NTEC Grants $250,000 to Charitable Programs that Support the Navajo Nation

FARMINGTON, N.M. — Navajo Transitional Energy Company (NTEC) is proud to announce the 2024 Community Benefit Fund (CBF) Award Winners. Non-profit organizations that provide services to the Navajo community were granted between $2,500 and $20,000 each, for a total of $250,000, for projects planned in 2024. Projects range from providing youth programs, to building a cemetery for veterans, to repairs and weatherizing of Navajo homes. NTEC will celebrate the winners with a luncheon at San Juan Country Club on Thursday, December 7, 2023. Recipients will receive their check and recognition for their service to the community at the event.

NTEC established the Community Benefit Fund in 2015 to support programs and services for the Navajo community. With the 2024 grant recipients, NTEC has awarded more than $2M in microgrants to date. NTEC donates $250,000 each year to non-profits for projects on the Navajo Nation that may not have been funded otherwise. Past recipients have used funds to build playgrounds, buy clothes for children, and fight addiction. This is the first year that NTEC has included non-certified chapters to also apply for funding. Many great organizations applied and thirty-two were selected.

“We congratulate all our 2024 CBF recipients! Since 2015, the Community Benefit Fund has provided additional funding for local projects that benefit the Navajo people. This money goes directly to the community to support programs for children, elders, the environment, health, and wellness,” said Kay Nave-Mark, NTEC Community Relations Supervisor and CBF Project Manager.

“NTEC is committed to the economic, financial, social, and cultural well-being of the Navajo Nation. The Community Benefit Fund illustrates this commitment by enabling projects that make a real tangible difference in the day-to-day lives of Navajo people,” added Vern Lund, Chief Executive Officer for NTEC. “We are proud of the work these organizations are doing to support the Navajo community and are thrilled to announce our 2024 winners.”

2024 Community Benefit Fund Grant Recipients:
4Corners K-9 Search and Rescue
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Blue Gap/Tachee Chapter
Boys & Girls Club of Farmington
Chinle Chapter Government
Cornfields Chapter
Don’t Meth With Us Foundation, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity Tres Rios
Houck Chapter
Houck Veterans Organization
IGW Children’s Hope Foundation, Inc.
Kirtland Youth Association
Kiwanis Club of Farmington
LeChee Chapter
Many Farms Chapter
National Indian Youth Leadership Project
Native Renewables Inc.
Navajo United Way Inc.
Nazlini Chapter Government
Nenahnezad Chapter
Northwest New Mexico Arts Council
Red Feather Development Foundation
Rock Springs Chapter
Round Rock Chapter
Seeds of Harmony, Inc.
Sexual Assault Services of Northwest New Mexico (SAS)
Tohatchi Area of Opportunity Services, Inc
Tonaneesdizi Local Government
Tsidi To’ii Chapter
Upper Fruitland Chapter
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9517
Yee Ha’όlnii Doo

About NTEC
NTEC is an autonomous single-member limited liability company, organized under the laws of the Navajo Nation, which owns mines in Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming. NTEC’s mission is to be a reliable, safe producer of coal, while diversifying the Navajo Nation’s energy resources to create economic sustainability for the Nation and the Navajo people. NTEC’s sole shareholder is the Navajo Nation.

NTEC is a leader in safety and reclamation and was recognized with the Sentinels of Safety award from the National Mining Association, the Safety Award for Large Surface Mine from the Rocky Mountain Coal Institute, and the National Award for Excellence in Surface Mining Reclamation from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement in 2022. For more information about NTEC, visit www.navenergy.com.

Media Contact:
Lauren Burgess