About Community Connection

Grant Application
How to Apply for a Grant
Grant Recipients

Community Connection is a special fund created to benefit communities in the Butler Rural Electric Cooperative area, including portions of Butler, Montgomery, Preble and Hamilton counties. The purpose of the program is to accumulate and disburse funds for charitable purposes that will benefit a significant segment of the community.

Where do Community Connection funds come from?

The funds come from cooperative members who voluntarily participate in either a "roundup" program or who donate a specific dollar amount each month. In the roundup method, members allow their monthly electric bills to be rounded to the next highest dollar. That extra change is allocated to the Community Connection fund.

Who is eligible to apply for Community Connection funds?

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

How does an organization apply for funding?

The Community Connection grant process has been temporarily changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Community Connection board of trustees are currently choosing organizations to receive donations to assist with COVID-19 relief. Organizations receiving COVID-19 relief funds include fire departments, EMS, schools and organizations assisting with food and shelter. This page will be updated when the normal grant cycle resumes. Community Connection applications will be available at that time.

Questions about Community Connection can be directed to:

Lisa Staggs Herrmann, Director of Member and Community Relations