$1.1 million in grants to help fund civic improvements, cultural resources

Grants funded by gaming would support opera, landslide stabilization projects among others

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12 – Four grants totaling more than $1.1 million have been awarded to help fund civic improvements and cultural resources in the Pittsburgh area, state Rep. Adam Ravenstahl, D-Allegheny, announced today.

“These grants, funded entirely through gaming revenues in Allegheny County, are an important reinvestment in our communities. From pedestrian bridges to the Pittsburgh Opera, this funding will help support community infrastructure and nonprofit organizations that help make our region a safe, connected and vibrant place,” Ravenstahl said. “I am happy to see and support these gaming-generated funds being reinvested in our communities.”

The grants awarded Tuesday include:

  • City of Pittsburgh, Davis Avenue Pedestrian Bridge Project, $200,000.
  • Pittsburgh Opera, Pittsburgh Opera’s 2019-20 Season, $500,000.
  • The Salvation Army of Western PA, North Boroughs Project, $209,000.
  • Ross Township, Hanway Slide Stabilization Rehabilitation Project, $200,000.

The grants were among a number that are funded by the Allegheny County Gaming Economic Development Fund, which is financed by gaming activity in the county. The fund is administered by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County and the state Commonwealth Financing Authority.