December 2016

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

City of Eastvale Awarded $250,000 for HSIP Grant

The City of Eastvale was awarded $250,000 for the highly competitive Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) funded by Caltrans. The city plans to install crosswalk enhancements by retrofitting existing traditional pedestrian crossings at signalized intersections with Countdown Pedestrian Signals at 46 locations and audible APS Controller Units at 22 locations.
Studies have shown that the countdown signals, both visual and audio, are less confusing for pedestrians. They are less likely to begin crossing the intersections if they know that they will not have enough time to completely cross, based on the information provided on the signal. In addition, the timing greatly reduces the likelihood of pedestrians being caught in the middle of the crossing when the vehicle signal changes. The City's goal for this project is to greatly improve safety, encourage walking and avoid pedestrian/vehicle collisions.
The City of Eastvale was recently recognized as the #1 Best Places to Live in the State of California and #17 Best Places to Live in America, as awarded by Money Magazine, 2016.


California Consulting Joins League of California Cities

  California Consulting today announced their membership in the League of California Cities as a "League Partner." 
League of California Cities Public Affairs Director, Bismarck Obando,
s aid:  "The League of California Cities is very excited to welcome California Consulting as a new League Partner. California Consulting is a statewide widely respected company that provides vital grant writing and grant administration services to many of our cities across the State."
California Consulting LLC is the state's largest grant writing firm that has successfully written over 730 grant applications and secured over $1.5 billion dollars through federal, state, and private foundation funding for our clients. For more information, please visit our website


California Consulting LLC is pleased to announce the City of Eastvale was awarded the HSIP grant for $250,000! 


 California Consulting is pleased to announce the Upland Police Department r eceived  $37,954 from the California Alcoholic Beverage Control. Congratulations, Upland PD! 


Julie High, PhD, Joins California Consulting as Project Manager

California Consulting is pleased to welcome Julie High, PhD, as a project manager. Julie will oversee primarily educational grant projects throughout California.
Julie has over twenty-five years experience in grant writing for education. She has secured more than $35 million in educational grant funding, with over $25 million for one school district.
Julie has experience working in many roles in public education: high school teacher, staff development specialist, middle school instructional coach, preschool director, after school program director, elementary principal, and director of program evaluation and IT. Throughout all of these primary roles Julie focused on improving education for traditionally underserved populations with successful Federal and State grant funding. In 1994 Julie organized a community collaborative of private businesses and social service agencies to improve services to the outlying community. This collaborative continues to meet and promote community health through its current family resource center base.
Julie earned her Bachelor's degree from UCLA, Master's degree from San Jose State University, Professional Administrative Credential from the University of Santa Clara, and her Doctorate in Education from Fielding Graduate University.
When she's not writing grants, Julie can be found riding and competing in upper level dressage with her Lusitano gelding, Cefiro do Ceu.

California Consulting Welcomes Jennifer Welling as Project Manager
California Consulting LLC is delighted to welcome Jennifer Welling as Project Manager. 
Jennifer is based in the Santa Cruz area of the Central California coast and has 30 years' experience as a grant writer and grants manager. She spent 12 years as Grants Officer/Subaward Specialist for the Office of Sponsored Projects at the University of California. In this position, Jennifer worked primarily with the Ocean Science, Institute of Marine Sciences, and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Departments in the submission of federal and private sponsor proposals.

Concurrently, in her consulting private-sector work, she has been successful writing foundation and corporate foundation grants for programs for children with developmental and physical disabilities, performing arts programs, multicultural arts events, educational enrichment programs, parent support and assistive technology programs for autism, and autism early intervention programs. Her greatest reward is to successfully craft a grant narrative that communicates the needs and experiences of children with developmental or physical disabilities into a compelling piece of writing that inspires and moves the reader.

California Consulting is pleased to announce the US Department of Transportation: FY 2017 FASTLANE Grant Program

US Department of Transportation: FY 2017 FASTLANE Grant Program
Deadline: December 15, 2016
Amount: Varies.  $850 Million allocated to program for FY 2017
Match: TBD
Eligibility: States; metropolitan planning organizations (serving urbanized areas of more than 200,000 individuals); units of local government; political subdivisions of State or local governments; special purpose districts or public authorities with a transportation function; Federal land management agency that applies jointly with a State or group of States; a tribal government or a consortium of tribal governments; or a multi-State or multi jurisdictional group of public entities.
To find out more about this grant, please click here.

California Consulting is pleased to announce the Cal Fire Urban & Community Forestry Program: 2016-2017 "Urban Forest Expansion & Improvement" Grant

Cal Fire Urban & Community Forestry Program: 2016-17 "Urban Forest Expansion & Improvement" Grant
Concept Proposal Deadline: December 16, 2016
Full Application Deadline: TBD (likely early 2017)
Amount:  $150,000 and $1,000,000
Match: 25% of the project cost
Eligibility: cities, counties, qualifying districts, or 501(c)(3) nonprofits.  Qualifying districts include, but are not limited to, school, park, recreation, water, and local taxing districts.
To find out more about this grant, please click here



California Consulting is pleased to welcome Kern High School District, City of Tustin, City of Cupertino, and  Palo Verde Union Elementary School District as our newest clients. 


California Consulting is delighted that the City of Laguna Niguel and the City of Banning have chosen to renew their contract. W e are excited to be working with them again. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services.

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 


12/2/16 - 
California Consulting Sr. Director, Allison Richards, with our longtime client, Coalinga-Huron School Board Vice President, Francisco J Chavez at the CSBAAnnual Conference.  We're delighted to provide grant writing services to Coalinga-Huron Unified School District!

12/2/16 -  California Consulting Sr. Associate, Amiee Alden, with Fontana School Board Vice President,  Mary Sandoval at the CSDA Annual Conference. We are so pleased to be working with Fontana Unified School District!

12/1/16 -  BizFed Founder David Fleming, L.A. County Supervisor-elect , Janice Hahn, Kosmont Companies CEO and BizFed Executive Committee Member Larry Kosmont, California Consulting CEO and BizFed Executive Committee Member Steve Samuelian, and BizFed Founding CEO Tracy Rafter-Hernandez at the holiday party Dec. 1, 2016. The event was hosted by BizFed, the California Contract Cities Association, and the League of California Cities L.A. Division and was attended by more than 300 elected officials and community leaders at The California Club in Downtown Los Angeles.

11/30/16 - Assemblyman-elect Heath Flora, California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, and California Consulting, LLC Central Valley Associate, Lee Neves, at the San Joaquin Partnership Holiday Reception held November 30, 2016 in Stockton. The event was attended by more than 200 elected officials and community leaders throughout San Joaquin County.

11/23/16 - California Consulting Associate Dan Rodriguez representing us at the Inland Empire Division League of California Cities dinner this evening. Congrats to Laura Morales for pulling off another fantastic event. Congratulations to City Manager Ray Casey on the well deserved award. California Consulting is proud to write grants for many cities and other public agencies throughout the Inland Empire region! The dinner was hosted by the City of Ontario a California Consulting client. Good job Ontario! 
11/22/16 - California Consulting Senior Director, Allison Richards, represented the firm at the Special Districts Association of San Diego County dinner. California Consulting is a proud Bronze Member of the California Special Districts Association and we are pleased to support the good work of CSDA and Chris Palmer! California Consulting conducts grant writing and grant administration for several special districts throughout the State.

11/16/16 - California Consulting, CEO, Steve Samuelian, was honored to introduce Senator Leyva at the BizFed leadership round table meeting held in Pomona earlier this week. Thank you to Senator Leyva for her leadership for our State and hard work on behalf of her District. Also, many thanks to Manuel Saucedo and the District team who work day in and day out to serve constituents. We had a wonderful discussion of public policy issues facing the State of California including economic development, job creation, regulations on business and several other key issues. Roozbeh Farahanipour, Lupe C. Valdez, Charles Gale, Peter Herzog, and my other BizFed Executive Committee colleagues contributed a great deal to the discussion. Always great to be with Regional San Gabriel Valley Chamber CEO Anthony Duarte!

11/17/16 - California Consulting, LLC  Senior Associate  Maryann Marino , Orange County Business Council CEO Lucy Dunn, and California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian at the "Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet" event held at the Center Club in Costa Mesa. The event recognized several cities and other agencies throughout Orange County and was attended by more than 150 orange county elected officials and community leaders. California Consulting is proud to write grants and work with several public agencies in Orange County.
11/17/16 -   California Consulting, LLC  is proud to have a booth at the Leauge of Community Colleges Annual Conference.  Allison Richards , Senior Director is staffing the booth!

11/17/16 - California Consulting, Project Manager, Adam Rush, attended the Community College League of California's Annual Conference Opening Ceremonies. The event was held at the Riverside Convention Center, Riverside CA. 

11/14/16- California Consulting, LLC  Senior Director,  Allison Richards , attended the Association of San Bernardino County Special District -CSDA membership meeting. Allison is pictured with, from left to right, Eric Swanson, President, Hesperia Unified School District, Rebekah Swanson, Councilmember, City of Hesperia, Allison Richards, CC LLC Senior Director, David Olney, Assistant Superintendent, Hesperia Unified School District, and Marcy Kittinger, Clerk, Hesperia Unified School District. We are a proud silver sponsor of the  California Special Districts Association  and the great work achieved by CSDA!

11/3/16- California Consulting LLC Associate, Matthew Park, attended the ACSA meeting in Bakersfield , CA. This meeting was attended by ACSA Chapter school superintendents and administrators from Kern and Tulare counties. 

11/2/16 - California Consulting, LLC  CEO Steve Samuelian spent Nov. 2, 3, and 4 in the San Joaquin Valley meeting with clients and organizations throughout the area. California Consulting serves as grant writers for several cities, school districts, and special districts across the central valley. Steve had a great opportunity to meet with several clients.

Issue: 12
In This Issue
Client Spotlight:

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight, our client, The City of San Fernando. 

The City of San Fernando is a community of attractive contrasts. What was once a land of farms and ranches adjoining the Mission de San Fernando Rey is now a vibrant center of manufacturing and commerce. San Fernando enjoys a sweeping view of the panoramic San Gabriel foothills and a sense of privacy; yet it is only minutes from downtown Los Angeles and only minutes away from other centers of commercial activity, thanks to a network of freeways and nearby airports. The City combines modern metropolitan conveniences with a close-knit community of friendly, civic-minded residents. Moreover, San Fernando proudly offers responsive city services, good access to city government, a large labor pool, a lower business tax than Los Angeles, and no utility tax.

A warm sunny climate and plenty of recreational activities add to the City's drawing power. The weather is downright Mediterranean, with an average rainfall of 12" - 17" and 44% humidity. Average temperatures range from highs of 85 degrees in summer to lows of 47 degrees in winter. It's no wonder, then, that many people are finding San Fernando an ideal place to live and work! San Fernando has a rich history and flavor with a population of 24,564.

Team Member Spotlight:
Imelda Padilla, Associate-Southern California

Imelda Padilla is California Consulting's Associate - Southern California. Imelda is responsible for working with clients and potential clients in the Southern California region. Imelda Padilla is a young professional who comes to the team with a strong understanding of public funding, public policy development and hands on intergovernmental relations.

In addition to her formal education, Political Science BA from UC Berkeley with a double minor in Chicano Studies and Philosophy, she has also been a part of other policy based programs like UCLA Community Scholars, and the USC Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science research groups.

For many years she has been a community organizer to winning campaigns and successful events for the environment- (Clean Up-Green Up LA), youth justice- (Adelante Hombre Latino Youth Summit- San Fernando Valley), and income equity- (LA Raise the Wage).

Imelda is also a commissioner for the Los Angeles County Commission on Woman and Girls.

She is currently in grad school at the California University of Northridge where she is receiving her Master's in public administration with an emphasis on leadership and nonprofit management.

Upcoming Grants: 

Education Opportunities:

Ceres Foundation Grants

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Up to $240,000 

To expand opportunities for disadvantaged youth and vulnerable families to develop and make full use of their potential, so that they will be able to earn decent livings, enjoy healthy relationships, pursue their ambitions, and participate in their communities.

CA Department of Education (CDE): FY 2015-16 California Renovation and Repair Loan Program

Deadline: Continuous. Applications may be submitted anytime during the fiscal year.

Amount: Varies. $10 Million allocated to entire program.

Match: None

Eligibility: institutions of higher education, local educational 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. Required Eligibility Criteria: 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 $12.4 is available for LEAs and non-LEAs.

Municipal Opportunities:

US Bureau of Reclamation: 2017 WaterSMART - Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Deadline: January 18, 2017

Amount: Funding Group I (small projects): $300,000; 

Funding Group II (larger, phased projects): $1,000,000

Match: 50% or more of project costs

Eligibility: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority (may include municipalities)

The WaterSMART Program focuses on improving water conservation, sustainability and helping water resource managers make sound decisions about water use. It identifies strategies to ensure that this and future generations will have sufficient supplies of clean water for drinking, economic activities, recreation and ecosystem health. The program also identifies adaptive measures to address climate change and its impact on future water demands.  Through the WaterSMART Grants, Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, Tribes, States and other entities with water or power delivery authority. Projects should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within 24 months that will help sustainable water supplies in the western United States.  Proposals must seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, carry out activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. 

California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD): Housing-Related Parks Program

Deadline: February 23, 2017

A mount: Minimum grant amount: $75,000; no set maximum award

Match: None

Eligibility: Cities and counties that, by the date set forth in the applicable NOFA, have adopted housing elements

The HRP Program is designed to encourage cities nd counties to develop new residental housing by rewarding those jurisdictioins that approve housing
affordable to lower-income households with grant funds for the costs of Park and Recreation Facility creation, development, or rehabilitation, including, but not limited to, the acquisition of land for the purposes of those activities as well as major maintenance, reconstruction, or demolition for purposes of reconstruction of facilities, and retrofitting work. The grant provides funding on a per-bedroom basis  for each residential unit affordable to very low- and low-income households permitted during the Designated Program Year (DPY). Awards will be distributed on the following basis:
  • $500 per bedroom for each unit affordable to Low-Income Households
  • $750 per bedroom for each unit affordable to Very Low-Income Households
  • The minimum grant amount based on funding for these units must be $75,000

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