Butler has received grants for multimedia performances pieces from:
--1988 The Rockefellor Foundation and NEA through Hallwalls Contemporary Art center for "D+D= GOD"
--2004 The NEA, and Andy Warhol Foundations through the CEPA Gallery for "Continents Under Pressure" Which later became a week long residency with students at Niagara County Community College
-- 2013 and 2014 he received grants toward his original performances of "Grain Dances, Steel Floats" (Combining traditional theater, and dance into a site specific piece about Buffalo's immigrant history) from the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp administered by ASI.
Outstanding Set Design - She Stoops to Conquer - Irish Classical
Outstanding Set Design - Last Days of Juduas Iscariot - RLTP