one of   the 2018 National Superintendent of the Year Finalist by AASA (American Association of School Administrators). 

Last year, Dr. Sieu was the State Superintendent of the Year, representing California. All the State Superintendents of the Year advance as candidates for the National Superintendent of the Year and only  four Finalists were selected from all the 50 State Superintendents of the Year awards!

Earlier this year, Dr. Sieu was interviewed by a Blue Ribbon Committee by AASA in Washington, DC as well as spoke at the National Press Club. 

Dr. Sieu stated "It was such an honor to represent ABC Unified School District as the National Superintendent of the Year Finalist! "

Team Member Spotlight: Karen Simpson

Karen Simpson joins Californian Consulting as a Project Manager located in Southern California. She has served within municipal government for 27 years for the Cities of Los Angeles and Pomona, California. 

Karen has garnered her grant-writing skills for Federal and State funding opportunities from multiple Community and Economic Development programs. 

She has extensive knowledge and training in grant program management, grant research, grant writing, and post-award program compliance. She is skilled in building collaborates between community based organizations, faith-based entities, educational, and social institutions, which resulted in Federal grant awards totaling $10.4 million in less than 7 years. 

She has written grants addressing: at-risk children and youth, K-12 education, job training, homeless assistance, economic development, housing improvement, and lead-hazard control.


CalRecycle: Tire-Derived Aggregate Grant Program (FY 2018-19)

Deadline: 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.

U.S. Economic Development Administration: FY 2018 Disaster Supplemental Notice of Funding

Deadline: Continuous until funds are exhausted

Amount: Total program for California is $93,810,000

Match: Once applicant and area eligibility are established, generally EDA's maximum allowable grant rate is 50% of the approved project cost. Higher levels of economic distress in terms of per capita income (PCI) or unemployment may result in a higher maximum allowable grant rate.

Eligibility: Organizations affected by December 2017 wildfires: (i) District Organization of an EDA-designated Economic Development District (EDD); (ii) Indian Tribe or a consortium of Indian Tribes; (iii) State, county, city, or other political subdivision of a State, including a special purpose unit of a State or local government engaged in economic or infrastructure development activities, or a consortium of political subdivisions; (iv) institution of higher education or a consortium of institutions of higher education; or (v) public or private non-profit organization or association acting in cooperation with officials of a political subdivision of a State.

EAA funds can be awarded to assist a wide variety of activities related to disaster recovery, including economic recovery strategic planning grants, and public works construction assistance. It is a flexible resource that responds adaptively to pressing economic issues and is well-suited to help address challenges faced by regions recovering from natural disasters. Through this program, EDA can support both the development of disaster recovery strategies and the implementation of recovery projects identified with those strategies, including infrastructure improvements and by capitalizing revolving loan funds (RLFs).

CalTrans: Sustainable Communities

Deadline: November 2, 2018

Amount: $50,000 to $1 million (minimum depends on DAC)

Match: 11.47 percent minimum (in cash or an in-kind* contribution). The entire minimum 11.47 percent local match may be in the form of an eligible in-kind contribution. Staff time from the primary applicant counts as cash match.

Eligibility: MPOs with subapplicants, RTPAs, transit agencies, cities and counties, Native American tribal governments and other public transportation planning entities

Approximately $12 million in State Road Maintenance and Rehabilitation Account (RMRA) funds and $5 million in State Highway Account (SHA) funds, or a combined total of $17 million will be distributed through a competitive program to Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) with a sub-applicant(s), Regional Transportation Planning Agencies (RTPAs), cities and counties, transit agencies, and Native American Tribal Governments. MPOs can apply to the Sustainable Communities Competitive Grants only in collaboration with a sub-applicant(s). Up to $2 million will be set-aside for technical projects such as data acquisition or travel model updates. Funding distribution for the competitive program will depend on the quality and number of applications.


California Department of Education: ASES Kids Code

Deadline:  November 5, 2018

Amount: Allocation Formula: Enrollment up to 600 students-$50,000.00 over three years; Enrollment 601-899 students-$65,000.00 over three years; Enrollment 900+ 
students-$80,000.00 over three years

Match: No

Eligibility: Local educational agencies. (1) Currently funded ASES grantee; (2) School must have verifiable Free and Reduced Price Meal data for 2016-17 through the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System to be considered in the funding determination.

The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Kids Code Grant Pilot Program is to expand access to coding for students participating in existing ASES Programs. The California Department of Education will provide one-time grant funds to eligible ASES programs that focus on computer coding as part of their after school program curriculum.

California Department of Education: Part C, Early Education Programs

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Amount: $14,244,871 for entire program. See website for allocation formula.

Match: No

Eligibility: Local Educational Agencies

In 1986, the federal government authorized grants to states to plan and implement a comprehensive, community-based interagency system of early intervention services (Part C) for infants and toddlers with disabilities and their families. State legislation enables California to participate in the Part C program and create a statewide mandate for local educational agencies (LEAs) to serve all infants and toddlers with solely low incidence disabilities. It also required changes in procedures and services for all infants served by LEAs.

California Department of Education:
Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund General Facilities Application FY 2018-19

Deadline: July 30, 2019

Amount: $26.8 million for entire program

Match: No

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

The Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund (CCFRF) General Facilities loan provides funding for the purchase of new relocatable child care facilities for lease to school districts and contracting agencies that provide child care and development services. Applicant agencies receiving funds under the CCFRF General Facilities loans must repay the CDE over a ten-year period, interest free. The CCFRF is not a grant program. Eligible grade levels are Pre-K through 6th.

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