Eligibility and Restrictions


Applicants must meet the baseline requirements outlined below:
    Applicants may apply as a natural person (an "Individual") or as a firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, corporation, limited liability company, or public educational institution (each, an “Organization”).
    Public agencies other than public educational institutions are ineligible for funding under this program.
    Projects must be located in the City of Sacramento.
    Previous RAILS grant recipients are eligible for funding under this program. We anticipate that approximately 30 percent of the total amount of 2018 grants will be awarded to 2017 RAILS grantees.
    Applicants must have the capacity to implement the funded activities.
    Applicants must meet City insurance requirements.


Only one application may be submitted per Individual/Organization. Efforts to circumvent this restriction, such as submitting applications from affiliated entities or entities with overlapping directors, may result in disqualification.
Applications will not be accepted from Individuals or Organizations that are not in compliance with current or past City grants. Funding will be withheld from grantees that become non‐compliant during the course of a RAILS grant contract.

What the RAILS Grant Funds

Examples of what expenditures this grant may be used for include:
    Salaries for staff
    Stipends for volunteers
    Equipment and supplies
    Office space
    Co-working membership fees
    Marketing / public relations
    Food and beverage
    Program development and delivery
    Scholarships for program participants
    Subscription fees
    Professional services
    Travel expenses
    General operating expenses

Ineligible Uses

This grant may not be used for:
    Projects restricted to private or exclusive participation, including restriction of access to programs on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, or sexual orientation
    Registration fees to attend classes, workshops or conferences
    Fundraising activities
    Capital campaigns or endowments
    Consultation or facilitation related to capital projects
    General operating expenses that are not specific to the project
    Costs associated with proposal or grant application preparation
    Costs incurred or obligated outside of the grant period
    Costs for lobbying
    Costs for entertainment
    Re-granting, contributions to other organizations and donations except if grant is explicitly received on behalf of a fiscally sponsored organization
    Reimbursement of costs that are paid prior to the execution of the grant award agreement or outside the dates stated in the grant agreement
    Public works as defined in the California Labor Code

Additional Project Information

All project activities funded through this program must be open and advertised to the general public, and include publicity that recognizes the funding received from the City of Sacramento’s RAILS Program.
Expected project outcomes must be stated and assessed in the application. Participant and audience numbers must be tracked and the project must be documented (e.g., video/audio recording, collateral materials such as flyers, postcards, and programs, or use of a social media hashtag, etc.).