The group behind the annual Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival will award money to Butler County non-profits.
The Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association is currently accepting online application from groups who wish to apply for a financial gift from the organization. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
“The Association’s Board of Directors feels very strongly about giving back to our community,” said Todd Wagner, FBJA president. “It’s been amazing to see all of the great things local non-profits have been doing in Butler County over the last few years. They work extremely hard to make a difference, and FBJA has been very fortunate to have the means to help them with their organization’s projects.”
Application Requirements and How To Apply:
- Butler County 501c3 non-profit organizations must apply online. The online application, available at http://www.bantamjeepfestival.com/financial-gift-application, must be received no later than September 30th at 5 p.m.
- In the application, organizations must explain in 500 words or less how they benefit the community and how any potential funds received will be used.
- Applicants must provide proof of non-profit 501c3 status.
- After gifts are awarded, the recipients will be expected to provide an update on their projects’ progress and/or completion and provide photos to demonstrate the gifts’ impact on their organization.
“Applications received from Butler County 501c3’s will be assessed by the Association’s Board of Directors,” Wagner said. “Gifts will be distributed based on need and how the gift benefits the community. Last year, our gifts ranged from $500 to $2,200. The Association will be awarding a gift of $2,500 on behalf of Omix-ADA, a premier Festival sponsor who raised funds by selling select merchandise at the 2019 event.”
The program has awarded more than $75,000 to local nonprofits since the program began four years ago.
The Friends of the Bantam Jeep Association was formed in October 2015. It is comprised of more than 50 volunteers who work together to plan and execute the successful Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival which attracts more than 2,500 Jeeps to Butler County each June to celebrate Butler’s notoriety as the birthplace of the Jeep.