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Stand Like Stone grants to support community-led projects

New kitchen: The Joanna Community Hall is just one of the local projects which have received funding through the Stand Like Stone Foundation grants. Picture: Supplied
New kitchen: The Joanna Community Hall is just one of the local projects which have received funding through the Stand Like Stone Foundation grants. Picture: Supplied

Driver training and a community hall kitchen upgrade are among the local projects to receive funding through a community awards program.

The Stand Like Stone Foundation allotted over $45,000 in grants to 14 community-led projects that will help support people across the Limestone Coast.

The Australian Red Cross received $10,000 to trial its Driver Mentor Program in the upper South East. The money will help expand the Mt Gambier program to Naracoorte, and provide learner drivers with access to a qualified supervisory driver and suitable vehicle to complete their driving hours.

The Joanna Community Hall was given $1,630 to help upgrade its kitchen facilities, which will benefit social and community events in the area.

A grant of $3,450 went to Penola Festival Association for its Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival 2022. The money will help engage parents' clubs of six local primary schools and kindies to facilitate the Families Program activities during the festival.

Finally, the Frances Progress Association received $2,710 to support the planning and design stage of the new Frances Recreation Reserve development, which includes a BMX track, native landscaping, interpretive nature play spaces, and walking/bike trails.

Anne Kerr, CEO of Stand Like Stone Foundation, said donations to the foundation were invested to earn income to be given back to the community through the grants.

"The beauty of a donation to Stand Like Stone is that 100 per cent stays local and supports this region forever," Mrs Kerr said.

"We're delighted to once again be able to support so many important projects for the Limestone Coast."