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FARMINGTON — The Navajo Agricultural Products Industry is launching a program to help fund community projects on the Navajo Nation.

The Navajo Pride Benefit Fund was developed to provide financial assistance to eligible nonprofit and education or community-based organizations that support and promote the vision and mission of continuing the legacy of farming, stewardship and creating value for Navajo people.

The NAPI board of directors established the fund through a resolution they passed on July 24. Information about its development and call for applications was released Tuesday by the tribal enterprise.

The fund's objective is "to create sustainable, long term value for Navajo Nation communities and to ensure lasting social, environmental and economic benefits," the NAPI press release states.

Funding will be distributed based on several categories, and monetary awards can be up to $5,000.

Categories cover topics such as education; youth, senior and veteran development; environment; community development or economic development; agriculture, farming, livestock; health and wellness, and energy, sustainable and renewable projects.

The fund's committee will have a workshop about the fund and its guidelines for community organizations from 10 a.m. to noon on Aug. 31.

The workshop will take place at the NAPI Farm Scales, located six miles south of Farmington on the frontage road for N.M. Highway 371.

The deadline for applications is Sept. 28. Awards will be issued by Nov. 1, according to the release.

For more information about the Navajo Pride Benefit Fund, contact NAPI at 505-566-2600 or online under the "community" tab on the NAPI website, navajopride.com.

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

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