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Struggling with making decisions about your CalSHAPE Grants?


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Applying for grants can be a bit scary...

We appreciate that you need as much information as possible (due to your impossibly busy schedules) to feel comfortable moving forward and applying for the CalSHAPE ventilation grants and awards program.


Below are questions and concerns we have helped other large districts successfully navigate:

  • Ongoing auditing under CalSHAPE (AB841):
    There is no formal auditing process for this program You will not be required to fill out or regularly submit paperwork You will not be subjected to ongoing programmatic auditing requirements However, because you are getting grant money they could, for instance, make a visit to San Luis Obispo County and ask all the school districts to “tell us about your CO2 measurements over the last year" or “give us numbers about your energy usage” over the last 3 months LifeWings/KFI Engineers will help you gather that information as part of the grant
  • Internal workload issues and involvement for your team
    The CalSHAPE program does not require any work from your team on the assessment activities You don't have to do anything for the filter installation or CO2 monitor installation You are not required to do any of the work for the contingency repairs and contingency adjustments that are all part of the funding package
  • Longer-term funding and other grants
    We consider our firm to be your long-term funding partner for safer air activities and actions, HVAC equipment, and several other funding programs such as: Phase 2 of CalSHAPE, which covers HVAC replacement funds Accessing Vice President Harris’ underserved schools clean air program Other state, utility company, and federally funded programs
  • Encumbering funds and processing grant payments
    There is no paperwork to fill out for your CBO team – we only need a few contact names, a Tax ID number and some signatures We manage the uploading of the funding-related documentation for the State Controller's Office, We track the payment of the grants and the checks until they come to your bank account directly We also want to confirm that there are ZERO matching fund requirements or out-of-pocket expenses for the district
  • Labor Compliance and Project Documentation
    All project activities rigorously adhere to CA Dept. of Industrial Relations (DIR), PWC 100 labor compliance program Excess fees, consulting fees, and project management fees are not allowed There is no allowance for exceeding budgets or estimates that we put into the system All spending and subsidies for different categories of work performed and repairs undertaken are documented as part of the program All contractor work is fully documented, including: Labor costs and labor hours Parts and materials costs All assessment activities and repair activities The filter installation activities The CO2 monitor installation activities Every dollar spent must be documented, and Every dollar spent must be accounted for and uploaded to the system before they will make the final payment
  • Payments and funding
    Payments come directly to the district In addition, you get progress reports from us as soon as we do the assessment that explain all of the equipment listed, documented equipment issues for your HVAC team, as well as the CO2 monitoring locations and where those monitors will be installed All contingency repairs are listed and prioritized Your team will decide what repairs you want to have done Your team will choose which repairs to make Your team will prioritize the repairs, adjustments, and mechanical fixes for every HVAC unit on each of your sites Nothing will be done without your clearance and approval Nothing will be done without your HVAC / Maintenance team knowing exactly what's happening
Our Simple Process
We're there with you all the way.
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