RIOC Public Purpose 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 each year. 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  

All prospective applicants must submit a Letter of Intent. The Letter of Intent Form (“LOI”) is due on November 18, 2019. Qualifying applicants will then be invited to submit a grant application. Please click on this link “Letter of Intent” to access the LOI.

Letter of Intent - Public Purpose Grant

You can find the 2020-2021 Grant Application and relevant appendixes by clicking on the links below

2020-2021 Grant Application

2020-2021 Appendix Guidance

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix D

Appendix E

FY2020-2021 Public Purpose Grant Scheduled Timeline

Monday, November 4, 2019
Invitation to Submit Letter of Intent Released
Monday, November 4, 2019 –
Monday, November 18, 2019

Letter of Intent (LOI) Submission Period(1)
Friday, November 22, 2019
End of RIOC LOI Review Period
Monday, November 25, 2019Grant Applications Distributed to Qualified Applicants
Wednesday, December 25, 2019Grant Applications Due/RIOC Review Period
Friday, January 17, 2019Completed Applications Forwarded to RIRA
Friday, January 17, 2019 –
Friday February 7, 2020

RIRA Review Period
Monday, February 10, 2020 &
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (Tentative)

Public Interviews (Tentative)
Wednesday, February 12, 2020RIOC Board Meeting – Grant Awards

(1) LOI submissions will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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).