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 Programme Monitoring Committee (PMC).

Find the latest news on the ESIF blog, including case studies of people, projects and businesses supported by ESIF.


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:

We are also consulting on the design of the 2021 to 2027 European territorial cooperation (Interreg) funding programmes. 


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.


Any complaints on the work carried out by the Managing Authority should be sent to

Read the ESIF Complaints process

For disputes over claims and verifications read the dispute resolution process.



General enquiries:

Complaints on work carried out by the Managing Authority:


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