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Aspiring Communities Fund: application form and guidance

Application form and guidance notes for the Aspiring Communities Fund, which is supported by the European Social Fund (ESF).

Applications for projects from the Highlands and Islands areas are now being requested.

Through this fund we will explore partnership approaches between statutory bodies and local communities with a shared interest in exploring new and sustainable ways of working to improve local outcomes.

The fund will contribute to the achievement of the ESF Operational Programme targets for:

  • Community based or community services supported
  • New childcare places available
  • Deprived or fragile communities supported

And Aspiring Communities Fund targets for:

  • People benefitting from new services/support
  • New or improved community owned assets (noting that capital for acquisition must be obtained from other non ESF sources)

The fund supports new or enhanced activity only, and cannot be used for activities previously or currently funded under any other ESF funding programmes.

Applications must be submitted to no later than 5pm Friday 1 June 2018.


Email: Please enter “request for further information” into the subject heading.

6 Apr 2018
Aspiring Communities Fund: application form and guidance