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Applications & Eligibility

Eligibility Requirements

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.
  • Have a minimum of the most recent two fiscal years entered in the DataArts project system.
  • Have a board-adopted budget and regularly evidenced financial reporting to its board.
  • Have an independent audit if requesting a total of $25,000 or more in RAD support.
  • Have a board-adopted diversity plan and provide progress on implementation of plan.
  • Have a position/office designated as the organization's accessibility coordinator.
  • 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.
  • Be current on all government taxation and regulatory compliance matters.
  • Provide the majority of its programming or services funded by the District in Allegheny County.

Act 77 prohibits RAD 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.

In addition, RAD does not provide funding for:

  • Social/human service agencies and programs;
  • Parades, single or short term events or festivals;
  • Local recreation programs, facilities and activities such as teams and leagues;
  • Economic and/or housing development organizations, agencies and programs;
  • Planning and feasibility studies;
  • Services such as public safety and health programs, water and sewer projects, bridges, vistas and roads other than in qualifying parks;
  • Historical monuments unless part of an otherwise eligible regional asset, such as a regional park or museum, or sufficient funds have been raised and set aside at the time of the application;
  • Organizations not open to the public on a regular and consistent basis.

First Time Applicants

If you have never applied for RAD funds, you are required to meet with RAD staff prior to applying and receiving credentials for the application system. Please call RAD (412-227-1900) and ask to speak with a program officer or email Diane Hunt to discuss eligibility and other requirements.

Application Information

Applications for 2022 operating and capital grants are now closed.

If you are interested in learning more about our guidelines for funding, please review our 2022 Application Guidelines which include detailed eligibility requirements. Requirements may change from year to year; please always review the most current version.

All applicants must have current data (as of the time applications are submitted) entered into the DataArts system. You are able to submit updated information free of charge to the DataArts system year round. The guidelines contain complete information on the DataArts system and how to get help with that process.

RAD has an annual budget process that begins with the application process in May, and ends with a budget adoption in December for the following year. Each proposed allocation requires the support of six board 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.

NOTE: All RAD applications are public record.

Capital Grant Requests

Capital requests will be accepted for 2022. Urgent, shovel-ready capital maintenance, major equipment purchases and major repairs to existing facilities are eligible as are projects and equipment designed to make facilities and programming more accessible. Improvements or equipment should have a useful life of at least five years. Financial support from other sources will be taken into consideration during evaluation. Grants awarded will have two years for drawdown. Planning and feasibility studies are not eligible. If you have requested funding for capital projects you will need to provide additional information on the project or projects.

Click here to see 2022 Capital Grant Guidelines.