Scottish Funding Council scheme approval by European Commission: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/00267
Date received: 30 January 2018
Date responded: 19 February 2018

Information requested

The full standard operating process/procedure for allocation and funding applications for ESF funding for the following:

1. Colleges to SFC

2. SFC to Scottish Government

For example please advise when applications for funding are received v funding actually drawdown, for both colleges and SFC.


The information you have requested on the full standard operation process for ESF funding applications is available from the Scottish Government European Structural Funds website for the 2014 -20 Programmes. Please find below a link to the Scottish Government Management and Control System 2014-20 Structural Funds Operational Programmes which sets out the full application and approval process (pages 23 -30) for all Lead Partners including SFC.


Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information which is already reasonably accessible to you. If, however, you do not have internet access to obtain this information from the website(s) listed, then please contact me again and I will send you a paper copy.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance the Scottish Government does not have some of the information you have requested. Scottish Funding Council, as a Lead Partner, applies directly to Scottish Government for ESF. How the ESF is awarded and paid to individual Colleges is a matter for Scottish Funding Council. You may wish to contact Gavin Bruce, Scottish Funding Council at who may be able to help you.

With regard to your second question I have provided information regarding when Scottish Funding Council ESF applications were received and approved. Please note that the Scottish ESF Programme was approved by the European Commission in December 2014 and calls for applications were only operational from January 2015. Please see attached for further details.

Please note there has been no ESF drawdown by Scottish Funding Council to date.

About FOI

The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at

FOI-18-00267 - SFC ESF Applications 2014-20.pdf


Please quote the FOI reference

Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

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