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Deadline: September 30, 2016

Navajo Transitional Energy Company: Community Benefit Fund

Navajo Transitional Energy Company’s (NTEC’s) Community Benefit Fund seeks to create sustainable, long-term value for the communities in which NTEC operates (communities within the Navajo Nation and San Juan County in New Mexico) and to ensure lasting social, environmental, and economic benefit.

The Community Benefit Fund is focused on the following categories:

  • Education and youth development: To provide scholastic and skill building opportunities and resources through youth development programs that enhance personal growth and positively contribute to communities and society.
  • Environment: To promote, conserve, and protect natural resources and related infrastructure for the benefit of future uses.
  • Economic development: To 1) promote job creation and growth through unique techniques and innovative solutions; 2) improve social service areas that improve communities; 3) promote areas of entrepreneurship along with ideas that directly impact economic development, such as promoting small business; 4) promote efforts that develop and utilize a skilled competitive workforce and that could impact employment issues; and 5) promote efforts that promote workforce development.
  • Energy sustainability and conservation: To 1) promote renewable and sustainable projects in areas such as solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, and water; 2) support and promote energy-saving home techniques, including buildings and other facilities; and 3) promote overall sustainable energy efforts, such as energy conservation and energy efficiency.

In general, local community projects that have local community support and provide long-term sustainable benefits and are directed at solving local problems in a sustainable way are preferred (as opposed to those providing short-term relief from community hardships or creating long-term dependency on the grant). Projects must demonstrate that they will eventually become self-sustaining or will continue to provide benefits to the community after the project is completed.

Amount: A total of $200,000 is available. Specific grant ranges are not provided.

Eligibility: The applicant must meet either of the following guidelines:

  • 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with an IRS tax-exempt letter
  • Approved education or community based entity with an existing operational budget

Link: http://www.navajo-tec.com/nteccbf

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