Hastings Pier and White Rock Trust (HPWRT) is delighted to announce today that the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is supporting the Trust's plans for the rescue and restoration of Hastings Pier.
With a grant of £11.4 million the HLF will provide the lion's share of the £13.9 million needed to deliver the project.
It is a great day for the people of Hastings and tremendous reward for the hard work and determination of all those who would not allow the pier to be abandoned.
Simon Opie, chief exec of HPWRT said: "This is a brilliant decision by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the future of the pier and the future of Hastings.
"The commitment and support of everyone involved has been crucial to this success and the Trust is indebted to a great many people.
"We will continue to rely on this support and enthusiasm as the project moves to its next, exciting phase.
"We now need to put everything in place to enable us to start work on the Pier in spring next year, and we will be setting out our plans for this shortly.
"We very much look forward to having the Pier re-opened by the end of 2014."
Carole Souter, chief exec of HLF, said: "Hastings Pier has lived through over 150 years of history - from gentler Victorian times through to the Swinging Sixties and beyond.
"We're delighted to be backing these ambitious restoration plans which will not only save the fabric of the pier but also put it right back at the heart of the community, providing much-needed opportunities for social and economic regeneration."