RAD grants primarily provide unrestricted operational support, meaning they can be used for anything an organization needs to operate from payroll to programming to utility bills.
Additionally, RAD awards capital grants to support building maintenance and improvements, as well as grants designed to support accessibility-related work and/or organizational collaboration.
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Annual Operating and Capital Grants
The application process for 2021 Annual Operating Grants is now closed.
RAD grants support and enhance regional assets throughout Allegheny County in the areas of libraries, parks and trails, arts and culture, regional attractions, sports and civic facilities, and transit.
The application process begins in late spring with applications accepted online through a deadline typically in July. Qualified applicants are then invited to appear in front of the RAD Board for public hearings of their requests. The Board makes a preliminary budget recommendation in September and accepts public comments and input before authorizing a final budget in December.
Operating Grants: support for day-to-day operations of the organization. Support is typically unrestricted.
Capital Grants: support for building maintenance and improvements.
*NOTE: due to the uncertain economic impacts of COVID-19, discretionary capital grant applications were not accepted for 2021 funding.
Additional Grant Opportunities
RAD also makes available Connection Grants and Accessibility/Inclusion Grants and accepts applications on a rolling basis.
Connection Grants: These 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 RAD's ongoing commitment to inclusion and access, these grants are for projects that enhance opportunities for those with physical and cognitive challenges to enjoy our regional assets. These project grants are meant as one-time investments in facilities, equipment or program development.
Current RAD assets may apply for Connection or Accessiblity/Inclusion Grants at any time throughout the year. Access the application here.
To get any help at all with general operating costs is the hardest thing, and we deeply appreciate the contribution that RAD makes.