Stockport Council has been successful in securing £67,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards drawing up plans for repairs and improvements to Bramall Hall.
The council can now progress to the second stage where it will develop detailed proposals to secure a further £932,600 to conserve and transform the hall for the benefit of residents and visitors.
The £1m project aims to transform Bramall Hall and Park into a regionally important heritage site, improving access and providing enjoyment and learning opportunities for members of the community and visitors.
Conservation of the Grade 1-listed hall and estate buildings, improved access, developing the education and events programme and works to the walled garden and stable block, will all be undertaken as part of the project.
The hall, set amongst 70 acres of parkland, is used by school groups and hosts events including concerts, open air theatre, weddings and conferences. The attraction is also supported by an active friends group who arrange task days within the park.
Sara Hilton, head of Heritage Lottery Fund North West, said: "Bramall Hall is one of the North West's heritage treasures. This proposed project would both conserve the historic built fabric whilst creating new opportunities for visitors from near and far to explore, learn about and enjoy this fascinating building. There is still work for the Council to do on developing their proposals, but HLF will be offering them full support in taking their application further."
Stockport Council said the £67,200 first-round pass is an endorsement of outline proposals. Having been awarded a first-round pass, the project now has up to two years to submit fully developed proposals to compete for a firm award from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The council added it will now develop the scheme in detail and plan to submit to the HLF in summer 2012.