A project that aims to regenerate the Diss Corn Hall and the Heritage Triangle conservation area reached a critical juncture after submitting a bid for a massive investment that could help it reach its £3 million funding target.
The Diss Heritage Partnership, which intends to repair and upgrade the Corn Hall as part of the wider heritage scheme, applied for a £1.5 million investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund last week and is aiming to acquire another £100,000 through local donations.
David Case, member of the Diss Heritage Partnership and Friends of Diss Corn Hall, said: “People have been very generous with their donations. They have given a huge vote of confidence to the project.
“We are waiting on several of our applications for funding to go through, but the Heritage Lottery Fund is the essential one.”
The partnership’s bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund will be decided by September.
To date, the project has received almost £2 million from sources such as Norfolk County Council and Diss Town Council, as well as investments from the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
A further £27,000 has been raised through donations from individuals and organisations in Diss.
The partnership believes that the regeneration plans could increase shopper interest and create many jobs in the Heritage Triangle, which covers St Nicholas Street, Market Hill and Market Place which connects them.
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