Ross Fund awards $10,000 for community projects


Ecological investigations at the Binghamton University Nature Preserve and the establishment of a Story Garden at the Discovery Center of the Southern Tier 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, eight 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 Binghamton City School District and Binghamton University Environmental Studies Program to support ecological investigations in the University’s Nature Preserve.  The grant, totaling $6,200, will provide 7th grade students in the Binghamton City School District with hands-on experience in the Nature Preserve and give Binghamton University Environmental Studies students the opportunity to work in environmental education.

A second project links the Junior League of Binghamton and the Binghamton University School of Education and Human Development.  An award of $3,800 will be given to a project titled “The Story Garden at Discovery Center of the Southern Tier. “ This grant will be used to develop a literary based children's interactive garden located at the Discovery Center.  The Story Garden will reflect children's story themes through 12 vignettes and serve as a site to promote literacy in Greater Binghamton.  The Story Garden will also serve as an off-campus site for Binghamton University students to pursue field experience including research, observations and developing interactive learning opportunities for young children.

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

Last Updated: 9/17/13