2017 Public Purpose Grant Application Guide

Thank you for visiting our Public Purpose Grant information page. Letters of Intent are now available for qualified applicants.

Grant Overview

Public Purpose funds 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 Funds 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.

Applying for a Grant

Prior to submitting a request for funding, we recommend that you click the links below to thoroughly review the Public Purpose Grant Procedures and information on funding limitations, organization qualifications and the overall review process. If you determine that your organization fits within these guidelines, you may apply for a grant by submitting an online inquiry.

Please send any questions to

Getting Started

Begin Grant Inquiry

Status of FY 15/16 Public Purpose Funds

2016 Public Purpose Grant Presentation

2017 Presentations