ALL GRANT APPLICATIONS must include a University partner and community partner, and must be signed by an authorized representative from each entity.

Examples of University partners include academic units, program units, administrative offices or faculty members. Individual students may apply only in conjunction with both a University and a community partner.

Grants are awarded based on the following priorities:

  • Promotion of collaboration and cooperation between University and community groups;
  • Innovative use of the talents and resources of project partners;
  • Demonstrated commitment to the use of existing funds or to obtaining matching funds;
  • Significant, enduring and positive difference in the quality of life in the community.

Special consideration is given to the initiation and development of new programs and
to organizations that provide matching funds.

All projects must benefit and enhance the greater Broome County area and contiguous New York counties.

Grants in the range of $5,000 to $13,500 are encouraged; however, smaller requests with unique promise will be entertained.

In 2016, the Ross Fund will award approximately $13,500 in grants to non-profit organizations in partnership with University units.

Grants to municipal or public agencies for specific projects are considered, provided such projects do not directly replace tax funds or other public funds.

Grant money may not be used for sectarian or political purposes, nor for operating support or deficit reduction.

Due to donor restrictions, no funds may be used for activities that include nuclear testing, the manufacture of defense products and equipment, cruelty to animals or the production and/or promotion of tobacco or alcoholic beverages.

A complete grant application with a current application form must be submitted on or before the grant deadline. For more information, please call Rebecca Hancock at  607-777-3360. Forms are available from the link at the left.

All applicants will be notified in writing of grant awards on or about June 1, 2017.

Last Updated: 3/22/17