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Apply for Funding

RAD funds many programs, events and places enjoyed by the people of Allegheny County. District grants support and enhance regional assets in the areas of libraries, parks, cultural, sports and civic facilities and programs.

RAD has an annual budget process that begins with the application process, and ends with a budget adoption in December for the following year. Each proposed allocation requires the support of six members. All meetings and votes of the Board are conducted under the provisions of the Sunshine Act which requires public meetings and opportunities for public comment.  All applications are public record.

The deadline for submitting completed 2017 applications is Friday, July 15 at 4:30 pm.  Funding for Connections. Accessibility/Inclusion Grants is ongoing.  Information on both applications can be found on the Forms section of our web site, under the heading "Grant Program." 

District Goals

The annual grants program has the following goals:

  • To sustain and enhance the growth and quality of a diverse group of well-managed and financially sound District-based regional assets, programming in areas funded by the District.
  • To extend the benefits of asset programming to the widest possible audience.
  • To encourage the involvement of young people as both audience and participants in asset activities.

Funding Categories

Operating Grants: support for ongoing activities of the organization.  Support is typically unrestricted.

Capital Grants: repair of existing facilities; new equipment or repairs to equipment.

Special Project Grants: Connection Grants, Accessibility/Inclusion Grants - support for projects that are designed to assist in asset connections including mergers, or agreements to share a significant portion of administrative costs or facilities; and support for projects that have a long-term benefit toward enhancing opportunities for those with physical and cognitive challenges to enjoy asset programming.


In order to be eligible for RAD funding, an applicant:

- must be a governmental entity or non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, with an IRS 501(c) 3 certificate on file with the District on the date of application.

- must be the owner/beneficial owner and operator of the program or facility for which funds are sought.  No "pass through" or fiscal agent arrangements are permitted.

- must provide programming or services funded by the District in Allegheny County.

- must be current on all governmental taxation and regulatory compliance matters.

- must (if previously funded) be current on all compliance filings with the District.

- must have a minimum of two fiscal years entered in the DataArts project.

- must have a board-adopted budget and regular financial reporting to its board.

- must have an independent audit if requesting a total of $25,000 or more in RAD support.

- must have a board-adopted diversity plan

- must have a position/office designated as the organization's accessibility coordinator.

However, Act 77 prohibits the District from funding:

- any health care facility

- institutions of elementary

- secondary or higher education

- any park less than 200 acres except for linear parks located in more than one municipality

- any asset which fails to serve a significant number of residents outside of the municipality in which the asset is located

- any library which is not part of a library system serving multiple municipalities.

RAD does not provide funding for:

- governmental-type services other than qualifying parks (examples include public safety and public works programs);

- local recreation programs, such as teams and leagues;

- economic and housing development agencies and programs;

- social/human service agencies and programs; parades, single or short term events or festivals;

- project grants for planning or feasibility studies;

- historical monuments unless part of an otherwise eligible regional asset. 

Eligibility criteria are reviewed each year by the RAD Board, and are subject to change.

All applicants must submit a Board-approved Diversity Plan (click here for sample plan)and comply with the District's Accessibility and Inclusion Policy requirements.