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. 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. 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. Interested parties can begin the process by clicking on this link.