A music hall in east London has been given more than £200,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) - and invited to apply for a further £2m at a later date.
Hoxton Hall, in Hackney, says it needs the money to continue working as a theatre and community space.
The hall also hopes to widen research into the history of the building and surrounding area.
Hoxton Hall, built in 1863, is a Grade II-listed structure.
Sue Bowers, head of the HLF in London, said: "Hoxton Hall is both a heritage gem and a much-valued community building.
"We are pleased to be giving initial support."
But there was disappointment for Wilton's Music Hall in the East End.
The dilapidated venue had hoped to secure £2m of funding.
Staff have said they will not give up plans to spruce up the venue.
"We'll just keep on working hard to raise the money," said artistic director Frances Mayhew.
"Whatever happens, we'll do it."