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Xcel granting money to nonprofit groups

The Xcel Energy Foundation is granting $211,000 to 29 nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico, according to a release from Xcel Energy.

The grants are being made through the Education and Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns and cities served by Xcel Energy.

The Foundation’s Education and Environment focus areas are two of four annual grant cycles in which area nonprofits can participate. The other cycles are Economic Sustainability and Arts & Culture. The Foundation also matches United Way contributions dollar for dollar and matches employee gifts to non-profit agencies dollar for dollar, said Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company.

Local groups receiving funding include Eastern New Mexico University’s main campus in Portales and branch campus in Roswell, and Mesalands Community College in Tucumcari.

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