Nearly £50,000 of funding has been signed off by the county council to boost local shopping parades and village centres across Surrey.
From Walton-on-Thames to Frimley and Lingfield to Egham, groups were celebrating being awarded up to nearly £14,500 each.
At the same time 21 groups county-wide were handed up to £30,000 each from the council’s community improvements fund for projects worth more than £3.1 million in total.
Surrey leader David Hodge approved all the funding only after “thinking long and hard” because of the enormous strain on finances from rising demand for services like adult social care.
Mr Hodge said: “With ever growing demand for services like adult social care making money extremely tight, we had to think long and hard about providing these grants.
“But we decided to go ahead because not only will the money we’ve given these projects help secure more than £3.1 million of benefits for Surrey, it will ensure our experience of living and working in the county continues to be great while also boosting our economic prosperity throughout our communities.”