Current Assets

Since 1995, the District has awarded nearly $1.8 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 2017, 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 $60 million in capital grants for 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 2017: 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 $625,000 available for 2017.

Contractual Assets

Regional Asset


Allegheny County Library Association


Allegheny County – Regional Parks 
Mandatory capital grant subject to 1% of revenue adjustment. Capital for park equipment, facilities and shelter renovations, and pool repairs.


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 for emergency lighting and facility improvements.


City of McKeesport Regional Park
Capital for pavilion improvements and park repairs.


City of Pittsburgh – Regional Parks 
Mandatory capital grant subject to 1% of revenue adjustment.  Capital for road resurfacing, equipment, major playground renovations, walls, sidewalk and step renovations, and chiller system replacement at the ice rink.


National Aviary in Pittsburgh
Capital for security cameras, lighting and exhibit/facility repairs.


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens 
Capital for glass replacement.


Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium 
Capital for escalator repair and exhibit repair.


Total - Operating 2017
Total - Capital 2017


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 - grant for public art programming


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


Allegheny Brass Band


Allegheny Land Trust 
Capital: $4,000 for Dead Man's Hollow (Great Alleghney Passage) signage and counters. $19,000 - Hollow Oak Land Trust/Montour Trail bike/pedestrian bridge. $18,500 - Crouse Run Trail extension to Rachel Carson Trail and North Park.  $10,000 - Rachel Carson Trail extension in North Park to Harmony Trail bridge project. $3,500 - Regional Trail Council/Yough River Trail safety signs. Trail groups receiving pass-through grants must be audited per RAD guideliness 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.


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
Capital for public entrance repairs and exterior lighting.


Community Theater Project Corp. (Kelly-Strayhorn Theater)


Corning Dances


Dreams of Hope


Edgewood Symphony


FOR - The Father Ryan Arts Center


Frick Art & Historical Center


Front Porch Theatricals


Gemini Theater Company


Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council


Hill Dance Academy Theatre


Historical Society of Western PA
Capital for energy efficiency improvements and facility upgrades.


JFilm: The Pittsburgh Jewish Film Forum


Kaufmann Center/Hill House


Manchester Craftsmen's Guild


Mattress Factory
Capital for elevator project.


McKeesport Little Theater


Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh


New Hazlett Theater


New Horizon Theater


North Hills Art Center


North Suburban Symphonic Band


Opera Theater of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Festival Opera)


PICT Classic Theatre
Grant contingent on further information.


Pittsburgh Arts and Lectures


Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
Capital for HVAC repairs at main studio.


Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Capital for Children's Garden.


Pittsburgh Camerata


Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera


Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra


Pittsburgh Community Broadcasting – WYEP - grant for WYEP operations


Pittsburgh Concert Chorale


Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Capital for security enhancements.


Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts
Capital for facility improvements. Grants contingent on receiving additional information.


Pittsburgh Glass Center


Pittsburgh Musical Theater


Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble


Pittsburgh Opera


Pittsburgh Philharmonic


Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre Company


Pittsburgh Public Theater
Capital for carpet installation.


Pittsburgh Savoyards


Pittsburgh School for Choral Arts


Pittsburgh Symphony Society


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 Band


Saltworks Theatre Company
Grant for main stage productions.


Saturday Light Brigade Productions


Silk Screen


Silver Eye Center for Photography


Society for Contemporary Craft


Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall
Capital for facility improvements.


South Hills Chorale


South Park Theatre


Squonk Opera, Inc.


Steeltown Entertainment Project


Sweetwater Center for the Arts


Texture Contemporary Ballet


Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestras


Tuesday Musical Club


Union Project
Capital for exterior repairs.


Upper St. Clair Twp - Boyce/Mayview Regional Park
Capital for pavilion and shelters, playground shade structures, park improvements and grounds equipment.


Village Theater Company (Tull Family Theater) - contingent on receiving additional information.


Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Capital for flower bed accessibility improvements.


WQED Multimedia
Capital for building renovations and equipment.


Access and Opportunity Grants


Project Grants: Connections, Accessibility/Inclusion


Library Study Project


Total Annual - Operating Grants (2017)
Total Annual - Capital Grants (2017)
Grand Total Annual Grants (2017)



Grant Totals

Total: Operating Grants


Total: Capital Grants




District Administration

Administrative Budget $897,270