FIFTEEN projects have received funding from the Gannawarra Community Resilience Grants Program.
Gannawarra Shire Mayor Lorraine Learmonth said the community groups would share more than $57,700 as part of the federal government's broader Drought Communities Program.
"Projects that successfully received funding will endeavour to keep the community connected, which is more important than ever during these unique times," Cr Learmonth said.
One third of the projects included the development or upgrade of community gardens - including at Cohuna Consolidated School.
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"At a time where good news is scarce, I am very much looking forward to sharing these positive news with students, staff and parents," the school's acting principal Valerie Lobry said.
"It will give us a positive project to focus on during this tumultuous year."
Health promotion was another theme of successful applicants, with support provided for Northern District Community Health, the Quambatook Community Resource Centre, and the Koondrook Fire Brigade.
Funding will also be provided for infrastructure improvements, including the fitting out of the Lions Club of Cohuna barbecue trailer, the Cohuna and District Leos' efforts to construct a shelter at the Cohuna Retirement Village, and Vivid's works to place shade sails at their Kerang venue.
"Council thanks all community groups and organisations that applied for funding at this time, and looks forward to seeing these projects come to fruition this year," Cr Learmonth said.
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