RIOC Grants

Grant Overview

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


The application cycle for Public Purpose Grants is now open. All prospective applicants must submit an LOI. Qualifying applicants will then be invited to submit a grant application.

View the 2018 Public Purpose Funds Application Schedule (PDF)

View the 2018 Letter of Intent (PDF)

View the M/WBE Board Resolution Template (PDF)

Prospective applicants may view samples of the application and appendices to gather required information. Please do not submit a copy of the sample application/appendices. Applicants whose LOI that RIOC deems eligible will be notified by the date advised in the schedule (above) and will be sent a copy of the 2018 Public Purpose Fund Application via e-mail.

View the Sample Application (PDF)

View the Sample Appendices (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).

2017 Presentations

Check out the 2017 presentation (PDF).