It’s a little early to call it a Christmas present, but some federal funding will make a huge difference in the rehabilitation of Granthams Hall in West Howe Sound.

West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea-to-Sky Country MP Pamela Goldsmith-Jones made a funding announcement recently and the federal government will cover more than 235 thousand dollars of a project estimated to cost more than 524 thousand dollars.

When it was first built in 1931, the hall was used as a United Church and has since been used as a venue for the arts and served as a gathering place.

The Sunshine Coast Regional District bought the hall from the Granthams Landing Improvement District in 2009, that purchase was part of the Granthams Landing water transfer system.

Through loans, taxation, and grants, the regional district had committed about six hundred thousand dollars to repair the historic building.

Work should be completed by the end of the year.