Dunoon Burgh Hall has just had a substantial and very well deserved success in its application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
It has just heard that it has been awarded the sum of £575,000 – which will make a significant contribution to securing the building’s future. The award is a Stage 2 grant for the project’s capital refurbishment works.
And there is more good news on the funding front for this superb and endlessly inventive local resource.
The John McAslan Family Trust, already the saviour of the Hall, with the eminent architect, John McAslan, a Dunoon man – has newly pledged a further £250,000 of matching grant funding.
There are days like this – and the Dunoon Burgh Hall staff, with the resourceful and exciting programme it offers the town – have earned this celebratory occasion.
These awards add to a Stage 1 grant of £15,000 from Creative Scotland which, it is hoped, will result in a Stage 2 grant of £465,000 to be decided this summer; and £160,000 from Historic Scotland.
With these funds in place, Dunoon Burgh Hall is now in a position to get going on its anticipated £1.65million capital works programme later this year.
The breathtaking reality is now that the building’s full restoration will be complete within 18 months.
The Burgh Hall team is grateful to everyone who has helped and supported the project since its outset.