Newtown Park Association had cause for small celebration as it scored top of the table against five other applicants for funding from Falkirk Council.
The group has been working with consultants PMR Leisure to change Newtown Park into a community centre for Bo’ness.
Robert Snedden, head of the association, said: “This is amazing news. If we pass the second stage of our application we will have £360,000 funding.”
The money will be used to buy a top of the range artificial pitch, which will allow children to play on it all year round.
Penny Lochhead, director of PMR Leisure, said: “We should be told by January whether or not we have been successful in the second stage. However, it is looking good for the town so far.”
Now the group will continue to apply for funding so they can start work on the design side of the project. Two locals, David Mitchell and Rachel McAffrey, are creating a video showing how the people of Bo’ness are united in their desire and need for such a facility.
David said: “The reaction from the public has been great and by the new year we hope to be well on our way to having a community hub.”