Caerphilly District Miners’ Hospital could be bought and turned into a community centre.
The Caerphilly Miners Community Centre Management Committee was set up last year with the aim of keeping the historic main building open for community use.
The group has now been formally established and has secured £4,000 of funding from charity UnLtd for development work towards its final goal.
Caerphilly District Miners’ Hospital will be closed down once the new £172.7million Ysbyty Ystrad Fawr hospital is opened in autumn next year.
Much of the hospital site will be turned into affordable housing but the future of The Beeches building, which was built in 1924, is unclear.
The building was paid for by the miners of the Rhymney Valley after they each put aside 6d out of their weekly wage of 12s 6d to raise the £30,000 needed.
Because of its history and how it was built it is a powerful community symbol and one people want to see kept.
The committee is developing a business plan and working behind the scenes to try and get the Welsh Health Estates, which owns the site, to agree to sell it to them.
They also want to get the building put into the Local Development Plan for Caerphilly County Borough.
Caerphilly’s Labout AM Jeff Cuthbert is chair of the Caerphilly Miners Community Centre Management Committee.
He said: “I’m delighted with the progress made so far. The partnership arrangement is working well.
“There are still important hurdles to overcome and there are no guarantees. But the efforts made so far are valuable and will hopefully lead to a positive outcome.
“I’m extremely grateful to all the members and supporters of the Miners’ Hospital Group and I look forward to a successful conclusion.”