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 August 30, 2023. The Community Connection Board of Trustees will meet September 13 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 March 15, 2023 and awarded $39,953 in grants to the following organizations and groups.

Community Connection grant recipients from March 15, 2023

Organization Grant Purpose Award
Amazing Grace Quilters Quilt supplies $400
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County Mentoring program $1,400
Bogan Elementary  Online learning program $1,000
Butler County Educational Service Center Safety supplies $1,500
Butler County Sheriff's Office Water rescue craft $1,100
Camden Comeback iPad $599
Camden/Somers Township Fire and Rescue Equipment $1,000
Collinsville Grange #2264 Patrons of Husbandry AED $900
Crosby Elementary STEAM project materials $250
Crosby Township Senior Citizens Club Programs and entertainment $600
Darrtown Memorial Day Association Memorial Day events $480
Edgewood Early Childhood Center Phonological awareness toolbox $875
First Baptist Church of Auburn Summer camp $325
Friends of Neighbors in Need Back pack program $1,375
Friends of Preble County Park District Trail head kiosk $600
Friends of White Water Shaker Village Window restoration project $260
Friends of White Water Shaker Village Battery-powered mower $750
Germantown Fire and EMS Equipment $1,000
H.O.P.E.-full Pastures Therapeutic Farm Equine program equipment  $400
Home Is The Foundation Senior home repairs $1,650
Kramer Elementary  Learning tools $700
Madison Middle School Rocket program $1,000
Marshall Elementary  Camp Read A Lot  $500
McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital Foundation Forensic cameras $1,250
Morgan Township Fire Department Rechargeable battery packs $1,000
National Inventors Hall of Fame Camp Invention $1,000
New Miami Fire Department Forcible entry tools $1,000
Play in the Park Field trip expenses $500
Power to the People Utility assistance $1,850
Preble County Historical Society  Venue lighting $300
Preble Shawnee High School Online learning program $800
Preble Shawnee Local Schools Online interactive program $249
Preble Shawnee Middle School Online interactive programs $220
Reily Township Fire and EMS AED $1,000
Ross Intermediate School Music instrument $400
Ross Local Schools Choral Association Show choir competition $800
Safe Haven Farms Therapeutic horse riding program $700
Southwest Ohio Family Farm Safety Publications $500
St. Clair Township Fire Department Tools $1,000
Talawanda High School FCCLA Farm to table project - Ag Day $500
Talawanda High School FFA Ag Day event $500
Talawanda Middle School Learning device $500
Talawanda Oxford Pantry and Social Services Summer harvest program $2,200
The Coleraine Historical Society Projector screen and stand $120
Trenton Fire Department Tools $1,000
Twin Valley Elementary  Art show equipment $700
Union County High School Parent After Prom Committee After prom $500
Village and Farm Garden Club Landscaping materials $400
Wayne Township Fire Department Body armor $1,000
West College Corner Volunteer Fire Department Festival games $1,000
Wild Hearts Zoological Society Safety equipment and chairs $300
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