Public Purpose Grants ﬁrst became available after the construction of Manhattan Park in 1989, when New York State allowed the fund to be established in lieu of the developers paying sales tax on construction materials. The RIOC Board of Directors approves the allocation of these funds yearly based upon the recommendation of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA). Not-for-proﬁt community organizations are welcome to apply for a Public Purpose Grant by following the application process below.
Public Purpose Grants should be allocated to beneﬁt Roosevelt Island residents, enhancing their quality of life through education, artistic and cultural enrichment, improved health, or a better environment.
Additional Information about can be found in the Public Purpose Grant Procedures
Applying for a Grant
The application cycle for Public Purpose Grants is closed and will be updated when a future grant cycle opens. All prospective applicants must submit an LOI. Qualifying applicants will then be invited to submit a grant application.
2018 Presentation Schedule
Check out the 2018 Presentation Schedule (PDF).
Status of Fiscal Year 2015 to 2016 Public Purpose Funds
View the status of the FY 15/16 Public Purpose Grants (PDF).
Status of Fiscal Year 2016 to 2017 Public Purpose Funds
View the status of the FY 16/17 Public Purpose Grants (PDF).
Status of Fiscal Year 2017 to 2018 Public Purpose Funds
View the status of the FY 17/18 Public Purpose Grants (PDF).