N3B officials, from left, seated, Glenn Morgan, Todd Nelson and Fraser Lockhart answer questions on funds the company plans to give to area nonprofits under its community contribution program. Photo by Maire O’Neill/losalamosreporter.com
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
N3B Los Alamos held the first of two community meetings Wednesday evening at Fuller Lodge designed to get the word about the legacy waste cleanup contractors community contribution program. A second meeting is planned for Espanola on a date yet to be announced.
As part of their wider community outreach effort, N3B established the program to provide $400,000 in financial support to Northern New Mexico nonprofit organizations. A third of that funding is being set aside for apprenticeship programs. The company plans to host a similar meeting in Espanola at a future date.
Funding requests may be submitted for the following areas:
- Education – 50 percent
- Health & Human Services – 20 percent
- Arts & Culture – 20 percent
- Civic & Economic Development – 10 percent
Glenn Morgan, N3B president and program manager, Frazer Lockhart, Regulatory and Stakeholder Interface Manager, Todd Nelson, Regulatory and Stakeholder Interface and other N3B officials were on hand to describe the program and explain what the nonprofit organizations would need to do to apply for funds. A somewhat unique feature of the application process is that a description of the specific purpose of the request must be submitted in 100 words or less.
Requests will be evaluated based, in part, on the following:
- Orientation toward STEM education
• Ability to address the needs of underserved populations
• Ability to serve the most people possible
• Sponsorship by organizations in which N3B employees and their families participate
• Demonstration of a genuine community need with limited options for alternate funding
• Ability to provide recognition for N3B, as well as its community partners and partnershipsOn occasion, N3B will consider requests from community organizations that fall outside the screening criteria if the projects reflect N3B’s mission, values and interests, and especially if they contribute to improved communitywide quality of life and promote economic development.
Full details on how to submit a request for funds and answers to other pertinent questions are available on N3B’s website – http://n3b-la.com.