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 16, 2020. 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 2021-2022 Grant Application and relevant appendixes by clicking on the links below

2021-2022 Grant Application

Public Purpose Fund Interview Schedule

2021-2022 Appendix Guidance

Appendix A

Appendix B

Appendix D

Appendix E

FY2021-2022 Public Purpose Grant Scheduled Timeline

Friday, October 30, 2020
Invitation to Submit Letter of Intent Released
Saturday, October 31 - 
Monday, November 16
Letter of Intent (LOI) Submission Period(1)
Friday, November 20, 2020
End of RIOC LOI Review Period
Monday, November 23, 2020Grant Applications Distributed to Qualified Applicants
Wednesday, December 23, 2020Grant Applications Due/RIOC Review Period
Friday, January 15, 2021Completed Applications Forwarded to RIRA
Friday, January 15, 2021 –
Friday February 1, 2021
RIRA Review Period
Monday, February 8, 2021 &
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 

Public Interviews 

Day 1 Presentations: February 8th
Day 2 Presentations: February 9th

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