UNST’s historic Belmont House has been given nearly £90,000 in funding to create a multi-functional studio and to look into developing a renewable energy source.
The community-owned listed building, which was built in 1775, has received the money from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the local LEADER programme.
The Belmont Trust plans to use the money to turn a garage into a studio space, which could be used for functions as well as making room for more disabled facilities.
The trust also hopes to “investigate an alternative renewable energy source and secure a part-time business development manager”.
The classic Georgian house is currently being used for five-bedroom self-catering accommodation after it was renovated using funding of around £1.2 million.
Belmont Trust chairman Mike Finnie said the money would be used to “enhance” the property and look into ways it can reduce its heating bills.
“We are very aware that many similar properties in Scotland have reverted to private from community ownership due to the high costs of running historic properties,” he said.
“We are committed to keeping Belmont as a community asset and would like to thank everyone who visits and stays in the house for their support to making this a success.”
HIE development manager Fiona Stirling added: “Belmont House has been a successful community asset for a number of years and this funding injection will only continue the positive impact that it has had on the community.
“Job creation and income generation are key factors in a strong community and we’re delighted that on this occasion our funding will tick those boxes.”
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