September 2016
California Consulting LLC Putting Clients First


California Consulting is pleased to announce the City of Upland has received the FEMA SAFER Hiring Grant for $2,499,627 million dollars. 

Whittier City School District was awarded the Sprint ConnectED School District grant. 
The Sprint ConnectED grant runs for four years and has a monetary value of $768,00 ($192,000 per year). Congratulations to Whittier City School District and California Consulting's grant writing team!

California Consulting LLC is pleased to announce our client, The City of Oakley, was awarded the Land Water Conservation Fund grant for $413,515! 

The City of South Gate was awarded the MSRC/AQMD CNG Fueling Station Grant for $225,000!  

  The City of San Fernando was awarded the Housing Related Parks Program grant for the rehabilitation of Layne Park in the amount of $193,950. 

The City of Hermosa Beach was awarded the CalTrans Systemic Safety Analysis Report Program for $93,500

 Castro Valley Unified School District was awarded the U.S. Soccer Safe Places to Play grant for $44,412. 

Whittier City School District was awarded the 
Arts for All: School District Advancement Grant for $17,600

The City of Montebello was awarded the FEMA Fire Preven
tion and Safety grant for $16,379! 

California Consulting is pleased to announce William S. Hart USD was awarded the CTE Teach/CTEDDI Program for $8,750! 

 Harout Harry Semerdjian Appointed Chairman of Community Advisory Council

California Consulting is pleased to announce Harout Harry Semerdjian, CC LLC Associate, has been appointed to chair the Consulate General of Armenia in Los Angels Community Affairs Council. 

The Consulate General of Armenia in Los Angeles released on 9/2/16

The Consulate General of the Republic of Armenia is proud to announce its newly formed Council. The group was created to promote and advance the relationship between the Consulate General and the largest Armenian community in the United States. 

The Community Affairs Council is comprised of young professionals appointed by the Consulate General to support the Consulate General to better serve the Armenian community of the Western United States. The Council will be Chaired by Harout Harry Semerdjian, M.A.L.D., who was instrumental in creating the group. The other members of the newly appointed Council include Benjamin Charchian, Esq, Christine Jerian, Stephan Airapetian, Esq. and Vram Martirosyan. 

"I appointed this capable Council to help bridge the gap between the Consulate General and the Diaspora, and I am confident in their ability to make a positive impact. Through stronger cooperation we are planning to better protect and advance our national interests." stated Consul General Sergey Sarkisov. 

The group has been tasked with advising members of the Armenian diplomatic corps on community affairs, as well as helping obtain a better understanding of the community. Among other responsibilities, the Council will advance community projects and initiatives and represent the Consulate General at community functions. "As a former Consul General in Los Angeles, I fully support and recognize the ongoing need to foster a stronger relationship with the Diaspora and the homeland," stated Armenia's Ambassador to the United States Grigor Hovhannisian. "The Community Affairs Council will be a valuable asset in strengthening synergies between Armenia and the community" he concluded.

California Department of Parks and Recreation: Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) Program

Deadline: October 3, 2016

Amount: Varies by project; $2 Million allocated for entire program annually

Match: Dollar-for-dollar from local, private, non-State sources

Eligibility: Cities, Counties, and Districts (any regional park or open-space district)

HCF provides funds to local entities to protect threatened species, to address wildlife corridors, to create trails, and to provide for nature interpretation programs which bring urban residents into park and wildlife areas.  Eligible projects include applications that address: Deer/Mountain Lion Habitat; Rare, Endangered, Threatened, or Fully-Protected Species Habitat; Wetlands; Riparian Habitat; Anadromous Salmonids and Trout Habitat; Trails; and Wildlife Area Activities.


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

Release: September 2016 (Draft guidance available)

Deadline: November 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 these eligible programs/projects: Commercial Water Efficiency or Institutional Water Efficiency Programs. Projects that reduce greenhouse gas, reduce water and reduce energy use.  
Only projects with water conservation measures that also save energy.
California Department of Education (CDE): After School Education and Safety (ASES) Grant

Deadline: October 12, 2016

Amount: Maximum of $112,500 for Elementary Schools. Maximum of $150,000 for Middle Schools.

Match: Yes.  Each ASES program must provide cash or in-kind local funds equal to or not less than one-third of the total grant amount.

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

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 Renewal application is for existing grant recipients who wish to continue funding at existing levels. The Universal application is for new applicants and for existing grant recipients who wish to increase funding. Approximately $5 million in funding is available for ASES Universal grants. The remaining funds are obligated for on-going grants funded via the Renewal application.  ASES programs must take place 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.  Funding is allocated based on a figure $7.50 per student proposed to be served, per day.

Municipal Grant Opportunities: 

Education Grant Opportunities: 
California Consulting is pleased to welcome the City of Modesto, Temple City Unified School District, and the City of San Jose as our newest clients.


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


8/31/16- The L.A. County Business Federation (BizFed) held a leadership round table meeting with Congressman Adam Schiff earlier this week. The meeting was held at the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce office. This round table was a public policy discussion related to major federal issues. California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian participated in the meeting as a BizFed Executive Committee member and Co-Chair of the BizFed Advisory Council.

8/26/16-California Consulting, LLC Statewide Director, Allison Richards, attended the Urban Water Institute Conference. California Consulting is proud to participate in this wonderful event for water and special districts across California. Pictured is Allison with Chris Palmer, CSDA Public Affairs Field Coordinator.

8/19/16- California Consulting Associate, Imelda Padilla, attended the Regional Chamber of Commerce- San Gabriel Valley Legislative Luncheon. Imelda is pictured with Anthony Duarte, CEO, Regional Chamber of Commerce- San Gabriel Valley

8/17/16- California Consulting Associate, Maryann Marino, met with the City of Westminster. California Consulting is pleased to have the City of Westminster as a client and find federal, state, and private foundation funding for the City.

  8/17/16- California Consulting Associate Imelda Padilla with L.A. County Sheriff Jim McDonnell at the California Contract Cities Association dinner held earlier this week in Arcadia. Imelda visited with dozens of city leaders from all across Southern California.

8/7/16 -California Consulting Associate Dan Rodriguez proudly represented us at the League of California Cities, L.A. Division Installation dinner. Great job Dan! Congrats to Jennifer Quan and the L.A. League for always doing a fantastic job for our communities!!

8/6/16 - Great to be with hard working public servants City of Lynwood Councilmember Maria Teresa Santillan, Huntington Park Councilwoman Karina Macias, and Huntington Park Vice-Mayor Marilyn Sanabria. California Consulting is honored to provide grant writing services for the Cities of Huntington Park and Lynwood!

8/4/16- 77th Annual Florence-Firestone/Walnut Park Chamber Installation Dinner with Senators Isadore Hall and Ricardo Lara as well as Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer. Congrats to the Chamber. California Consulting was proud to serve as a Gold Sponsor. Wonderful to see our clients the Cities of Huntington Park and Lynwood well represented at the event.
Issue: 9
In This Issue
Client Spotlight:

Hayward Unified School District

The Hayward Unified School District is comprised of 21 Elementary schools, 5 Middle schools, 3 High schools, an Alternative High School, Adult Education Center and Helen Turner Children's Center for pre-school children. We have over 22,000 students in grades K-12 who interact with teachers in Hayward Unified's classrooms each day and bring with them diverse cultures, heritages, languages, and economic conditions.

Hayward Unified School District offers many educational opportunities to our students. Our alternative high school, independent study and Home Schooling programs support students who prefer a non-traditional setting. We provide our students with a safe learning environment, opportunity and support to attain high academic achievement and skills for our students to graduate and become contributing members of our democratic society.

To learn more about  Hayward Unified School District, please click here.

Team Member Spotlight:

Shari Herbold 

California Consulting is pleased to spotlight Shari Herbold. Shari has been with California Consulting for over 5 years,  is the Director of Operations, and assists the President with various special projects. Shari is responsible for statewide duties that include overseeing day to day operations, contracting, invoicing, and overall management and oversight of operations. 

Her most recent experience is with the Fresno City Attorney's Office where she supported three Senior Deputy City Attorneys in the Advisory Unit. She has over 8 years of experience in the legal field in the areas of immigration, civil litigation and land use. She has a combined experience of over 10 years in the Finance and Human Resource industries.

Upcoming Grants: 

Education Opportunities:

California Department of Education (CDE): 2016 National School Lunch Program Equipment Assistance Grants
Deadline: September 22, 2016
Amount: $100,000 per school food authority (SFA)
Match: None
Eligibility: Public school districts, county offices of education, directly funded charter schools, private schools, and residential child care institutions that participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

To learn more about this grant, please click here.

California Department of Education (CDE): Necessary Small SELPAs ECP for Mental Health Services (2015-16 Apportionment)

Deadline: November 30, 2016

Amount: Varies, see allocation formula below

Match: None

Eligibility: Local Educational Agencies

To learn more about the SELPAs ECP, please click here.

California State Parks, Office of Grants and Local Services (OGALS): California Youth Soccer Recreation and Development Program 

Deadline: November 1, 2016 

Amount: $16 Million allocated to entire program. 

Match: Any non-construction costs incurred by the applicant

To Learn More about OGALS CA Youth Soccer Recreation and Development Program Click here

Municipal Opportunities:

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD): FY2016 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition

Deadline: September 14, 2014

Amount: Varies by applicant. $1.9 billion is available in the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition

Match: Dollar for dollar match of all grant funds

Eligibility: nonprofit organizations, States, local governments, and instrumentalities of State and local governments

Visit HUD Website by clicking here

To learn more about this program, please click here.

CalRecycle: 2016-17 Illegal Disposal Site Abatement Grant Program

Primary Deadlines: November 2, 2016; February 2, 2017

Secondary Deadlines: December 6, 2016; March 2, 2017
 (for Resolution and EPPP documentation)

Amount: Up to $500,000 per grant award; $1,000,000 allocated
 for entire program in FY2016-17

Match: Not required

Eligibility: Public entities, including counties, cities, districts, state agencies, and Joint Powers Authorities


To learn more about this program, please click here.

Economic Development Administration (EDA): FY2016 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant Programs

Deadline: Continuous until new solicitation published

Amount: $100,000 - $3,000,000

Match: 50% of project cost

Eligibility: Cities; Counties; 501(c)(3) nonprofits; Public and State controlled institutions of higher education; Native American tribal governments; Private institutions of higher education; Special district governments

For more information 
regarding this grant, please click here. 


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