A DEWSBURY community group is celebrating after being granted almost half a million pounds.
The Dewsbury and District League of Friendship will be able to complete a full refurbishment of Howlands, its base on School Street, after receiving £459,818 from the Big Lottery Building Communities Fund.
The group wants to expand its activities and broaden the range of people it helps.
Chairman Tom Ellis said: “It has taken two years of hard work by a dedicated team to achieve this.
“We must thank our manager Deborah Hall, Cath Longley of Good Fundraising and Simon Cornell of Acropolis Design for their efforts in leading that team.
“All the money will be spent on a major overhaul of our building. When this has been achieved early in 2017 we will be open to all community groups.
"The League of Friendship will continue to support those members of the community who benefit from the wide range of activities on offer, including arts and crafts sessions.
"We feel our refurbishment is a very positive statement in the regeneration of Dewsbury and we look forward to being at the hub of the resurgence of local community involvement.”
The Big Lottery Fund awarded £2.1m to 94 projects in Yorkshire, including £9,900 to Howard Park Community School in Cleckheaton, £7,650 to Hartshead Moor Cricket Club and £10,000 to Diamond Wood Academy in Dewsbury.