Rose/Ross Fund announces community project grants


For Marilyn Gaddis Rose and Stephen David Ross, life is an adventure in giving. And in 1998, these two Binghamton University faculty members put their philosophy to work, establishing a $2.1 million endowment for a unique University and community projects fund. Since its inception, the fund, known as the Marilyn Gaddis Rose and Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund, has provided money for creative and innovative cooperative efforts between the University and local non-profit organizations.

This year, over 16 applications for funding were received and after review by a panel of University and community representatives, two projects will receive a total of $25,000 in awards.

Projects to be funded include the development and implementation of telehealth video conferencing technology, which partners the Institute for Child Development at Binghamton University with the UHS Binghamton Pediatric Center. The grant, totaling $17,000, will improve the delivery of medical and psychological services to provide for more equitable access to expert healthcare for children in underserved areas. An interactive video-conferencing system utilizing the Internet will be established and maintained at the Institute for Child Development and at the Binghamton Pediatric Center. Guest sites will be established in selected school district nurse’s offices, family residences and in a community clinic setting.

A second project to receive funding links the University’s School of Education and Human Development with the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. The grant, totaling $8,000, will fund a project aimed at providing expressive arts healing resources to community residents with special needs.

The project, titled “Healing Our City Through Expressive Arts” will provide open studio space at the Soul Open Gallery, located at 120 Washington Street, Binghamton, to target populations where participants can exercise their writing and artistic talents. Binghamton University students and faculty will provide mentoring and tutoring services. The project will also offer exhibition space for participants’ artwork. Additionally, the grant will fund a series of expressive arts performances and healing programs, which will be open to the general community.

“We are very proud of the work that the Marilyn Gaddis Rose and Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund accomplishes in the Southern Tier,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “This is a unique campus/community partnership which reflects Professors Ross and Rose's belief that the University and the community must work together to benefit our common social, cultural and physical environment. This year's awards, with their focus on health and healing, are particularly meaningful and the University is proud to be a partner in these projects.”

Applications for funding from the Marilyn Gaddis Rose and Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund are reviewed annually. To be considered for the next round of funding, applications must include a University partner and a community partner. Grant requests between $10,000 and $25,000 are encouraged though smaller requests will be entertained. For general information, see

Specific questions should be directed to Lee Nesslage, Grants Administrator, 607-777-4278 or via e-mail at

Last Updated: 9/17/13