FARMINGTON, N.M. –Navajo Transitional Energy Company opened the application period for the Community Benefit Fund (CBF) on Monday, August 27, 2018. The fund is designed to help community projects.
“We are proud to open the application period for our Community Benefit Fund. We want to help quality projects that will benefit the Navajo people and communities,” said Steve Grey, government and external affairs director for NTEC.
The CBF distributes $200,000 annually to different community projects sponsored by non-profit organizations and Navajo chapters. In 2017, NTEC, through the CBF, funded 33 projects.
“We were really happy with the numbers of applications we received last year, and we are looking forward to seeing what exciting projects organizations and chapters submit this year,” said Melissa Kelly, NTEC’s community affairs coordinator.
Projects funded last year included a nature trail in Ts’ah Bii Kin Chapter, phase 2 of a tire recycling project by Cornfields Chapter, a solar unit project in Cameron Chapter, all in Arizona. Locally, Nenahnezad Chapter received funding to purchase a new playground system, while ECHO Food Bank received funding to continue stocking their food pantry which helps families in need.
“We do our best to keep in mind the projects funded will directly invest into our Navajo community. There is need out across the Navajo Nation, but also here close to our Navajo Mine operations,” Grey said.
NTEC hosted a CBF workshop at San Juan College on August 24 and explained the application process. About 60 people attended the workshop.
“The workshop was very informative,” said Tom Riggenbach, Navajo YES director. “We have been funded before and this helps our projects.”
All applications need to be turned into the NTEC office by October 26 at 4 p.m. Only electronic mail and hand delivered applications will be received.
“We welcome questions during the application period, so anyone interested can reach out to us,” Kelly said.
More information about the CBF can be found at www.navajo-tec.com/CBF.