Grantmaking Goals and Applications

RAD invests tens of millions of dollars in the region each year! The assets range from public parks, cultural events and sports facilities to libraries, arts programs and civic facilities. Are you eligible for funding?

Pittsburgh Zoo © Julie Goetz/RAD

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 application prcoess for 2019 annual operating funding is closed. The application process for 2020 funding will be announced in May 2019.  If you intend to seek funding for the first time, please review the District's Goals, Eligibility and Restrictions detailed below.

Funding for Connections, Accessibility/Inclusion grants is ongoing. Information on both applications can be found below under "Applications for Funding."

District Goals

The annual grants program has the following goals:

1. 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.

2. To extend the benefits of asset programming to the widest possible audience.

3. 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.

Eligibility for Annual Operating, Capital and Special Project Grants

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. (See RAD Diversity Plan as an example.)

- 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 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.


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 housing development agencies and programs.

- planning and feasibility studies.

- services other than qualifying parks (examples include public safety and health programs, water and sewer projects, bridges, vistas and roads);

- 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.

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. 

Applications for Funding

2020 Operating and Capital Grant Applications  - will be available May 2019

The application and guidelines for 2020 funding will be available in May 2019. (Special Project grants are ongoing - see next section.) If you are interested in learning more about our guidelines for funding in future years, please review this year's  Guidelines and Instructions. The Guidelines include detailed eligibility requirements; requirements may change from year to year.

Currently, 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.

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 to discuss eligibility and other requirements.

Special Project Grants:
Connection Grants, Accessibility/Inclusion Grants

RAD Special Project Grants incorporate both Connections Grants and Accessibility/Inclusion Grants.  Applications may be submitted at any time with tentative review deadlines of March 15, June 15, and October 15.  Download the application for Special Project Grants  (in Word) which details eligibility and criteria. View the list of Special Project grants to date (in pdf).

Connections Grants are one time project grants designed to assist in the implementation of asset connections, including mergers, agreements to share a significant portion of administrative costs or facilities, and collaborations that result in revenue enhancement or cost control. 

Accessibility/Inclusion Grants: As part of its Regional Assets are for Everyone Initiative, the District is accepting special project grant applications for projects that will have a long term benefit toward enhancing opportunities for those with physical and cognitive challenges to enjoy the benefits of asset programming.  These project grants are meant as one time investments in facilities, equipment or program development.  See the application for types of projects that will be considered.

Manage Your Grant

Grant Contracts

For Operating Grants/Annual Assets: By February 5th, you should have received in the mail two copies of your grant contract with RAD. Please return BOTH copies SIGNED to RAD; we will then send back to you a copy this is signed by RAD's executive director. Send both signed copies to: Allegheny Regional Asset District, 436 Seventh Ave., #2201, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

For Capital Grants: you will receive a notice from RAD regarding completing Capital Grant Contract Schedule A in February.

If you have any questions: for contractual assets, Carolyn Marks (cm@radworkshere.org); for annual assets, Diane Hunt (dh@radworkshere.org).

Capital Grant Contract Schedule A

This form is used only after a capital grant is awarded. It is not part of the application. You will be directed to fill out a Schedule A as part of the contract process. A copy of the form is available for download here in (pdf) or here in Word

Close Out Reports

Grant close out reports are now assigned and filed on line through the RAD application/close out system. You will be notified when a close out report is due and provided instructions on how to file the report on line. Use this link to the RAD application/close out system.

Capital Grant Payment Request Form

Use the Capital Grant Payment Request form to request payment for your capital grants. This is for current assets only.