Project Development & Management
Project development and management services focus on providing assistance with the planning and coordination of your organization's resources to develop your project and move it toward completion, including team coordination, timeline and milestone development, issue resolution, and budget, contract, and other financial management. Consero will resolve issues that may slow progress and ensure sufficient resources are available to meet project goals.
Example: Yolo Bypass Westside Tributaries Flow Monitoring Project
Consero assists Yolo County with management of the Yolo Bypass Westside Tributaries Flow Monitoring project that was awarded by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife from Proposition 1 funding, resulting in an award to Yolo County of $331,148. This three-year grant period will result in the collection and analysis of previously uncollected data on four westside tributaries to the Yolo Bypass: Putah Creek, Cache Creek, Knights Landing Ridge Cut Canal, and Willow Slough Bypass. Ultimately, this data and the modeling it supports will be used to inform management decisions in the Yolo Bypass.
Organization Evaluation & Improvement
Consero will help special districts and non-profit organizations evaluate operations and identify opportunities to improve governance and management, including review of bylaws, internal controls, budget processes, and other important elements of day-to-day operations. Consero uses a team of experts, including attorneys and human resource consultants, to help districts and non-profit organizations implement solutions.
Example: Visit Yolo Organizational Evaluations
Consero helped Visit Yolo evaluate existing operations and identify opportunities to improve governance and management as part of its transition to a Tourism Business Improvement District. Consero’s work included a review of bylaws, internal controls, budget processes, and other important elements of day-to-day operations. Consero also provided Executive Director support services, assisted with the development of annual budgets, financial reports, and Board meeting materials as well as financial and human resources policies and procedures, and helped implement priority recommendations.
Consero Solutions will engage in policy discussions, review proposed new policies, recommend positions, draft comment letters, and advocate for changes as needed to further your organization’s mission and goals. Consero Solutions advises the Yolo County Board of Supervisors, for example, on policies and projects proposed by the Delta Stewardship Council, the Delta Conservancy, the California Department of Water Resources, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation that affect the portion of Yolo County in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
Example: Solano County Affordable Housing
Consero Solutions assisted Solano County with identifying options to construct affordable housing for communities the County serves, including veterans, aging out foster youth, low-income working families, and people who are unhoused and suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, or physical disability. As part of this effort, Consero identified and evaluated funding opportunities, analyzed the 2019-20 state budget and housing trailer bills, interviewed County staff to assess the current status of affordable housing in Solano, researched best practices and consulted experts in the fields of affordable housing and homelessness, interviewed four other counties about their affordable housing efforts, and incorporated findings into a memorandum to the County Board of Supervisors outlining options for next steps.
Funding Research & Grant Writing
Consero Solutions will identify state, federal, and foundation funding opportunities to leverage existing resources and assist with planning for these opportunities well in advance of notices of availability. This work includes development of two-year funding plans that match projects with grant, loan, or rebate opportunities and provide a clear schedule for application completion. This advance preparation allows your organization to plan ahead, including the appropriation of matching funds through the annual budget process or the allocation of resources to develop successful partnerships and projects prior to application deadlines.
Consero Solutions can also help your organization write grants to implement or further public policy priorities, as well as manage the implementation of grants once received by your organization. This assistance includes developments of timelines, identification of partners, and grant writing.
Example: City of Davis Comprehensive Funding Plan
Consero Solutions completed two Comprehensive Funding Plans for the City of Davis, first in January 2016, then in 2018, which have resulted in the City receiving total grants of approximately $16 million between 2016-2018, including approximately $923,982 in completed grant-funded projects. The Plan includes identification of opportunities for projects proposed by the Community Development & Sustainability, Open Space, Parks & Community Services, Public Works, City Manager, and Fire departments. The 2018-2020 Plan identifies over 30 funding opportunities. Consero is now in the process of working with City staff to update the Plan to reflect new City priority projects and new funding opportunities.
State and Federal Advocacy
Consero Solutions will advise your organization on strategies to secure outside funding or achieve changes in state or federal laws, policies, regulations, or program guidelines. These strategies could include legislative proposals, funding research, public outreach, or advocacy at the state, regional, or federal level. We believe that local communities and organizations are their own best advocates, so strive to provide support for existing efforts.
Example: City of Davis Legislative Platform
Consero Solutions assisted the City of Davis with developing and implementing both a 2019 state legislative platform and advocacy policy. Over the course of eight months, Consero worked closely with City staff and the Legislative Subcommittee to solicit and review draft legislative proposals from department heads, prioritize the proposals, develop them into either a legislative platform or an advocacy policy, and help the City implement its platform by preparing fact sheets, convening meetings with legislators and legislative staffers to discuss proposals and pending legislation, and engaging in community outreach to enlist supporters.
Consero Solutions recognizes the key role that staff plays in an organization’s ability to achieve goals and implement projects, and the impact staff absence can have on this success. Staff support services focus on providing assistance with any variety of tasks necessary as a result of staff absence. Such assistance can include research, project management, policy analysis, administrative support, grant management, budget development, and program administration, among other activities. Consero Solutions will provide this support in the event of extensive staff leave, unfilled positions, or other circumstances in which a client is in need of an extra hand.
Example: Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan/Natural Community Conservation Plan
The Yolo Habitat Conservancy hired Consero Solutions in 2012 to improve financial management and complete the Yolo Habitat Conservation Plan and Natural Community Conservation Plan (Yolo HCP/NCCP). Consero Solutions helped secure $4 million in state and federal planning grants between 2012 and 2017 and led the Conservancy’s efforts to release drafts of the HCP/NCCP in 2013, 2015, and 2017. The Conservancy completed the HCP/NCCP and receive permits under the state and federal Endangered Species Acts in 2018. The final permits will result in a new program in Yolo County that streamlines permitting under the state and federal Endangered Species Acts for all four cities and the County, as well as permanently protects 32,000 acres of habitat for 12 endangered or threatened species.