Ross Fund Announces Community Project Grants


BINGHAMTON -- The Binghamton University Community Compost Initiative and The Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack program have been chosen for this year’s round of funding from the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund.

Since its inception, the Ross Fund has provided money for creative and innovative cooperative efforts between the University and local non-profit organizations to enhance the quality of life in Greater Binghamton. This year, 14 applications for funding were received and after review by a panel of University and community representatives, two projects will receive a total of $5,500.

The University Community Compost Initiative is collaboration between Binghamton University and Sodexo Dining Services. The grant totaling $4,000 will be used to expand this program and to support the composting needs for the City of Binghamton’s Urban Farming project. This joint effort provides an educational opportunity by teaching sustainable waste recycling practices through the creation of four student internships.  It also provides Binghamton University students with real world opportunities for learning and leadership, as well as being able to provide a value to the City of Binghamton through the Urban Farming Project.

A second project links the Food Bank of the Southern Tier and the Binghamton University Geography Department.  An award of $1,500 will be given to support the Food Bank’s BackPack Program, which works to fill the gap left on weekends and holidays when children cannot access meal programs. The Binghamton University Geography Department will continue to support the Food Bank by providing assistance in the mapping, analysis, and visualization of areas where children are most vulnerable to hunger.  Additionally, individuals from the University will be invited to participate in a volunteer repack activity, where bulk food is repacked into bags to be distributed to program participants.

Applications for funding are reviewed annually and must include a University partner and a community partner. For more information, visit, call 607-777-6927 or email



Last Updated: 9/17/13