PITTSBURGH –If it’s August in Pittsburgh, the weather is warm, students are moving into college dorms – and the RAD board is meeting to hear requests for funding for the next year. RAD commits taxpayer funding to the region’s libraries, parks and trails, sports and civic facilities, transit, and arts and culture programs.
“At RAD, we take seriously the responsibility for our grant making that supports the many excellent ways in which we live, work and play,” said Daniel J. Griffin, RAD Board Chair. “Our public hearings are an important way for applicants to demonstrate their outstanding programs and places, and their regional impact.”
The public hearings will open with presentations from contractual assets (organizations with minimum funding guarantees for multiple years) and continue with organizations requesting annual grants. A full schedule with applicant organizations and their hearing date is posted in the Board Meetings section.
There are 117 eligible applications for funding in 2019, comprised of nine contractual assets, one multi-year asset, and 107 annual applicants. There are 16 applicants that are first time applicants, previous assets or prior applicants/not funded. The total of these requests is $111,739,963. Of that amount, requests for operating funds total $101,153,704 and requests for capital funds total $10,586,259.
Last year, the Board reviewed 111 eligible applications for grant requests totaling $108,446,778 resulting in a 2018 grant budget of $ $100,076,975 (amended).
All of the sessions will be held at 2:30PM in the Koppers Building/Level B (436 Seventh Ave.), in downtown Pittsburgh. RAD hearings and board meetings are open to the public and accessible. If you require an accommodation, please contact RAD at (412) 227-1900 ext. 214.
On September 26th, the Board is scheduled to release a preliminary budget that will be open for public comment for nearly two months. The Board will then hold a special hearing later in October or November to hear public comment on the preliminary budget before meeting to adopt the final budget on or around November 28th.
Since 1995, the District has allocated nearly $1.9 billion from one-half of the county sales tax for the preservation and enhancement of regional libraries, parks and trails, sports and civic facilities, arts and culture programs and transit. The other half of the tax goes directly from the state to the county government and the municipalities for continuing tax reform, tax relief for eligible seniors and government operations.
Julie Goetz, Communications Manager
(412) 227-1900 ext. 214 or (412) 713-2810 (cell)