beta

You're viewing our new website - find out more

The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIFs) are the European Union's main way of investing in 'smart, sustainable and inclusive' growth in its member states.

We are the Managing Authority for two ESIFs in Scotland:

  • the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) aims to strengthen economic and social cohesion by correcting imbalances between regions
  • the European Social Fund (ESF) aims to help people improve their lives by learning new skills and finding better jobs

We distribute these funds to lead partners, such as policy directorates, agencies and local authorities, who distribute the funding between individual projects and organisations.

Applications for funding should be made directly to a relevant ESIF lead partner organisation. The performance of funded programmes is monitored by the Joint Programme Monitoring Committee (JPMC).

Find the latest news on the ESIF blog.

Actions

For the period from 2014 to 2020 we received €476 million from the ERDF and €465 million from the ESF. These funds are being used to:

We are managing the funds by:

Background

Process

We distribute the ESIFs to lead partners through Strategic Interventions (SIs): large-scale allocations of more than €15 million, structured around specific themes and with specific aims. Lead partners are policy directorates, agencies and local authorities with the capacity and capability to manage the funds and provide match funding of their own to increase the overall levels of investment.

We work with lead partners to divide the SI and match funding into smaller amounts known as Operations. Individual projects and organisations then apply to lead partners to access the funds, and awards are made to projects most likely to achieve the stated aims of the SI.

We work with the lead partners to ensure the funds are awarded, monitored and evaluated in accordance with ESIF regulations.

Aims

The ESIFs are intended to achieve EU priorities in areas such as employment, innovation, education, poverty reduction and climate change/renewable energy.

They align with our priorities for Scotland, of reducing poverty and social exclusion, boosting educational attainment and skills development, growing employment levels, economic activity and innovation, and addressing climate change through increased use of renewable energy.

More information on the ESIFs can be found on the European Commission website.

2007-2013 programmes

Contact

Email:

General enquiries: europeanstructuralfunds@gov.scot

Post:

Glasgow:
3rd Floor
5 Atlantic Quay
150 Broomielaw
Glasgow
G2 8LU

Inverness:
Longman House
28 Longman Rd
Inverness
IV1 1RY

Stornoway:
10 Keith Street
Stornoway
Isle of Lewis
HS1 2 QG