Mayor Victor Lopez, City Manager Rudy Hernandez, and Cal. Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian met today to discuss grants for the City. California Consulting is proud to provide grant services for the City of Orange Cove.
Ellen Mata has joined the California Consulting team as a Project Manager. Ellen has over 20 years of experience working with government agencies, non-profit organizations, for-profit businesses and consulting firms to create quality grants and proposals.
Ellen’s most recent experience includes working as a Grant Writer for the Fresno Regional Workforce Investment Board. In that capacity, Ellen was responsible for grant research and preparation. She wrote several State and Federal grants during her time there. Ellen also served as Development Manager, Grants and Sponsorships, with the Fresno Metropolitan Museum of Art & Science. In that role, Ellen was responsible for writing the Museum’s grants and grant reports, developing sponsorships, cultivating donor relationships, managing the Museum’s business membership program and administering the REVEAS ASK Science mini-grant program.
Ellen graduated from Kingsburg High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She lives in Fresno with her husband, Daniel, and their children.
U.S. Department of Transportation: 2019 Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD)
Application Deadline: July 15, 2019
Amount: $5 million to $25 million (if in a rural area, there is no minimum grant amount)
Match: Yes – Per the FY 2019 Appropriations Act, the Federal share of project costs for which an expenditure is made under the BUILD Transportation grant program may not exceed 80 percent for a project located in an urban area. The Secretary may increase the Federal share of costs above 80 percent for a project located in a rural area.
Eligibility: Eligible Applicants for BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants are States, local and tribal governments, including U.S. territories, transit agencies, port authorities, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other political subdivisions of State or local governments. Multiple States or jurisdictions may submit a joint application and must identify a lead applicant as the primary point of contact. Each project party in a joint application must be an Eligible Applicant. Joint applications must include a description of the roles and responsibilities of each project party and must be signed by each project party.
Summary: The FY 2019 Appropriations Act provided $900 million for National Infrastructure Investments. As with previous rounds, funds for the FY 2019 BUILD Transportation program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact. The Act also allows DOT to use a small portion of the $900 million for oversight and administration of grants. If this solicitation does not result in the award and obligation of all available funds, DOT may publish additional solicitations. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 specifies that BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants may not be less than $5 million and not greater than $25 million, except that for projects located in rural areas the minimum BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant size is $1 million. The FY 2019 Appropriations Act specifies that not more than 50 percent of funds can be spent on projects located in a rural area with a population equal to or less than 200,000 and not more than 50 percent of funds can be spent on projects located in an urbanized area with a population of more than 200,000. The Department revised the definition for rural and urban projects from previous BUILD/TIGER rounds to two categories, consistent with the urban and rural funding maximums. Pursuant to the FY Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, no more than 10 percent of the funds made available for TIGER BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grants (or $90 million) may be awarded to projects in a single State. Further, pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019, DOT must take measures to ensure an equitable geographic distribution of grant funds, an appropriate balance in addressing the needs of urban and rural areas, and investment in a variety of transportation modes. The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019 requires that FY 2019 BUILD funds are only available for obligation through September 30, 2021. No FY 2019 BUILD funds may be expended after September 30, 2026. As part of the review and selection process described in the Notice of Funding Opportunity, DOT will consider whether a project is ready to proceed with an obligation of grant funds from DOT within the statutory time provided. Under the FY 2019 Appropriations Act, no waiver is possible for these deadlines. The FY 2019 Appropriations Act allows for up to 20 percent of available funds (or $180 million) to be used by the Department to pay the subsidy and administrative costs for a project receiving credit assistance under the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act of 1998 (“TIFIA”) program, if it would further the purposes of the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant program. Recipients of prior TIGER Discretionary Grants may apply for funding to support additional phases of a project awarded funds in earlier rounds of this program. However, to be competitive, the applicant should demonstrate the extent to which the previously funded project phase has been able to meet estimated project schedules and budget, as well as the ability to realize the benefits expected for the project. DOT expects that each BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant will be administered by one of the relevant modal administrations, pursuant to a grant agreement between the BUILD Transportation Discretionary Grant recipient and the relevant modal administration.
California Consulting is pleased to announce Ms. Adelaide (Adel) Hsu as our newest project manager.
Adelaide (Adel) Hsu is an experienced program administrator, coordinator and grant writer with over 15 years of experience for public entities.
Ms. Hsu has worked with agencies in Northern and Southern California and has successfully written applications to obtain over $5M in new funding from private, County, State and Federal sources and has worked with City, County and non-profit agencies. She has also designed programs, policies and procedures that strike a balance with policy priorities, grant requirements and laws. She is committed to leveraging the strength of each agency and works with them to create realistic goal-driven plans that maximize the use of the grants and grant funds to enrich communities.
Ms. Hsu holds a MA in Public Administration from Brandman (Chapman) University, and a BA in Mass Communications from Siena College, Philippines.
California Consulting is pleased to release the June 2019 Newsletter and invite you to see the wonderful things California Consulting is doing for communities across the state. Please click here
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California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian met today with State Controller Betty Yee’s Director of External Affairs Maria Unzueta to discuss state issues. Also, great to see Josh LaFarga our good friend from LIUNA. #Grants
California Consulting CEO Steve is pictured with City of Millbrae City Manager Tom Williams and Councilman Marty Medina, City of San Bruno, at the San Mateo County Council of Cities meeting on May 31st.
CC INC is honored that the San Mateo County Harbor District has asked us to provide grant writing services. We look forward to collaborating with the district to help transform their vision into their legacy. Thank you, SMCHD!
CC INC is honored that the City of Pico Rivera has asked us to provide grant writing services. We look forward to collaborating with the City to help transform their vision into their legacy. Thank you, City of Pico Rivera!
California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian was asked to introduce Congresswoman Judy Chu at an Armenian-American community leaders meeting held on May 24, 2019, at the Tekeyan Cultural Association office in Altadena. The meeting was attended by more than thirty Armenian community leaders including Presidents and Representatives of many Armenian-American Associations.