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Ben Jones, Grant Writer

benWith 20 years experience in the education market, Ben has been a teacher, a program director, and a consultant to major education publishers and research firms. His background includes a Bachelor’s degree in applied geophysics and a Master’s degree in curriculum design and implementation.

In the course of his career, Ben has developed significant expertise in topics as such as STEM, curriculum development, curricular analysis, observational studies, alternative education models, project planning, project funding and management, and professional development at both the policy maker and practitioner levels.

In 2007, he co-developed the concept of cognitive rigor (sometimes referred to as the Hess Matrix) and continues to further develop the concept into practical K12 applications designed to create more effective instructional models focusing on proactive learning experiences.

Ben has strong interests in the educational sector but brings a broad set of skills to the table for most any project from school related to municipal to community enhancement. His projects to date have focused on water resources, urban greening, and infrastructure grants.

Ann Vermel, Senior Project Manager- Central California

AnnAnn Vermel is California Consulting, Senior Project Manager in Central California. Ann is is an executive coach and professional writer serving the Community Benefit sector.  She has extensive experience in development and executive management of nonprofit organizations, with special emphasis on the arts, higher education and community service organizations.

Her background includes service as Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Artistic Administrator at the San Francisco Opera and Director of Development for the General Libraries at the University of California Berkeley, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Menlo College and Director of Development for De Anza College.  She was a founding officer of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and has served as a grants reader for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of Justice.

Since returning to the Central Valley, she has worked with a broad cross section of the Valley’s community service organizations.   As a development professional and consultant her leadership has raised more than $72 million for her clients.  Ann has an AB from Barnard College and an MFA from California State University Fresno.  She has a Certificate in Arts Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business and is retired as a Certified Fund Raising Executive.  She is currently a fellow of Creating the Future.  She lives in Fresno, California.

Grant Secured for City of Chino HRP Program

chinoCalifornia Consulting, LLC has helped secure a $580,650 grant for the City of Chino for the Housing Related Parks (HRP) Program.

The City of Chino plans to spend the majority of the funds on Community Development Projects and Public Service Programs. They also had a $36,796 surplus from last years program, which will be spent on the Chino Old Schoolhouse Museum Restroom Project.

Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program uses voter-approved funds from the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006 to expand and improve the availability of parks and recreation facilities within communities. The largest share of the funding, 71 percent is allocated to communities that are both disadvantaged and park-deficient.

Communities can apply for the funding if they meet a threshold of requirements, including having submitted an approved Housing Element plan. The amount of the award is based on the number of new affordable housing units the city or county has permitted.

California Consulting LLC Client City of Oakley Receives Rubberized Pavement Grant and Tire Derived Product Grant totaling $118,360

The City of Oakley receives two major grant awards. The City of Oakley is one of California’s youngest cities. Residents enjoy a charming area with an abundant housing supply, quality schools, and a friendly atmosphere that truly make Oakley, “A Place for Families in the Heart of the Delta.”

 Today a landscape of gently rolling fields, orchards, and vineyards gives us a glimpse of Oakley’s agricultural past. From a quiet Delta farming town, Oakley has blossomed into a growing community of landscaped parks, abundant recreational opportunities, shopping centers, and planned business and commercial development.

 

California Consulting LLC is pleased to have City of Oakley as a client and congratulates them on their recent awards.

City of Hawaiian Gardens

city_of_hawaiian_gardensGreat meeting this morning with our new client the City of Hawaiian Gardens. California Consulting So. Cal. Director Celina Santiago and State Deputy Grants Manager Danielle Sotelo discussed grants with the city leadership team at Hawaiian Gardens and we are writing 4 grant applications for the City. Happy to be working with the City of Hawaiian Gardens!

California Consulting LLC Announces Record Breaking Grant Awards over last 90 Days

California Consulting is pleased to announce our record breaking grant awards over the last 90 days totaling over 3 million dollars!

 

Tristan Shamp,California Consulting Statewide Grants Manager, said “The high number of recent grant awards for our clients is a testament to the quality of the grant writing performed by California Consulting’s grant writing team. It is significant to note that Whittier City School District was awarded a very competitive California Math Science Partnership (CaMSP) grant from the California Department of Education.  This was the only CaMSP application CDE funded in L.A. County and one of only 11 awards statewide.”

The list of awarded grants includes:

Tire Derived Product Grant City of Waterford $ 17,438

Tire Derived Product Grant City of Oakley $ 58,360

Rubberized Pavement Grant City of Oakley $ 60,000

Metro TOD Grant City of Downey $ 425,000

Land Water Conservation Fund City of Chowchilla $ 75,000

San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance Luncheon

sgvcaCalifornia Consulting, LLC proud to participate in the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance. Congrats to Ed Rendon, Rob Charles, Mike Eng, Anthony Duarte, Vivian Romero Montebello Council, Celina Santiago, David Vela, Greg Pettis, Ron Miller, and so many other outstanding public servants who attended this wonderful event. Congratulations to the San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance.

Monterey Park Cal RECYCLE Grant

city_of_monterey_parkCalifornia Consulting LLC announces the City of Monterey Park was awarded the Cal RECYCLE Tire Derived Product Grant for $16,920. We are proud to have the City of Monterey Park as our client!

Palm Springs Grants Workshop

CitySealSenator Jeff Stone, Supervisor John Benoit, Cathedral City Mayor, Stan Henry, League of California Cities Riverside Division hosted a Grants Workshop at the Mizell Senior Center today in Palm Springs.

Steve Samuelian, California Consulting LLC Owner, Jennifer Christensen, CC LLC Consultant, presented Grant Writing Information. Larry Kosmont, President Kosmont Companies, delivered a wonderful presentation on finances. This event was attended more than 40 cities, school districts, water district, non-profits, and others from Coachella Valley. Thank you to all who made this all who made this a very successful and informative event!

City of Imperial

city_of_imperial_caCalifornia Consulting LLC Project Manager/ Inland Empire, Jennifer Braun Christensen met with our client City of Imperial. We are ecstatic to have City of Imperial as our client.