Tribal enterprise distributes $200,000 each year


FARMINGTON — The Navajo Transitional Energy Company is accepting applications for its annual Community Benefit Fund.

The fund is designed to help projects sponsored by nonprofit organizations, chapters on the Navajo Nation, and approved education or community-based entities with an existing operational budget.

Each year, the tribal enterprise distributes $200,000 to support projects that focus on education and youth development, economic development, energy sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Steve Grey, governmental and external affairs director for NTEC, said in a press release the company is glad to start the application process and to help quality projects that benefit the Navajo people and communities.

A workshop about the fund and process to apply was held on Aug. 24 at San Juan College, and the application process opened on Aug. 27, the release states.

Applications are due at 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 and can be emailed to Melissa Kelly, community affairs coordinator for NTEC, at or delivered in person to 4801 N. Butler Ave., Building 2000 in Farmington.

Information about the fund can be found at

NTEC received 56 applications last year and named 33 recipients in December.

Projects that received funding ranged from the purchase of new playground equipment for the Nenahnezad Chapter to helping the food distribution program at ECHO Inc. in Farmington.

"We were really happy with the number of applications we received last year, and we are looking forward to seeing what exciting projects organizations and chapters submit this year," Kelly said in the release.

Noel Lyn Smith covers the Navajo Nation for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4636 or by email at

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