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Case Studies

European Structural and Investment Funds

Case Studies


The European Structural Funds 2007-2013 programmes saw an estimated €450 million being distributed across Scotland.  More than 800 projects were supported by money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF).

The European Regional Development Fund invested money in businesses across Scotland, helping them to grow at a local and national level. The ERDF also supported several renewable energy projects including the construction of windfarms and the installation of energy efficient heating systems in deprived communities. Funding was also used to restore some of Scotland’s historic landmarks and tourist attractions, increasing tourism and improving employment and training opportunities for local people.

The European Social Fund is designed to improve the lives of individuals across Scotland by increasing employment opportunities. ESF not only creates job opportunities, it also provides training, education and support to those considered furthest from the labour market, increasing their chance of finding long-term employment. Through the 2007-2013 programme ESF worked with people from various backgrounds. ESF funding was secured by the Prince’s Trust and Apex for projects to support young people with mental health problems, people suffering from substance abuse problems and ex-offenders. ESF has helped hundreds of people across Scotland to find employment and to positively change their lives.

The 2007-2013 ESF and ERDF programmes are now drawing to a close and case studies and results from a selection of the 800 projects supported through ESIF will continue to be published here. Over time the website will also provide case studies from the 2014-2020 programmes which are now underway.