Thank you to those who contribute to Community Connection!

Your donations have funded over $1.4 million in grants to improve our community!


Butler Rural Community Connection provides grants to local non-profit groups and organizations in portions of Butler, Montgomery, Preble and Hamilton counties.

Funds for the program come from cooperative members and employees who voluntarily contribute to Community Connection each month. Some members choose to allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded to the next dollar amount, and the extra change is allocated to Community Connection. Other members and employees choose to donate a specific amount each month, or give a one-time donation.

Learn more about Community Connection below.

Any non-profit group or organization located within Butler Rural Electric Cooperative's service territory is eligible to apply. Those who cannot apply for grants include political candidates and political parties. Organizations or groups who intend to use the grant money to pay their utility bills are not eligible to apply.

The maximum grant amount is $5,000. However, no request is too small. You may have additional pages with the application. Please do not exceed five pages. Please provide six copies of the application and any supporting material (up to five pages total).

  • Include a list of the itemized costs for the project. A portion of the amount requested may be awarded if the Community Connection board of trustees choose not to fund the entire grant.
  • If you are requesting a specific type of equipment, include a picture or description of the item. Many groups include advertisements from vendors that list the price and description of the item they need. This will not commit you to a specific vendor.
  • Grants for Apple devices must be purchased by your organization or grant recipient. Butler Rural Community Connection will directly reimburse your organization or the purchaser.
  • The Community Connection board of trustees reviews all applications.
  • Funds are awarded in September and March of each year. The meeting date is posted on the cooperative's website as soon as it is decided. You will be contacted by letter after the meeting. The grant winners are also posted on the cooperative's website.

The next Community Connection application deadline is February 28, 2023. The Community Connection Board of Trustees will meet March 15 to award spring grants.

Please use one of the applications below to submit grant requests.

Click here for a Community Connection application for fire departments and emergency management services.

Click here for a Community Connection application for non-profit organizations.

Click here for a Community Connection application for schools.

Five Butler Rural Electric Cooperative members serve on the Community Connection board of trustees. Each board member lives in different areas of the cooperative’s service territory and has diverse backgrounds and experiences. These members volunteer their time to serve on the Community Connection board and have a drive to do something positive for the community. They review hundreds of grant applications each year.

From left is Tom Laming, Janet Jewell, John Hofmann, Monica Neeley, and Don Kidd.

The Butler Rural Community Connection Board of Trustees met on September 14, 2022 and awarded $34,656 in grants to the following organizations and groups.

Community Connection grant recipients from September 14, 2022

Organization Grant Purpose Award
Animal Friends Humane Society Medical equipment $1,250
Badin High School Dog kennel tarp and supplies $1,150
Butler County Soil and Water Conservation District Water quality sampling device $1,050
Camden Comeback Sound system $700
College Corner Union School Fall Festival game rentals $700
Crosby Elementary  The Kindness Cart $308
Crosby Elementary  Reading materials $600
Crosby Elementary  Art club supplies $250
Crosby Township Senior Citizens Club Folding chairs $600
Edgewood Primary School Keys to Reading project materials $640
Friends of Preble County Park District Nature preserve $1,400
Gratis EMS iPad $480
Harrison High School Snacks for Hope Squad room $500
Home Is The Foundation Senior citizen home repair $2,850
Kramer Elementary Chess Program Chess program supplies $720
Kramer PTG R.A.H. Program Reading rewards $350
Madison Jr/Sr High School Special education class materials $815
Madison Middle School STEM through rocketry project $600
Madison Township Fire Department Carbon monoxide detector $606
Open Hands Food Pantry Electrician help $2,200
PARACHUTE: Butler County CASA Volunteer training $1,500
Pathway to Hope Pregnancy Care Center Baby supplies and birth certificates $500
Power to the People Utility assistance $1,500
Preble County Historical Society AED and security safe $821
Preble Shawnee Elementary Coffee cart project supplies $362
Ross High School FCCLA Veterans Day assembly and events $1,000
Ross High School FCCLA Serve City meals for homeless shelter $1,000
Ross Intermediate School Music learning equipment $450
Ross Rambotics Robot materials $800
Ross Schools Choral Association Fundraiser prizes $800
Southwest Ohio Family Farm Safety Marketing materials $500
Talawanda High School FCCLA Senior events $750
Talawanda High School FCCLA Veteran and first responders honor wall $850
Talawanda High School FCCLA Veterans Day assembly and events $850
Talawanda High School FCCLA FCCLA middle school chapter $550
Talawanda High School Parent Initiative Team After Prom venue and supplies $753
Talawanda Middle School Fishing Club Fishing equipment $880
Talawanda School District Multicultural night materials $900
The Coleraine Historical Society AED $821
Wayne Township Fire Department Rope rescue equipment $1,300
Community Connection Donation Form

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You will not be making a donation now, the chosen amount will be added to your electric bill.

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