Date lodged: 28 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government when the Aspiring Communities Fund will open for applicants at stage 2; how many applications it expects; how much funding will be made available for this, also broken down by how much will be ring-fenced for applicants that have completed the stage 1 process, and whether any funding will be made available to stage 1 applicants that are not successful at stage 2.
Answered by: Angela Constance 18 April 2018
The date for Aspiring Communities Fund applications for existing Stage 1 projects to progress to Stage 2 is still under consideration. The fund currently supports 60 Stage 1 projects and it is expected that the majority of these projects will apply for Stage 2 funding. The level of funding available is still to be determined. Those projects that are unsuccessful in acquiring Stage 2 funding will be signposted to alternative funding sources.