A university arts centre is set to get a £1.5 million extension.
Staff at Embrace Arts, at the University of Leicester's Richard Attenborough Centre, successfully bid for £600,000 from Arts Council England to extend the gallery space.
A further £400,000 has been secured though the university's Breaking Barriers Appeal.
An appeal is now being planned to find the rest of the money, which must be raised by November.
Michaela Butter, co-director of Embrace Arts, said: "We're look forward to creating a national centre of excellence for inclusive arts practice in Leicester, to be enjoyed by local people and visitors alike."
Exhibitions at the centre are held in a small corridor gallery.
The work will open this up, creating a series of interlinked spaces for art.
Managers are confident the extra money can be found.
Ave Vinick, who is responsible for fund-raising, said: "It's achievable.
"We have a number of bids in to trusts and foundations and are planning an art auction, among other ideas.
"This is going to help bring the city to life and can only add to its tourism and in particular it's bid to be city of culture."
Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said: "This will be another quality cultural attraction.
"Added to the amazing discovery of Richard III, it further strengthens Leicester's claim to become city of culture."
GSSArchitecture has been appointed to design the space.
Partner Tom Lyons said he was excited about being involved in the development.
The Richard Attenborough centre was the result of a campaign championed by Lord Attenborough.
It us one of two purpose-built accessible arts centres in the East Midlands for the promotion of arts and disability.
The development, which would increase the size of the building by fifty per cent, will be fully accessible for disabled and able-bodied visitors.