Binghamton University has announced that applications are now open for the 2024 grant cycle of the Stephen David Ross University and Community Projects Fund.

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Established by distinguished research professor emeritus, Stephen David Ross, the fund aims to foster a collaborative partnership between the university and the local community. The ultimate goal is to make a significant and positive difference in the quality of life within the community.

Recent grants from the Ross Fund have been awarded to a variety of organizations and projects. The Roberson Museum and Science Center, along with the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership, received a grant to promote language growth through science using Visual Thinking Strategies for English learners. Another grant was given to the Broome County Council of Churches, the Food Justice Working Group, and the Center for Civic Engagement. This initiative evaluates community needs and brings innovative programming to support those who face food insecurity in Broome County.

The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier and the Multicultural Resource Center also received a grant to expose and enrich children and families within the community to Binghamton University. This opportunity allows them to experience the rich composition of students and their diverse cultures. Additionally, the Reproductive Justice Project, in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton and the Theatre Department, obtained a grant to create a theatrical performance aimed at generating awareness and destigmatizing women's reproductive rights.

For the 2024 grant cycle, Binghamton University plans to allocate approximately $28,300 to support initiatives carried out through collaborations between local nonprofit organizations and university partners. Individual grants will range from $1,000 to $28,300, and the fund will become available starting July 1.

If you are interested, you should submit your application before the deadline on Friday, March 29. Detailed guidelines and further information can be found here. For any additional questions, please reach out to Sara Hall, the senior assistant director at the Center for Civic Engagement, via email at

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