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California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, was honored to be a Co-Chair of the reception honoring a good friend California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Special guest in attendance were Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr., and community leaders Steve Samuelian, Maria Mehranian, Harout Semerdjian and Rafael Bernardino. Steve is pictured here with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Anthony Duarte, San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce CEO.

California Consulting CEO, Steve Samuelian, was honored to be a Co-Chair of the reception honoring a good friend California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Special guest in attendance were Los Angeles City Council President Herb J. Wesson Jr., and community leaders Steve Samuelian, Maria Mehranian, Harout Semerdjian and Rafael Bernardino. Steve is pictured here with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Anthony Duarte, San Gabriel Chamber of Commerce CEO.

From the Desk of the Grants Manager: Chris Gonzalez

The end of the calendar year typically schedules some of the more popular grants for California Consulting clients. These include the Land and Water Conservation Fund, (LWCF) available from the California Department of Parks and Recreation. LWCF provides funding for cities and counties to acquire, develop, operate and maintain park and recreation areas and facilities. Priority development projects include trails, campgrounds, picnic areas, natural areas and cultural areas for recreational use. There is an extensive list of different park amenities the grant will fund. The potential for new design and expansion in parks and trails is encouraged. California Consulting Project Managers/Grant Writers have the experience and technical savvy to prepare, package and submit your city application.
The California Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC) released its RFP for the California Violence Intervention and Prevention (CalVIP) Grant. This fund encourages effective programs that mitigate and intervene in violence, and provide safer communities. Typical projects include diversion, education/after-school, mentoring, Community Resource Centers, employment and job training, Task Fores, and community/Police relations. For this fund, 2 cities with populations under 200,000 are guaranteed funding. A city must share 50% of the fund with a community-based organization. A hybrid opportunity for either qualifying school districts, schools or child-care centers, as well as city or municipal daycare programs, is the CDE CA state Preschool Program Expansion Funding (CSPP). This grant, due December 19, 2017, proposes to expand access to quality child care services in the state.
The California Department of Education (CDE) has released the 21st Century High School After School Safety and Enrichment for Teens (ASSETs), as well as the 21st Century Community Learning Centers – Elementary/Middle Schools. Both programs have deadlines due January 26, 2018, and are open to public or private entities. These grants have the purpose of providing capacity and expansion of community learning centers that provide a safe, learning environment for students of both age groups.
A very unique and highly customized service that California Consulting offers its clients, is our ability to seek and research traditional federal, state, and local government funding opportunities, while identifying and matching our clients with non-traditional funding sources This includes exciting opportunities for shade structures, tree canopy and nature trails, fruit orchards and other relevant funds that can help your city, county, school district or nonprofit. Call one of our Project Managers or Associates to learn more about our professional grant writing and grant administration services. Have a Great Holiday Season!

California Consulting Associate, Derek Rojas, attended the Carson Snow Day event on November 30, 2017.   During the presentation Council Member Hilton recognized California Consulting for the snow. 

California Consulting Associate, Derek Rojas, attended the Carson Snow Day event on November 30, 2017.   During the presentation Council Member Hilton recognized California Consulting for the snow.  Pictured is the Carson Snow Day Children’s Performance.

California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian and Statewide Senior Director Holly Bachman with CALSA Regional Director, Dr. McNeil. California Consulting Director of Operations Dan Rodriguez along with Steve and Holly attended the CALSA and California Latino School Board Members Association reception held at the CSBA annual conference in San Diego.

California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian and Statewide Senior Director Holly Bachman with CALSA Regional Director, Dr. McNeil. California Consulting Director of Operations Dan Rodriguez along with Steve and Holly attended the CALSA and California Latino School Board Members Association reception held at the CSBA annual conference in San Diego.

California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian was asked to be a presenter at the California School Board Association annual conference in San Diego. The topic was “How to locate grant funds for your school district.” Steve presented to several school board members and superintendents.

California Consulting CEO Steve Samuelian was asked to be a presenter at the California School Board Association annual conference in San Diego. The topic was “How to locate grant funds for your school district.” Steve presented to several school board members and superintendents.

Julie St. Jean Joins California Consulting as New Project Manager

California Consulting is pleased to welcome Julie St. Jean as our newest Project Manager. She has worked in the housing and community development field for more than 20 years and has written HUD, CDFI and local funding applications for clients across the country.

In addition to writing grant applications, Julie also has served as a grant reviewer for CDFI FA, TA, NACA and NMTC programs; US Department of Health and Human Services; US Department of Labor; Econometrica; NeighborWorks America; Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Community Services (OCS); and the Community Services Block Grant Program. She has also overseen the application design and scoring process for national housing counseling programs and conducted grantmaking with NeighborWorks America. As a reviewer and administrator for several programs, Julie is knowledgeable of scoring processes, program priorities and back-end analyses related to how funders determine grantee pools. She also helps clients measure impacts and determine strategic and growth goals to strengthen their applications.

Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Communication from The George Washington University, and a Master’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Quantitative Methods from the University of California at Riverside. She has held Public Policy and Public Relations positions with the AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust, Fannie Mae, NeighborWorks America and local elected officials.

California Consulting Welcomes Derek Rojas as our New Associate

California Consulting welcomes Derek Rojas as our newest Associate. Derek has been in the solid waste industry for over 27 years, the majority of that time spent with Valley Vista Services, serving in various capacities. He began as their sales and Marketing Manager, with his role evolving to focus on business development and public relations. Derek enjoys the process of promoting and growing a business through positive representation at various trade shows and government organizations.

He enjoys the responsibility of maintaining, improving, and creating new business relationships with school districts, city, county, state, and federal officials.

He has served on several Chamber boards and philanthropic committees and currently volunteers his time with Meals on Wheels and local service clubs in the San Gabriel Valley.

Derek and his wife live in Corona and have one daughter who is away at college.

California Consulting is pleased to announce the Major League Baseball Foundation: Baseball Tomorrow Fund is due by January 1st!

California Consulting is pleased to announce the Major League Baseball Foundation: Baseball Tomorrow Fund. 
Major League Baseball Foundation: Baseball Tomorrow Fund. 
Deadline: Quarterly (January 1, April 1, July 1, & October 1)
Amount: $40,000 average award size
Match: 50% or more of total project cost
Eligibility: Tax-exempt organizations including municipalities, school districts, and 501(c)(3) nonprofits

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball around the world by funding programs, fields, coaches’ training, uniforms, and equipment. Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. The Baseball Tomorrow Fund supports projects that meet the following evaluation criteria: increase the number of youth participating in baseball and softball programs; improve the quality of youth baseball and softball programs.