The Navajo Community Benefit Fund

Investing in communities to create a stronger future for coming generations


NTEC understands that community projects are essential to building better and stronger communities. Since the Community Benefit Fund was launched in 2016, it has supported dozens of community projects, awarding more than $1.8 million for dozens of projects that help Navajo people.

The Community Benefit Fund is another way NTEC keeps an eye on the future to ensure that emerging social, economic, and environmental needs are addressed in a self-sustaining manner.

Each year, NTEC opens the application period with an informative workshop. The workshop helps applicants understand the goals of the Fund and how to apply.

We will be posting our schedule for the 2024 Navajo CBF Workshops soon!


The applicant must meet one of the following criteria:
  • 501(c)(3) non-profit organization tax-exempt letter
  •  Educational entity
  • Navajo Nation Chapter with an existing operational budget
  • All project selection and awards are made at the discretion of NTEC.  Application submission will not in any way create a right, entitlement, or contract to any program submitting a project proposal.

    All eligible entities and organizations may submit only one project application per funding year.

    Applicants must meet NTEC Community Benefit Fund guidelines for determination and award. All funding must be used in the calendar year it is awarded.

    How to Apply

    All funding requests are made through a formal application. The application and supporting documents must be submitted electronically, mailed or hand delivered to NTEC’s Farmington office. School programs must provide documentation of project approval from the school administration. Navajo Nation Chapter applications must include a chapter resolution supporting the request of funds for the selected project.

    Activities Not Eligible

    The following are not considered for funding:

    • Applications from political organizations and/or campaigns of elected officials
    • Applications from religious organizations for religious purposes
    • Applications from government agencies for projects that do not directly benefit the community
    • Applications from groups or affiliates to fund lawsuits or operational expenses
    • Recurring expenses caused by shortfalls in government funding
    • Travel costs/ travel-related expenses including but not limited to: air fare, bus tickets, meals, accommodation, mileage and car rentals, entertainment costs

    • Requests that benefit an individual or small group of individuals
    • Organization operating/administrative cost such as salary, stipends, wages or consultant fees, office and maintenance fees
    • Incomplete or late applications

    Contact Us.

    For more information please email Kay Nave-Mark at