Ross Fund awards $10,000 for community projects


      An initiative to retain more Binghamton University graduates in the greater Binghamton region and a program to safely exchange and dispose of used syringes 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 $10,000.

     Projects to be funded include a partnership between the student-run economic think tank, Catalysts for Intellectual Capital 2020 (CIC2020) at Binghamton University, and the Southern Tier Opportunities Coalition (STOC).  The grant, totaling $5,000, will enable CIC2020 and STOC to expand the CIC Leadership Initiative.  The initiative will facilitate discussion between Binghamton University students and community members on topics such as economic progress and the enhancement of University/community investment in human capital development.  The initiative will also work towards educating students about opportunities in the Greater Binghamton area and developing ways to expand career opportunities to retain Binghamton University students following graduation.

      A second project links the Southern Tier AIDS Program, Inc. and the Binghamton University Master of Public Administration Program.  An award of $5,000 will be given to implement a Syringe Exchange Program (SEP) in Broome County.  This project will involve the University, STAP, community service providers, law enforcement and local legislators, who will provide counsel and support.  SEP acts as a disposal site for used syringes, reducing the number found in parks, playgrounds and public waste.  SEP also reduces the rates of HIV and Hepatitis C transmission.

     Applications for funding are reviewed annually and must include a University partner and a community partner. For more information, see To receive an application, call 607-777-2011 or email

Last Updated: 9/17/13