A total of £520,000 has been given towards a £1.2m project to protect an Essex landmark from the sea.
The coast at Walton-on-the-Naze has been eroding at a rate of about 6.5ft (2m) a year and the Naze Tower is currently a few metres from the edge.
Tending District Council has given the cash towards the Crag Walk project to shore up the cliff and build a walkway in front of the tower.
Essex County Council is considering giving an extra £500,000.
The possible grant will be discussed at a full council meeting next week.
Work on the Crag Walk project should start this winter, following a public consultation on the plans and approval from the Environment Agency and local wildlife organisations.
A 328ft (100m) walkway will be built in front of the Naze Tower, along with a new viewing platform above the beach.
The tower, which is a Grade II-listed building, was originally a navigational tower but has been turned into a cafe and art gallery.