ACF News


We are so excited to be recognized by this national award for our Anaconda's Melting Pot Cookbook





Anaconda Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2024 Spring Grant Recipients:


$500 to Copper Village Museum and Art Center for their summer 'Art Camp' to be used toward scholarships for children whose families cannot affort the $100 tuition cost,
$1000 to Project Care for Food Bank Support,
$1000 to Pintler Pets for a Spay/Neuter Clinic to be held in September,
$1500 to Anaconda Community Involvement, Inc. for Camp H2o,
$1500 to Discover Anaconda/Anaconda Main Street for 'Bike Anaconda Day' on Sept. 5th,
$1200 to Anaconda Ensemble Theatre for 3rd Season Support,

The ACF board is also a 'Spotlight Sponsor' for the 2024 Anaconda Community Market,

Sponsor of the music for the Art Walk held in conjunction with Smeltermens Day weekend of events on August 9.

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2024 Spring Grant Round 

Thanks to many generous donors, Anaconda Community Foundation is announcing its Spring Grant Round is open on May 1st and applications are being accepted until May 13th, 4:00pm.  Over $310,000 has been awarded to Anaconda nonprofits since 2007 to build a stronger and in the future. If you are a 501c3 at work in the Anaconda area, your project requests will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and reviewed by the ACF Board for approval.   The application is available on the foundation  website at:  or call Lydia Janosko for more information at 406.563.5259.

Applicants must be tax-exempt, non-profit organizations as defined under Section 501c(3), public agencies or a unit of government.  Applications for projects of most interest to the Anaconda Community Foundation include those that benefit the most people within Anaconda/Deer Lodge County as possible, meet critical community needs and/or  requests for on-going operating expenses, with matching grants for endowment purposes.  Awards usually range between $250 - $1,500.

Items not eligible for Anaconda Community Foundation funding:  grants to individuals, testimonial dinners, grants to political organizations or purposes, religious organizations, requests that are discriminatory, or which pose an unacceptable conflict of interest to the community. 

It will also be a requirement that award recipients present activities briefly at a scheduled ACF Board Meeting. 



The ACF board of directors were honored with presentations from; Anaconda Community Involvement [ACI] for Anaconda Leadership Academy [ALA], and Discovery House. These two amazing organizations were ACF's 2023 fall grant award winners, along with Anaconda Ensemble Theatre and Simulation in Motion. It really is wonderful to hear how we are impacting our community.

Members of the ACF board are joined by Anne Calhoun, Zoe Hoscheid, Ada Calhoun and Tina Masters.


We would like to give a big thank you to Clearwater Montana Properties! The local agents; Amy, Hannah, Katie and Riley have given a portion of each commission to a non-profit organization in the community in which it was earned. Their motto is We live here, we give here. This year they donated $1,818.14 to: Smelter City Recreation Complex, Rotary Club of Anaconda and the Anaconda Community Foundation. ACF is very grateful for your charitable donation.


Check out the latest from the Old Works Golf Course WMC - Pro-AM Charity Donation! Pictured below is Daryl Dodd, Vice-Chair of ACF and Andrew Elaimy from the OWGC. We are grateful for the generous donation. We feel blessed to have the Old Works Golf Course in our community and appreciate their investment in our shared vision for Anaconda. Check them out at 



Have you heard that the Anaconda's Melting Pot Cookbook was selected to be featured at the Montana Book Festival?


Listen to the response from the authors, Mary Pat and Wini, as to why the book was created.


Find us at the Anaconda Community Market! Thursday evenings from 4-7, beginning July 11-Sept 5.




Lydia is pictured above with; Craig Sweet, Director of the Anaconda Family Resource Center,
and Dave Fenchak, representing Toys for Tots, 2023 spring grant award recipients.

ACF 2023 Spring Grant Award Winners Announced

The Anaconda Community Foundation recently awarded $5,000 in grants to local organizations and programs.  The money will be used throughout Anaconda to support Anaconda's youth, the vulnerable elderly, as well as the underprivileged in our community.  "The ACF Awards Committee and the ACF Board of Directors were very pleased with the quality of the grant applications and enthused about helping fund projects that will  make a difference in Anaconda," foundation director Lydia Janosko said.

Receiving $1,000 each:  Discovery House and Project Care for Anaconda Food Bank.  Yes - Youth Empowerment Services received $1,500.00, Toys for Tots $300.00 and Anaconda Family Resource Center $1200.00.

The ACF is grateful for the generosity of this community which allows for these grants to be awarded to Anaconda's hard working non-profits."  The mission of the Anaconda Community Foundation is to build a permanent financial legacy for Anaconda through the generosity of its citizens and friends in order to develop and maintain a thriving community forever. For more information contact Lydia Janosko at 406.563.5259 or



Big News!  Lydia Janosko becomes Executive Director for ACF

Following an interview process, Lydia Janosko was selected to serve as the new Executive Director of the Anaconda Community Foundation beginning March 1st.  Lydia has worked as a volunteer and as a contracted bookkeeper for the foundation since it began in 2007.  In her new position as Executive Director, Lydia will be able to continue and expand on the vision of ACF and continue to make our community the best it can be.    Outgoing leadership, Mike and Gloria O'Rourke, are thrilled to have Lydia in this position as she is knowledgeable and passionate about Anaconda as well as the work of the foundation.



Visit the ACF Youtube Channel and enjoy a virtual tour of some of Anaconda businesses!  This was done in partnership with Discover Anaconda to provide a stronger virtual presence for Anaconda.


Check out the fun Anaconda's Got Talent Video - a Lesson on Giving Back!



Thank you, Anaconda, for supporting our hard working nonprofits!