December- 2018

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"


"California Consulting does the heavy lifting from grant research to grant administration. Always pleasant to work with, California Consulting, has secured many awards in a short amount of time that have benefitted Azusa USD tremendously. You see results with California Consulting and that is why I highly recommend California Consulting for any of your grant writing needs." 

- Linda Kaminski, Ed.D Superintendent
Azusa Unified School District

California Consulting Continues to Generate Grant Awards for Clients
California Consulting is pleased to announce over the last 90 days we have secured over $2.3 million dollars for our clients.

Building Community Advisory Services Related to Planning and Health City of Bell $25,000
California Natural Resources Agency
Urban Greening Project
City of Bakersfield $835,504
South Coast Air Quality Management District Coachella Valley Unified School District $251,000
Poway USD Teacher Residency Capacity Grant Poway Unified School District $50,000
CA Fresh School Meals Warner Unified School District $70,000
MSRC Local Government Allocation Grant City of Baldwin Park $49,030
AQMD/MSRC Clean City of Maywood $7,059
WaterSmart and Energy Efficiency City of Bakersfield $743,300
Baseball Tomorrow Grant City of Patterson $41,000
SUMS MTSS Initiative South Whittier School District $50,000
Monsanto America's Farmers Grow Rural Education Central Union Elementary School District $25,000
MSRC - Natural Gas Infrastructure City of San Bernardino $240,000
Grand Total: $2,386,893
"This incredible achievement could not have been accomplished if it weren't for our outstanding grant writing team. Across the board, our grant writing team is hitting home runs throughout California. We are exceptionally proud of our team." stated, Shasta Bell, California Consulting's Director of Communications.

Since opening in 2004, California Consulting has secured over $1.7 billion dollars for its clients through federal, state, nonprofit, and private foundation funding.

Azusa Unified School District Receives Large Return on Investment 

Azusa Unified School District has been a client since April 2014 In that short amount of time California Consulting has written the following grant applications that have been awarded:
School Breakfast Expansion
National School Lunch Equipment Assistance Grant
Los Angeles County Superintendent of the Year Award
Merit Award
California Scale-Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) Initiative
San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District Opportunities for Water Leadership (O.W.L.)
California Scale-Up MTSS Statewide (SUMS) Initiative
OCDE Scale-Up MTSS Statewide Initiative
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
CDE School Breakfast Program and Summer Food Service Program Start-up and Expansion Grant
CDE CA State Preschool Program Expansion
CDE Specialized Secondary Schools Program
Classics for Kids Foundation Instrument Matching Grant Program
California ASCD - Outstanding Instructional Leader 2017
Merit Award
CDE National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grant
CDE National School Lunch Equipment
CDE California State Preschool Program (CSPP) Expansion Funds
CDE California Math and Science Partnership (CaMSP)
CDE Gold Ribbon School Award
Merit Award
California Language & Learning Innovation Collaboration (CALLI) Secondary Language Development Grant
In-Kind Services
Grand total of $3,638,931 which is a 1456% return on their investment!

City of Bakersfield Receives $835,504
for the Urban Greening Project 

CC congratulates the City of Bakersfield (a CC client) for being awarded the Urban Greening Project in the amount of $835,504 from the California Natural Resource Agency. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of the City of Bakersfield'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, Danielle Sotelo, who ensured a successful grant application. 

Thank you, Danielle, and congratulations Bakersfield!

Kern High School District Receives $668,097
for the  Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) Grant 

CC congratulates Kern High School District (a CC client) for being awarded Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAE) grant in the amount of $668,097.

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Kern High School District leadership to protect and 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, Dr. High, and congratulations KHSD!

City of Manteca Receives $100,000

CC congratulates the City of Manteca (a CC client) for being awarded Public Benefit Grant in the amount of $100,000 from the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

This award will help the City purchase five plug-in hybrid vehicles.

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of the City's leadership to protect and 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 to the City of Manteca!

California Consulting 
Central Coast Associate Sergio Sanchez

California Consulting is excited have Sergio Sanchez as part of our team.

Sergio has had an extensive public service career starting in November of 2002 when he was elected to serve as a member of the Salinas City Council. He was elected to represent District 1 in the City of Salinas where he went on to serve two more additional 4 year terms in November 2004 and 2008. 

Prior to getting elected, Sergio served as a Committee Member for the Redistricting Committees for the City of Salinas, County of Monterey and the Salinas Union High School District and as a Commissioner of the County of Monterey Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission.

From December 2010 until February 2013, Sergio Sanchez worked as District Director for Assemblymember Luis A. Alejo California State Assembly representative for 30th Assembly District.

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 

New Clients:   
California Consulting is honored that Lowery Enterprises, Vegetarian Educational Institute, and Keppel Union School District 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 Twentynine Palms, the City of San Fernando, City of Monterey Park, and the City Of Fillmore have decided to renew their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services. 


11/29/18-  California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian met with Mendota Unified School District's Board Vice President Jose Zavala(middle) and Superintendent Paul Lopez (right) at the CSBA Conference.

11/29/18- California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian and Keppel Union School District Superintendent Dr. Ruben Zepeda. We are honored that Keppel USD has asked us to provide
grant writing services! 

11/29/18- California Consulting Director of Operations, Dan Rodriguez, participated in the Charter Spectrum Table event held at the Long Beach Convention Center. 

11/28/19- California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian, Statewide Senior Director Holly bachman, and Associate Stephen Sanger at the CSBA Conference in San Francisco.

11/14/18-  California Consulting Statewide Senior Director, Holly Bachman, presented at the CPRS District 12 Grant Writing Workshop in Coronado California. The event was held at the Coronado Community Center and was highly attended by business leaders and local nonprofits.

11/13/18 - California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian attended the BizFed Executive Committee The meeting was held at Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles. Steve is pictured with  Roozbeh Farahanipour  CEO West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and  Tracy R. Hernandez  Founding CEO  Los Angeles County Business Federation  BizFed, and  Maria Salinas  CEO of L.A. Chamber of Commerce.

11/10/18- California Consulting Associate, Derek Rojas, attended the Greater La Puente Valley Meals on Wheels Annual Event on November 10th. The event was held at Royal Vista Golf Club in Rowland Heights. The event was a great success with a large turnout to help support this much-needed service. Derek is pictured with Whittier Mayor Joe Vinatieri.

11/08/18- California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian attended a special roundtable discussion with Supervisor Kathryn Barger hosted by BizFed on November 8th. The meeting was located at the Kenneth Hahn Administration Building in downtown Los Angeles. Thank you BizFed for a wonderful and informative roundtable.

11/01/18-California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian had a productive and informative meeting with Ho-El Park, the President of the Korean American Chamber of Commerce of Orange County. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for many public agencies in Orange County and we look forward to our continued work with Ho-El Park and the good work done by the OC Korean American Chamber of Commerce. 

Issue: 36
In This Issue
Client Spotlight:  City of San Fernando

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight the City of San Fernando.
The City of San Fernando is a community rich in Californian history dating back close to two centuries. At first the city started as a ranching community surrounding the Mission de San Fernando Rey. Eventually, the City grew out of its ranching activities and moved into a more commerce centered community. The Mission de San Fernando Rey porticos still stand today.

In the early 1800's the settlement has bloomed into a small trading center where farm crop, olives, wine and livestock were raised by resident indigenous individuals. Little unknown fact is San Fernando enjoyed a brief gold rush in the 1840's when gold nuggets were round in a nearby canyon and it also became the "First City of the Valley" as it was the first organized community in 1874. The City was incorporated on August 31, 1911.

The City of San Fernando has beautiful views of the San Gabriel Mountains and is only minutes to Los Angeles. It has all the conveniences of a modern metropolitan and still embraces family friendly civic minded residents.

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Team Member Spotlight: 

Danielle Sotelo, Senior Project Manager

Ms. Sotelo is a San Joaquin Valley native and brings over 10 years of experience in grant writing, grant administration and program development for public and private entities.  

She has worked with California Consulting since 2008, and during this time she has helped to secure over $9M in funding for California Consulting clients.  

She has drafted and submitted many successful grant applications for different sectors, but she most enjoys writing in the areas of public safety, motorized and non-motorized transportation, urban greening, alternative fuels infrastructure, and education.  

Ms. Sotelo prides herself in paying close attention to detail and has logged 100's of hours in project management.  She is committed to securing federal, state and local funding to spur environmentally and socially conscious community development both domestically and internationally.  

Ms. Sotelo holds a BA in International Studies with an emphasis in Political Science and a certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University


FEMA Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program

Deadline: January 31, 2019

Amount: Up to $37 million

Match: Yes

Eligibility: States, U.S. Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, local governments

The PDM Program is designed to assist States, U.S. Territories, Federally-recognized tribes, and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program. The goal is to reduce overall risk to the population and structures from future hazard events, while also reducing reliance on Federal funding in future disasters.  This program awards planning and project grants and provides opportunities for raising public awareness about reducing future losses before disaster strikes. Mitigation planning is a key process used to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage. PDM grants are funded annually by Congressional appropriations and are awarded on a nationally competitive basis.

USDA: Solid Waste Management Grants

Deadline: December 31, 2018

Amount: TBD when Congress approves FY 2019 budget

Eligibility: States, local government entities, nonprofits, federally recognized Indian tribal governments and academic institutions

The Solid Waste Management Grants program seeks to reduce or eliminate pollution of water resources by supporting organizations that provide technical assistance or training to improve the planning and management of solid waste sites.

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

Deadline: 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.

California Statewide Communities Development Authority: Total Road Improvement Program (TRIP)

Deadline: Continuous

Amount: Varies. Local governments leverage their State Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax to finance road improvement projects.

Eligibility: Local public agencies (cities and counties)

CSCDA offers a pooled securitization program to assist local agencies in bonding against future payments to obtain funding for more projects today. As a pooled public offering, program participants will benefit from reduced issuance costs and better interest rates as compared to stand alone issues. The program does not require a pledge of the local agency's General Fund.

The Gas Tax Accelerated Street Improvement Program will allow local governments to leverage their State Motor Vehicle Fuel Tax (the "Gas Excise Tax") to finance road improvement projects. The use of proceeds from the Gas Excise Tax, an 18-cent State excise tax collected on fuel sales, is restricted to the maintenance and construction of public streets and highways. The obligations will be secured solely by a pledge of Gas Excise Tax revenues of the participating agencies.


Peace Development Fund: Community Organizing Grants

Deadline: December 28, 2018

Amount: $2,500 to $10,000

Eligibility: It is not necessary to have tax-exempt status to apply for a PDF grant. However, all funds provided by the Peace Development Fund must be used only to support activities that further the exempt purposes and activities of PDF, and grant recipients must submit reports to PDF as required by the grant contract.

The Peace Development Fund believes that the change in values needed to establish a more just and peaceful world can come about only if it is strongly rooted in local communities that recognize the importance of building movements to create systemic social change. The Fund's Community Organizing Grants provide support to community-based organizations in the United States, Haiti, and Mexico that are working for social justice. The funding priorities include organizing to shift power, working to build a movement, dismantling oppression, and creating new structures. Priority is given to new or emerging organizations; efforts that have difficulty securing funds from other sources; community organizations working on climate change issues at the local policy level; groups that have a genesis in Occupy, MeToo, or Movement for Black Lives; collaborative peace initiatives led by women; or issues that are not yet recognized by progressive funders.

California Department of Education: After School 
Education and Safety (ASES)

Deadline: January 22, 2019

Amount: Maximum of $122,850 for Elementary Schools. Maximum of $163,800 for Middle Schools. $8.19 per student proposed to be served, per day.

Match: Yes

Eligibility: Local educational agencies, other organizations or agencies. ASES programs at elementary and middle/junior high schools. Nonprofit organizations may apply, but the local educational agency or the public agency must agree to act as the fiscal agent of the grant.

The After School Education and Safety (ASES) Program is the result of the 2002 voter-approved initiative, Proposition 49. These programs are created through partnerships between schools and local community resources to provide literacy, academic enrichment and safe, constructive alternatives for students in kindergarten through ninth grade. Funding is designed to: (1) maintain existing before and after school program funding; and (2) provide eligibility to all elementary and middle schools that submit quality applications throughout California. The application is for new grantees as well as existing grant recipients who wish to increase funding.

U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: Victims of Child Abuse Regional Children's Advocacy Centers Program

Deadline: January 22, 2019

Amount: Up to $1.25 million

Match: No

Eligibility: Eligible applicants are limited to local public and private nonprofit children's advocacy center agencies and organizations that can demonstrate a minimum of 5 years of experience providing regional or national training and technical assistance to a wide range of multidisciplinary professionals and others (including children's advocacy center staff) with respect to the judicial handling and investigative response to child abuse and neglect cases.

The goal of this solicitation is to fund four regional children's advocacy centers that will provide a full complement of training, technical assistance, and information to develop and strengthen multidisciplinary team investigations and responses to child abuse, local centers, and state chapter organizations of children's advocacy centers.

National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program
Deadline: March 20, 2019

Amount: Planning grants up to $100,000; National forum grants up to $150,000; Project grants up to $1,000,000; and, Research in Service to Practice grants up to $500,000

Match: No match unless Project grant for more than $249,999; requires 1:1 cost share

Eligibility: State or local government, nonprofit organization and be an eligible library

National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG-L) support projects that enhance the quality of library and archive services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. Successful proposals will generate results such as new tools, research findings, models, services, practices, or alliances that will be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits of federal investment. This work may be achieved through proposals at various stages of maturity (exploring, piloting, enhancing, or scaling).
All applications must designate one of the following project categories:
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Community Catalysts
  • National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives
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