The Scottish Government’s new two year £18.9 million Aspiring Communities Fund is currently inviting applications for the first funding round. This funding round closes on the 7th April 2017. There are two stages that organisations should consider applying for, and we intend to run several funding rounds for both stages. This challenge Fund is being delivered by Social Justice and Regeneration Division, with the Scottish Government as Lead Partner for the 2014-2020 European Social Fund (ESF) Programme. Completed applications must be submitted to AspiringCommunities@gov.scot by 5pm on the 7th April 2017. Applicants must read the guidance and help notes when completing the application form.