U-turn over Surrey village hall funds
A decision to withdraw funding for village halls and community centres in Surrey has been reversed.
Surrey County Council said the u-turn followed discussions with organisations which had received funding in the past.
The authority has now made £150,000 funding available for the buildings.
Deputy council leader David Hodge said: "Village halls and community centres are the hub of every community and play a key role in supporting local life."
He added: "If they thrive, we all thrive. That is why we decided we had to continue contributing this money."
The original decision to withdraw funding was made because of the current financial climate, the council said.
People can apply for financial help for projects that refurbish, extend, repair or upgrade facilities.
This financial year, the council gave out grants worth £170,000 in total, ranging from £4,000 for Warlingham Church Hall, to £37,000 for Ottershaw Village Hall.