Maggie Knight showed the BBC around the pavilion in November 2009
A campaign to reopen the pavilion on Penarth pier for community use has been boosted by a grant of £30,000.
The money comes from the £13m Community Asset Transfer Programme (CAT), a joint venture between the Welsh Assembly Government and the Big Lottery Fund.
Grants are given to community groups who want to take over public buildings.
Project director Maggie Knight said: "The aim is to bring more people back to Penarth and use it as a centre as they have done in the past."
The pier, built in 1894, was refurbished in the 1990s
Built in 1929, the Grade II listed building has been closed for nearly twenty years.
It would be reopened at a cost of £3.9m to host a range of educational programmes, film showings, festivals, exhibitions and other activities.
There would also be a restaurant, cafe and child-care provision.
Penarth Arts and Crafts Limited, which is leading the restoration project, was previously awarded £99,600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund in November 2009 to develop the plans.
Ms Knight said reopening the pavilion could make a huge difference to the former Victorian resort.
"It's a fantastic town with a lovely seaside and to reopen something like the pavilion is a very exciting prospect for people in the town," she said.
"If it's done sympathetically it could regenerate the area, increase tourism and encourage jobs.
"We can't underestimate the value of the building to the town and this award has given us a vote of confidence to continue with our work."
The pier, built in 1894, was refurbished with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund in the 1990s.