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
|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|
|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|