A cash injection in curling could attract international events to Dumfries, bringing long-term economic benefits.
Around £45,000 is being spent on improving the sport in the purpose built curling hall at Dumfries Ice Bowl.
Most of the money is being provided by the local authority with some coming from fund-raising.
It will go towards buying 96 new granite curling stones.
Graham Sloan, Dumfries Curling Development Officer, said: "We are still in the bidding stage but this means we can now attract championship curling events to the town.
"Some of the international championship events take up to two years just for the bidding process so there is still plenty of work to be done.
"But once we are successful, it will attract hundreds of people to the area who will all need hotels and so on.
"It will be of enormous economic benefit to the town of Dumfries."
The stones are being specially made at a factory in Ayr and should be ready for the new curling season which starts in September.