Current Assets

Since 1995, the District has awarded nearly $1.9 billion in grants, including $60 million in capital grants for projects like accessibility, critical infrastructure and equipment.

Pittsburgh Zoo © Paul Selvaggio

The hallmark of District grants is unrestricted operating funds.  RAD operating grants to assets can be used for all of the basics, like staff, utilities and maintenance.

Since 1995, and by the end of 2019, RAD has provided $2 billion in operating and capital grants to more than 100 diverse organizations (see RAD's funding history to date, in pdf). That sum includes $93.7 million in capital grants for parks maintenance, repairs and new projects; trails improvements; and  discretionary projects like accessibility, critical infrastructure and equipment. RAD funds also have made possible special collaborations among assets that have contributed to budget savings and audience development.


The District will support three major grant categories in 2019:

Contractual Assets - organizations selected in 1994 for 10-year funding commitments that were reauthorized for five additional years in 2005, 2010 and 2015;

Annual Assets - organizations that apply for support on an annual basis;

Multi-Year Assets - grants with commitments for more than one year of commitments beyond the contractual asset period. 

(Additional RAD support for Accessibility/Inclusion and Connection projects comes through the Special Project Grants program, with $250,000 available for 2019.

Finally, in honor of its 25th Anniversary, RAD introduced the RADical ImPAct Grant program in 2019.)


Contractual Assets

Regional Asset


Allegheny County Library Association


Allegheny County – Regional Parks 
Mandatory capital grant subject to 1% of revenue adjustment. Capital for facility imrpovements, restroom renovations, and park equipment.


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - EIN grant


Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - funding for library system e-resources


Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Capital funding for freight elevator and accessible restroom in Warhol Museum.


City of McKeesport Renziehausen Regional Park
Capital for new park pavilion and playground equipment.


City of Pittsburgh – Regional Parks 
Mandatory capital grant subject to 1% of revenue adjustment.  Capital for playground renovations, Schenley Park mainteance garage, park improvements and Schenley park ice rink improvements.


National Aviary in Pittsburgh
Capital for office improvements.


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 
Capital is a match for glass restoration.


Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium 
Capital is for water conservation projects, sea lion exhibit, ADA compliant door improvements, and electrical upgrades.


Total - Contractual Operating 2019
Total - Contractual Capital 2019


Grand Total (Contractual - 2019 Operating, 2019 Capital)


Multi-Year Agreements

Regional Asset


Sports and Exhibition Authority

Regional Destination Financing Plan (Stadium) Debt Service (stadiums and convention center)


Grand Total (Multi-Year)


Annual Grants

Regional Asset


ACH Clear Pathways
Funding for public programming.


August Wilson African American Cultural Center $500,000

Afro American Music Institute


Allegheny Brass Band


Allegheny Land Trust 
Capital for Allegheny Land Trust - Montour Trail restorations for three-mile section in South park Twp and Jefferson Hills Boro ($50,000); Steel Valley trail paving ($57,000). Trail groups receive pass-through grants and must be audited per RAD guidelines if they receive more than $25,000.


American Jewish Museum of the JCC


Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall
Capital funding for safety features in the Music Hall studio space.


Arcade Comedy Theater $3,500
Funding for public gallery exhibitions.

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh


Attack Theatre


Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania
Capital funding for ADA trail extension.


Avonworth Municipal Authority: ACORD Park


Bach Choir of Pittsburgh


Boyce-Mayview Regional Park
Capital funding for playground improvements and perimeter trail project.
Bricolage Production Company $22,500
Bulgarian National Education and Cultural Center $5,000

Calliope, Pittsburgh Folk Music Society


Chamber Music Pittsburgh


Chatham Baroque


Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh 
Capital for accessibility upgrades at the Museumlab entrance.


City of Asylum/Pittsburgh


City Theatre
Capital for parking lot improvements.


Community Theater Project (Kelly-Strayhorn Theater)




Dreams of Hope


Edgewood Symphony


FOR - The Father Ryan Arts Center


Film Pittsburgh


Frick Art & Historical Center
Capital for improvements to Clayton.


Front Porch Theatricals


Gemini Theater Company


Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council


Hill Dance Academy Theatre


Historical Society of Western PA (Sen. John Heinz History Center)
Capital for energy efficient window replacement.


Kaufmann Center, Hill House Assn. $20,000
Kente Arts Alliance $4,000

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild


Mattress Factory
Funding contingent on additional information.


McKeesport Little Theater


Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh


New Hazlett Theater
Capital for safety and security upgrades.


New Horizon Theater


North Hills Art Center


North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band


PICT Classic Theatre


Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Capital for interior improvements including HVAC equipment upgrades.


Pittsburgh Botanic Garden


Pittsburgh Camerata


Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera
Capital for CLO Academy improvements.


Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra


Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting – WYEP


Pittsburgh Concert Chorale


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Capital for interior improvements at 811 Liberty Ave. and accessible doors.


Pittsburgh Festival Opera $16,500

Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media
Capital for building repairs and improvements at Center for the Arts buildings; contingent on receiving additional imformation.


Pittsburgh Glass Center
Capital funding for LED lighting upgrades.


Pittsburgh Musical Theater
Capital funding for HVAC improvements.


Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble


Pittsburgh Opera


Pittsburgh Philharmonic


Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company


Pittsburgh Public Theater
Capital for sound, communication and technology upgrades.


Pittsburgh Savoyards


Pittsburgh School for Choral Arts (Pittsburgh Girls Choir)


Pittsburgh Symphony Society $1,600,00

Pittsburgh Youth Chorus


Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra


Port Authority of Allegheny County


Prime Stage Theatre


Quantum Theatre


Rachel Carson Homestead Assn.
Funding contingent on additional information.

Renaissance City Choir


River City Brass


Saltworks Theatre Company


Silver Eye Center for Photography


SLB Radio Productions
Capital for computer integreation for new facility.

Society for Contemporary Craft


Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
Capital for fire and safety improvements.


South Hills Chorale


South Park Theatre


Sports and Exhibition Authority $800,000

Squonk Opera, Inc. Funding for Allegheny County public performances.


Steeltown Entertainment Project


Sweetwater Center for the Arts


Texture Contemporary Ballet


The Holocaust Center for Pittsburgh $3,500
The Union Project $12,000

Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras


Tickets for Kids $15,000

Tuesday Musical Club


The Tull Family Theater


Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Capital for ADA accessible garden.


WQED Multimedia
Capital for studio lighting and roof upgrades.


Library shared service project $170,000
Impact grants $2,500,000
Special Project Grants: Accessibility and Inclusion $250,000
Partnerships and Initiatives $100,000

Access and Opportunity Grants


Total Annual - Operating Grants (2019)
Total Annual - Capital Grants (2019)
Grand Total Annual Grants (2019)

Total - Capital/Programming: Access and Opportunity/Library Project/Impact Grants/Special Project Grants/Partnerships and Initiatives (2019)




Grant Totals

Total: Operating Grants


Total: Capital Grants/Programming




District Administration

Administrative Budget $975,000

GRAND TOTAL - 2019 BUDGET: $108,617,170