Published August 30, 2019
FARMINGTON, N.M. — Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC), a wholly-owned Navajo tribal entity, has opened the application period for the Community Benefit Fund (CBF). The CBF is a fund that helps communities with grants for small to medium scale community projects sponsored by Navajo Nation Chapters and nonprofit organizations.
The application period opened last week on August 20 with a CBF workshop held in Chinle, followed by two more in Farmington and Tuba City. The total amount available for funding is $250,000, an increase from $200,000 last year. The closing date for applications is October 25.
“We recognize there are many projects that improve the quality of life for many people through the Four Corners and Navajo Nation. Our goal for the fund is to demonstrate NTEC’s commitment to invest in Navajo communities help as many projects as we can,” said Clark Moseley, NTEC CEO.
Last year, 33 projects were awarded a portion of the CBF. Projects ranged from solar parking lot lighting to funding for a food bank.
“We had more than 50 applicants last year and we award funding to projects based on a number of criteria. We look at the overall scope of the project, how many people will be benefiting from the project, and other aspects to the projects,” said Steve Grey, NTEC Governmental and External Affairs Director.
Cortasha Upshaw, NTEC Community Coordinator, hosted the CBF Workshops and was impressed with the turnout from both nonprofit entities and Navajo chapters who participated and were engaged.
“We want to emphasize that this fund is eligible to nonprofits and Navajo chapters. We have many nonprofits that deliver their services to Navajos who live off the Navajo Nation. Our CBF is intended to help organizations that are helping people increase their quality of life,” Upshaw said.
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