Montana State Elks Association — State Major Project
Aid to Rural Volunteer Fire Departments
The Montana State Elks Association State Major Project is funded through the generous support of Elks Members statewide by donating a portion of their State Per Capita fee, in addition to local Lodge fundraisers. The mission of the MSEA State Major Project, is to help Montana’s 8,000 Volunteer Firefighters do their job more safely and efficiently.
Most departments depend on donations raised through community activities. They rarely receive funding from taxes and if they do, the tax base is too small to adequately equip and train them for all situations.
Montana Volunteer Fire Departments make up 83.6% of all Montana departments, 13.2% higher than the national average.
There were two on-duty firefighter deaths in 2021.
The purpose of the MSEA State Major Project is to provide monetary assistance for the purchase of equipment and training to better serve the community. Grant money is intended to improve safety and efficiency for Rural Volunteer Firefighters by providing funding for “necessary” equipment and training.