Bognor Regis is among more than 100 coastal towns to be been handed a £10,000 government grant.
Part of the money from the Coastal Communities Fund will be spent on restoring the town’s pier.
Significantly it now opens up the potential to secure much larger grants to regenerate the town and its historic pier.
Bognor Pier Trust worked with Arun District Council to launch the successful bid.
Trust chairman Paul Wells said: “I’m thrilled that we have been selected. This is really good news for the Bognor Pier Trust and Bognor Regis.
“All our hard work is starting to come together and although we have a long journey ahead we are making good steps and now we are being recognised by the government.”
The money will be used on the regeneration of Heritage Square, which takes in Waterloo Square and the pier.
In total 116 Coastal Community Teams benefitted from the Coastal Communities Fund, which is aimed at reviving England’s seaside towns.
Coastal Communities minister Mark Francois said: “Coastal Community Teams will help decide where that investment goes because local people know best what is needed to grow their local economy.
“We are backing them with £1million of direct support and the Budget also confirmed last week that at least £90million more will be spent in the coming years through the Coastal Community Fund, which these teams will have access to.
Bognor Pier Trust is seeking £5million of Lottery funding to completely restore the pier, a bid which the Observer is supporting with its Back Our Pier campaign.
Because of this success the town is now able to bid for a £50,000 share of a new £3million Coastal Revival Fund.
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