Roundup for Safety Grants Light Up Local Playground, Help Keep Volunteer Firefighters Safe

A $5,100 grant awarded to the Bigfork School District will benefit local elementary school children with the installation of new lighting on the school playground. In applying for the grant, elementary Principal Brenda Clarke said, “it is very dark on the playground in the mornings and lighting will make it much safer, and less scary, for our children.”

At the December 9th meeting, Flathead Electric Cooperative’s Roundup for Safety Board also awarded grants to:

  • Flathead Spay and Neuter Task Force – AED
  • Whitefish Library Association – safety cameras
  • Libby Volunteer Fire Department – turnout gear
  • Swan Lake Chamber and Community Club – flashing traffic sign
  • Stillwater Christian School – AEDs
  • Fisher River Valley Fire Service Area – FLIR thermal imaging camera, gas detector meter

In all, the Roundup for Safety Board evaluated 7 grant requests and approved $35,198 in safety funds at the December meeting.

In 2021, the Roundup for Safety Board distributed $169,072 in total safety funds, through November 30.

Roundup for Safety is a voluntary program for Flathead Electric Cooperative members who allow their electric bills to be rounded up to the next dollar, with the extra money going into a fund for community safety projects proposed by nonprofit organizations. The Co-op is grateful to all who enhance the safety of our community. Typically, participating in the Roundup program costs a member about $6 per year. Funds are available and applications are being accepted for 2022. For additional information about the program, call Courtney Stone at 406-751-1820 or visit