Ten Island non-profits will take to the podium at Good Shepherd Community Center over the course of two evenings – tonight starting at 7:00 and Thursday, at 7:30 – to make their case for why they should be awarded a portion of this year’s Public Purpose Fund (PPF), a $150,000 pot set aside by the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC) to support local nonprofits.
President of the Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Judy Berdy making her presentation last year
Applicants that include the local PTA, Life Frames, IDig2learn, Island Kids, the Roosevelt Island Disabled Association, Carter Burden Network, Roosevelt Island Historical Society, Main Street Theatre & Dance Alliance, Roosevelt Island Visual Arts Association and the Wildlife Freedom Foundation will be given ten minutes each to make their presentations. After that, the PPF Committee will have 10-minutes to question the applicant, followed by another 10-minute period for public questions.
The RIRA Public Purpose Funds Committee will make recommendations to RIOC for how to distribute the funds among the applicants. RIRA, which isn’t allowed to apply for the funding itself, is tasked with balancing the community benefit of each PPF applicant with the funding available and making recommendations to RIOC. RIOC is not bound, however, to honor those recommendations. Final decisions by RIOC are expected at the December 13 board meeting.