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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Roosevelt Island 2013 Public Purpose Fund Applications Now Available From RIOC - Application Deadline January 11

 Pile Of Money Image From Richwealthpig

It's that time of the year again. No, I am not referring to Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and the Holiday Season but the beginning of the Roosevelt Island Public Purpose Fund process.

Are you a Roosevelt Island not-for profit 501(c)3 or 4 organization seeking additional funds for your organization next year? If so, this announcement from Roosevelt Island Operating Corp (RIOC) Community Relations Specialist Erica Spencer-El is for you.
The 2013 application for Public Purpose Funding is now available online. To obtain a copy of the application and to review current guidelines, visit If you have bookmarked last years application, please do not use it as new items have been added to the current application. Please note that applicant organizations must be not-for-profit incorporations as defined by 501(c)3 or 501(c)4 Status

The deadline to apply for Public Purpose Funds is Friday, January 11, 2013 at 5:00 PM. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

The 2013 Public Purpose Grant application can be downloaded or completed online at your convenience. Please submit your completed application and necessary attachments to the RIOC office located at 591 Main Street.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding completing the PPG application please contact Erica Spencer-EL at or by calling 212-832-4540 EXT# 349. 
According to RIOC:
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 awards these funds upon the recommendation of the Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA).
Not-for-profit community organizations are welcome to apply for these funds by following the application process below.

RIRA Mission Statement
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....
The RIOC 2013 Public Purpose Grant Application is here and guidelines here.

As reported previously, here's how the Public Purpose Funds process works:
The Roosevelt Island Residents Association (RIRA) has been delegated

by RIOC to make recommendations to the RIOC Board for the allocation of available Public Purpose Funds.  RIRA created a Public Purpose Funds Committee that will interview and evaluate the applicant organizations and then make recommendations as to how the funds get distributed to the full RIRA Common Council. Upon approval by the RIRA Common Council, the recommendations are forwarded to the RIOC Board for approval. The total amount of Public Purpose Funds available  is $100 Thousand to be allocated among the recommended Roosevelt Island organizations.
The 2012 Public Purpose Fund recommendations are here, 2011 here, 2010 here and 2009 here.

Good Luck to all the organizations.