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 2018, RAD has provided $1.8 billion in operating and capital grants to more than 100 diverse organizations (see RAD's funding history to date, in pdf). That sum includes $89 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 2018: 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.  RAD also supports Accessibility/Inclusion and Connection projects through the Special Project Grants program, with $100,000 available for 2018.

Contractual Assets

Regional Asset


Allegheny County Library Association


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


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 towards completion of Warhol Museum window replacement project.


City of McKeesport Renziehausen Regional Park
Capital for parking area expansion and shelter upgrades.


City of Pittsburgh – Regional Parks 
Mandatory capital grant subject to 1% of revenue adjustment.  Capital for resurfacing, maintenance equipment, court renovations, sidewalk repairs and lighting improvements.


National Aviary in Pittsburgh
Capital for improvements to the Tropical Forest Room.


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 
Capital is a match for glass restoration in the Palm Court.


Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium 
Capital is a match for operation corridor improvements.


Total - Contractual Operating 2018
Total - Contractual Capital 2018


Grand Total (Contractual - 2017 Operating, 2017 Capital)


Multi-Year Assets

Regional Asset


Sports and Exhibition Authority

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


Sports and Exhibition Authority

Arena Project Debt Service


Grand Total (Multi-Year)


Annual Grants

Regional Asset


ACH Clear Pathways


African American Cultural Center - grant conditioned on additional information $500,000

Afro American Music Institute - grant for public programs in Allegheny County


Allegheny Brass Band


Allegheny Land Trust 
Capital for Allegheny Land Trust - Dead Man's Hollow accessibility improvements $20,000; Montour Trail Council Piney Fork Trail extension $40,000; Panhandle Trail Association trail resurfacing $20,000. 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
Operating funds for music hall.


Arcade Comedy Theater $2,500

Associated Artists of Pittsburgh


Attack Theatre


Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania


Avonworth Municipal Authority: ACORD Park


Bach Choir of Pittsburgh


Bricolage Productions


Calliope, Pittsburgh Folk Music Society


Chamber Music Pittsburgh


Chatham Baroque


Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh 


City of Asylum/Pittsburgh


City Theatre


Community Theater Project Corp. (Kelly-Strayhorn Theater)
Capital towards HVAC system replacement; grant contingent on long-term lease.




Dreams of Hope


Edgewood Symphony


FOR - The Father Ryan Arts Center


Film Pittsburgh


Frick Art & Historical Center
Capital is a match for front porch repairs at 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 upgrades related to and contingent upon Smithsonian exhibit.


Kente Arts Alliance $2,500

Manchester Craftsmen's Guild


Mattress Factory


McKeesport Little Theater


Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh


New Hazlett Theater
Capital for HVAC improvements.


New Horizon Theater


North Hills Art Center


North Pittsburgh Symphonic Band


Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (now Pittsburgh Festival Opera)


PICT Classic Theatre


Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Capital is a match for security system upgrades including lighting.


Pittsburgh Botanic Garden


Pittsburgh Camerata


Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera


Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra


Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting – WYEP - grant for WYEP operations


Pittsburgh Concert Chorale


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust


Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Capital is a match for elevator repairs at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts campus.


Pittsburgh Glass Center


Pittsburgh Musical Theater


Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble


Pittsburgh Opera
Capital is a match for security system upgrades.


Pittsburgh Philharmonic


Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company


Pittsburgh Public Theater


Pittsburgh Savoyards


Pittsburgh School for Choral Arts


Pittsburgh Symphony Society
Capital towards backstage fire and life safety improvement project.


Pittsburgh Youth Chorus


Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra


Port Authority of Allegheny County


Prime Stage Theatre


Quantum Theatre


Renaissance and Baroque Society


Renaissance City Choir


River City Brass


Saltworks Theatre Company


Silk Screen


Silver Eye Center for Photography


SLB Radio Productions $2,600

Society for Contemporary Craft


Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
Capital for fretaining wall and ramp improvements.


South Hills Chorale


South Park Theatre


Squonk Opera, Inc.


Steeltown Entertainment Project


Sweetwater Center for the Arts


Texture Contemporary Ballet


The Union Project $10,500

Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras


Tickets for Kids $10,000

Tuesday Musical Club


Upper St. Clair Twp - Boyce/Mayview Regional Park
Capital for outdoor improvements.


Village Theater Company (The Tull Family Theater)


Western Pennsylvania Conservancy


WQED Multimedia
Capital is a match for FM automation replacement, video server and master control upgrades.


Special Project Grants: Accessibility and Inclusion $100,000

Access and Opportunity Grants


Total Annual - Operating Grants (2018)
Total Annual - Capital Grants (2018)
Grand Total Annual Grants (2018)



Grant Totals

Total: Operating Grants


Total: Capital Grants




District Administration

Administrative Budget $900,000