The ASB Civic Theatre Trust has received a $333,000 grant from the Lotteries Commission, chairman Kevin Moseley says.
Funds were mounting steadily for the new theatre, he said, and it was gratifying for trust members to see the positive response from funding agencies.
"These trusts and funding organisations are constantly sifting through all sorts of worthy claims but they are clearly understanding the broad community appeal of our theatre project and, as a result, we've had some substantial donations," he said.
The latest was a grant of $333,000 approved by the NZ Lottery Grants Board from its community facilities fund.
Mr Moseley said Blenheim's new theatre was going to be "so much more" than an arena for the performing arts. "It's important that everyone remembers the ‘civic' dimension of this project.
"It's not just a theatre and stage, it's our new town hall," he said.
The ASB Theatre would be the new civic centre of Marlborough as well as a community amenity for all kinds of groups and organisations, Mr Moseley said, and the NZ Lottery Grants Board funding was acknowledgement of that wider community benefit.
Last week, the theatre trust announced it had received a total of $265,000 from gaming trusts.
- The Marlborough Express