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