1. Applicants must meet the baseline requirements outlined below:
  2. Applicants may apply as a natural person (an “Individual”) or as a firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, corporation, limited liability company, or public entity (each, an “Organization”).
  3. Public agencies are ineligible for funding under this program. This restriction does not apply to public universities.
  4. Projects must be located in the City of Sacramento.
  5. Specific projects, programs, or activities already funded by the City or Sacramento are not eligible; however, current or prior City grantees may apply for funding under this grant program for new projects, programs, or activities.
  6. Previous RAILS grant recipients are eligible for funding under this program; however, we anticipate that no more than 25 percent of the total amount of 2018 grants will be awarded to 2017 RAILS grantees.
  7. Applicants must have the capacity to implement the funded activities.
  8. 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:

  • Payments to artists/performers/consultants
  • Consumable supplies
  • Durable goods
  • Rental fees
  • Purchase of hardware, software or equipment to deliver project
  • Marketing/public relations for the project
  • Documentation
  • Assessment tools

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

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.).

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