November- 2018

California Consulting LLC: "Putting Clients First"

"I have personally enjoyed working with California Consulting as they have been an integral part of my financial team.  Through the hard work of their staff in partnership with my city staff,  California Consulting has exceeded our expectations in securing important grant awards . The attention to detail, timely submissions and making our lives easier has helped the city tremendously in being very well positioned in receiving continued grants and funding. I would recommend any city to California Consulting for their premier grant writing services!"  

                    -Ken Farfsing, City Manager, City of Carson

Prop 68 Program Corner 

California Consulting is pleased to announce the upcoming applications for Prop 68. 

The guidelines are in draft form from the state and final guidelines will be announced soon!

Please click here to view. 

City of Bakersfield Receives $743,300 
for the WaterSmart and Energy Efficiency Grant

CC congratulates the City of Bakersfield (a CC client) for receiving the WaterSmart and Energy Efficiency Grant in the amount of $743,300 from the U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of the City'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!

Whittier City School District Receives Large Return on Investment 

Whittier City School District has been a client since January 2014. In that short amount of time, California Consulting has written the following grant applications that have been awarded:

Arts for All Schools District Advancement Grant                                $21,900
21stCentury Community Learning Center                                        $512,059
CABE Seal of Excellence Award                                                 Merit Award
Sprint ConnectEDSchool District Grant                                           $768,000
Arts for All: School District Advancement Grant                                $17,600
CDE Gold Ribbon Award                                                             Merit Award
Lowe's Tool Box for Education                                                            $4,264
LA County Arts for All                                                                        $19,400
Riordan Foundation Grant                                                                 $45,000
CA Math and Science Partnership (2014 CaMSP)                       $1,500,000
CostenFoundation Grant                                                                    $17,000
CA Math and Science Partnership (2015 CaMSP)                       $1,500,000
ST Math Program                                                                              $27,000
Lowe's Took Box for Education                                                           $3,745
CDE Fresh Fruits and Vegetables                                                     $17,497
Early Intervention for School Success (EISS)                                    $50,000
21stCentury Community Learning Centers Program                       $822,500
CABE Seal of Excellence                                                            Merit Award
ST Math School Grants Program                                                      $60,000
LA County Arts Commission Arts for ALL                                         $18,900
Riordan Foundation Instructional Innovation Project                        $47,675

Grand total of $5,452,540  which is a 2,097% return on their investment!

Grant Awards: 

CC congratulates  Warner Unified School District  (a CC client) for receiving the CA Fresh School Meals Grant in the amount of  $70,000 from the California Department of Education (CDE).
This award will facilitate the construction of an aquaponics program.

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of  Warner Unified's 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, Dr. Julie High, who ensured a successful grant application.
Thank you, Dr. High, and congratulations Warner USD!

CC congratulates the City of Baldwin Park (a CC client) for receiving Mobile Source Pollution Reduction Committee Local Partnership Grant in the amount of $49,030 from Clean Transporation Funding from the MSRC. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of the City of Baldwin Park'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, David Marquez, who ensured a successful grant application. Thank you, David, and congratulations Baldwin Park!

CC congratulates the Poway Unified School District (a CC client) for receiving Commission on Teacher Credentialing Teacher Residency Capacity Program in the amount of $50,000. These monies will aid in the planning to develop a Teacher Residency Program for Special Education with Point Loma Nazarene University. 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of Poway Unified School District's 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, Dana Leusch who ensured a successful grant application. Thank you, Dana, and congratulations Poway USD! 

CC congratulates the City of Maywood (a CC client) for receiving Mobile Source Pollution Reduction Committee Local Partnership Grant in the amount of $7,059 

This latest achievement is another example of the commitment of the City of Maywood'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, David Marquez, who ensured a successful grant application. Thank you, David, and congratulations City of Maywood! 

California Consulting is Hitting Home Runs in the Inland Empire!

(Pictured: Dean of Chaffey College Dr.Yolanda Friday, Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes, CC Statewide Senior Director Holly Bachman, Barbara Babcock, and CC Director of Operations Dan Rodriguez)

October 16th at Chaffey College's Fontana Campus, California Consulting Director of Operations, Dan Rodriguez, and Statewide Senior Director, Holly Bachman, presented at a Grant Writing Workshop hosted by Assemblywoman Eloise Gomez Reyes and Chaffey College.

This event was attended by 160 individuals representing various Nonprofits, School Districts, Cities, and Agencies within District 47 located in the Inl and Empire in Southern California.

We look forward to our next grant writing workshop as we continue to encourage and inspire to think outside of the box to obtain important Government, Private and Corporate Foundation grants/funding opportunities!!  

California Consulting Welcomes Rob Lipton as Project Manager

California Consulting welcomes Rob Lipton to our team. He joins California Consulting as our new Projects Manager. 

Rob has extensive experience writing foundation, community and research grants at the local, state and federal level. Over the course of his career, he has obtained, on his own, or with others, over $30,000,000 in grant-related funding. 

Much of his work has been with underserved, diverse and vulnerable populations in CA, across the US, and internationally. 

Rob has worked in non-profit settings, writing and obtaining funding for a variety of foundation, programmatic and research needs. 

Most recently, he has worked as the grants program director for a hospital group where much of the work was community-based.

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 

New Clients:   
California Consulting is honored that the City of Weed, the City of Fairfield, Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, and 
Escalon Park 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 San Leandro has decided to renew their contract. Thank you for your continued confidence in our services. 


10/19/18 - California Consulting, Inc CEO, Steve Samuelian, is with Dirissy Doan of the OC Realtors and Francisco Barajas of the OC Taxpayers Association at the sold-out OC Taxpayers Association lunch at Center Club on Oct. 19, 2018. California Consulting is proud to provide grant writing services for many public agencies throughout Orange County. Great job Orange County Taxpayers Association!

10/19/18- Steve Samuelian, California Consulting CEO, attended the Orange County Taxpayers Association luncheon on Friday, October 19th. Steve is pictured with Alberto Sandoval of UC Irvine and Randal Hernandez of Charter Communications. 

10/18/19-  California Consulting, Inc  Associate, Derek Rojas, attended the California Contract Cities Association Board Meeting and Reception on October 18th. The event was located at Industry Hills Expo Center. Pictured from left to right is Derek Rojas, CC Associate, and  Sam Pedroza , City of Industry Public Affairs Manager. 

10/18/19- California Consulting Associate Matthew Park attended the Kern County CSDA membership meeting. 

10/17/18- California Consulting Statewide Sr. Director, Holly Bachman, is at the MMASC Annual Conference in Indian Wells CA  California Consulting is a proud sponsor of MMASC.

10/16/18- California Consulting Statewide Senior Director, Holly Choon Hyang Bachman, and Project Manager David Marquez attended the Association of San Bernardino County Special Districts (ASBCSD) membership meeting last night at the West Valley Water District in Fontana CA. It was a wonderful event with many elected in attendance. Holly is pictured with Richard Hall and CSDA Public Affairs Coordinator Chris Palmer. 

10/11/18- Recently,  California Consulting, Inc  Associate Harout  Harout Harry Semerdjian  attended the Asian Pacific Islander community event honoring Mona Pasquil Rogers of the Office of CA Governor Brown. The event was located at the Conga Room in downtown Los Angeles. Harout is pictured with Speaker Anthony Rendon.

Issue: 35
In This Issue
Client Spotlight:  
San Bernardino Community College District

California Consulting is proud to spotlight San Bernardino Community College District whose mission is to transform lives through the education of their students for the benefit of their diverse community.

Recently, the leadership of SBCCD invested $1.2million dollars from the Strong Workforce Program to expand career and technical programs. These Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs are now able to work with the most technologically-advanced equipment and provide students with high quality hands-on training.

This is just another example of SBCCD's leadership to promote the quality of education for its students. To find out more about what SBCCD is doing to help their community you can visit their web blog here. 

Team Member Spotlight: Dana Leusch

Dana Leusch, California Consulting Senior Statewide Project Manager, joined our team in 2012. Dana has more than 15 years of experience in grant writing for non-profit organizations and freelance writing and reporting for newspapers and magazines. 

As development coordinator for an organization in the Rocky Mountains serving at-risk youth, her successful grant writing and fundraising led to the creation of a home for at-risk and homeless adolescent girls, which has since housed hundreds of teens in need.

Dana earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master's degree in women's history from the University of Montana. 


California Natural Resources Agency: Cultural, Community and Natural Resources Grant Program (Prop 68)

Deadline: Concept Proposal due February 13, 2019. Full application due March 18, 2019. Concept Proposal is submitted initially, full application is submitted by invitation only. (Both submitted through SOAR)

Amount: No maximum

Match: Yes

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include local agencies, nonprofit organizations, non-governmental land conservation organizations, federally recognized Native American tribes, or non-federally recognized California Native American tribes listed on the California Tribal Consultation List maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission.

California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) on June 5, 2018. Proposition 68 authorized the Legislature to appropriate $40 million to the California Natural Resources Agency (the "State") for competitive grants that protect, restore, and enhance California's cultural, community and natural resources.

It is the intent of the people of California that projects funded by Proposition 68 result in public benefits addressing the most critical statewide needs and priorities for public funding as well as improve a community's ability to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change; improve and protect coastal and rural economies, agricultural viability, wildlife corridors or habitat; develop future recreational opportunities; or enhance drought tolerance, landscape resilience, and water retention.

SCAG Sustainable Communities (SBI) Planning

Deadline: November 15, 2018

Amount: $500,000 (active transportation plans); $250,000 (community-wide & area plans, regional corridor plans and safety strategic plans)

Match: There are no match requirements for active transportation projects proposed through the SCP. However, the scoring criteria include points for Partnership and Leveraging to assess the extent to which there is a local commitment to the project.

Eligibility: Cities, counties, COG's, Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, County Public Health Departments, transit agencies, public schools or school districts, tribal governments

The Southern California Association of Governments is accepting applications for the 2018 Sustainable Communities Program. For many years, SCAG has provided technical assistance and resources at no cost to local jurisdictions that support local planning and implementation of the Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) under the banner of the Compass Blueprint Program and later the Sustainability Planning Grant program. The program recognizes sustainable solutions to local growth challenges and has resulted in local plans that promote sustainability through the integration of transportation and land use. 
The goals of the 2018 Sustainable Communities Program are as follows:
  • Provide needed planning resources to local jurisdictions for sustainability planning efforts;
  • Develop local plans that support the implementation of the 2016 RTP/SCS; and
  • Increase the region's competitiveness for federal and state funds, including but not limited to the California Active Transportation Program and Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds.
Applicants can apply for nine project types within the three project areas of 1) Active Transportation; 2) Integrated Land use; and 3) Green Region Initiative
Bay Area Air Quality Management District: Bikeways, Roads, Lanes and Paths Program

Deadline: Continuous until funding exhausted

Amount: Varies.  An initial allocation of $5 million is available, and funding will be awarded to qualifying projects on a first-come, first-served basis.

Match: None

Eligibility: Municipalities, government agencies, and public educational institutions located within the boundaries of the Air District's jurisdiction

In fiscal year ending 2016, up to $3.84 million are available for bicycle parking and bikeway projects. Funding is offered on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been spent.  In order to be eligible for funding projects must be included in an adopted countywide bicycle plan, Congestion Management Plan (CMP), or the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Regional Bicycle Plan. Funding is available for the following project types:

  • New Class-1 bicycle paths;
  • New Class-2 bicycle lanes;
  • New Class-3 bicycle routes; and
  • New Class-4 cycle tracks or separated bikeways.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Rural Health Network Development Planning Program

Deadline: November 30, 2018

Amount: $2.2 million for entire program

Match: No

Eligibility: To be eligible to receive a grant under this subsection, an entity - (A) shall be a rural public or rural nonprofit private entity; (B) shall represent a network composed of participants - (i) that include 3 or more health care providers; and (ii) that may be nonprofit or for-profit entities; and (C) shall not previously have received a grant under this subsection (other than a grant for planning activities) for the same or a similar project.

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program ("Network Planning"). The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated health care network, specifically network participants who do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole. A rural health network is defined as an organizational arrangement among at least three separately owned regional or local health care providers that come together to develop strategies for improving health services delivery systems in a community. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources and strategies, achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, and address challenges more effectively as a group than as single providers. For example, a critical access hospital, a community health center, and a public health department may collaborate to form a network around a shared purpose. Other examples of health care providers could be: hospitals, public health agencies, home health providers, mental health centers, substance abuse service providers, rural health clinics, primary care providers, oral health providers, social service agencies, health profession schools, local school districts, emergency services providers, community and migrant health centers, federally-qualified health centers, tribal health programs, churches, faith-based organizations, and civic organizations that are/will be providing health care. The goals of the Network Planning program are centered around approaches that will aid providers in better serving their communities given the changes taking place in health care, as providers transition from focusing on the volume of services to focusing on the value of services. The intent is that rural health networks will expand access to care, increase the use of health information technology, explore alternative health care delivery models, and continue to achieve quality health care across the continuum of care from prevention and wellness to acute and long-term care. The increasing focus on showing value in health care delivery creates incentives to develop regional systems of care that preserve local autonomy for rural communities while also ensuring access to the appropriate continuum of care for the local service population. It remains critical in the health care environment for rural providers to participate in efforts such as implementing population health strategies to demonstrate the quality and value they provide rural residents.


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.

California Department of Education: ASES Frontier Transportation Grant

Deadline: January 22, 2019

Amount: Maximum of $15,000 per site, per school year

Match: No

Eligibility: Local educational agencies, other organizations or agencies. (1) The ASES program operates at a school site located in a Frontier Area (EC Section 8484.65). (2) A school site located in an area that has a population density of less than 11 persons per square mile may apply for funding pursuant to EC Section 8483.7. (3) The ASES grantee is in Good Standing Status- attendance reports, expenditure reports, and the Annual outcome-based data for grantees has been submitted and have been found to be complete.

The purpose of this After School Education and Safety (ASES) Frontier Transportation Grant is to provide supplemental funding for existing ASES grantees that have transportation needs due to their after school program site being located in Frontier Areas as specified in California Education Code (EC) Section 8483.7(a)(5). Expanded Learning Division (EXLD) will determine annually whether transportation funds are available for ASES grantees that have sites located in Frontier Areas.

Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation

Deadline: November 29, 2018; February 28, 2019; May 23, 2019; August 29, 2019

Amount: $15,000 to $25,000

Eligibility: Public safety organizations, such as fire departments, law enforcement agencies, first responders, EMS organizations, nonprofit organizations and schools

The mission of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is to impact the life-saving capabilities and the lives of local heroes and their communities. The Foundation supports public safety organizations in the communities served by Firehouse Subs restaurants across the country. The Foundation's areas of interest include:

Life-Saving Equipment
The focus is on providing first responders with equipment to improve their life-saving capabilities.

Disaster Relief
The focus is on providing assistance and resources after natural and man-made disasters such as fire, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.

Prevention Education
The focus is on prevention educational tools to the public about the importance of fire safety, public safety, and natural disaster preparedness in order to prevent disasters in the home and community.

Military and Local Heroes
The focus is on organizations that benefit men and women of the military who have served their country in any of the branches of the United States Uniformed Services.

Scholarships and Continued Education
The focus is on providing financial resources to accredited organizations to assist individuals pursuing a career in the public safety sector.

National Park Service: Save America's Treasures - Collections

Deadline: December 3, 2018

Amount: $25,000 to $500,000

Match: Yes - 1 to 1

Eligibility: State government, institutions of higher education, counties, cities, independent school districts, nonprofits, Native American Tribal governments

Save America's Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund provide preservation and/or conservation assistance to nationally significant historic properties and collections. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and require a dollar-for-dollar, non-Federal match, which can be cash or documented in-kind. These grants are administered by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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