A bid for £3.1m to help fully restore Lydiard Park in Swindon has been signed off ready to be sent to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Swindon Borough Council has committed £500,000 to the scheme
The management and business plan will be submitted by the end of January together with restoration designs.
If the application is successful, work on the site's historic parkland will begin in September 2005.
Councillor Mike Bawden, leader of the borough council said the idea is to create a site of heritage for the town.
The bid forms part of the Lydiard Park Project - a £5.3m scheme to restore Lydiard's historic landscape and upgrade visitor amenities on the 260-acre site.
Swindon Borough Council's partners are English Heritage, The Countryside Agency and DEFRA.
In December 2004, BMW Group and Intel UK Ltd signed up as business partners joining RWE npower and bringing the total cash commitment from businesses and other agencies to £446,000.
Swindon Borough Council has committed £500,000 to the restoration works.