How does Scotland benefit from EU funding?

Scotland receives significant funding from the EU which helps us support our goals of improving lives, helping businesses to innovate and grow, promoting inclusive growth and promoting Scotland on the international stage.

For the period 2014 to 2020, Scotland will receive around £410 million from the European Regional Development Fund, which has contributed to improving infrastructure and building a sustainable, low-carbon Scotland. So far, we have used funding from the Regional Development programme to support projects across the country, including the Orkney Research Campus, the Rothesay Pavilion and low carbon travel in the Highlands.

In addition, around £400 million from the European Social Fund is helping the third sector to tackle poverty and help people into employment.

Funding from the 2007-2013 European Structural Fund programme supported almost 100,000 people into work, created over 40,000 jobs, supported over 80,000 enterprises and more than 17,000 new business start-ups.

Funding programmes such as Creative Europe and Horizon 2020 have been extremely valuable to Scotland, supporting international networks, partnerships, learning and cultural exchange, which benefit communities across the length and breadth of the country. Continued membership of the EU is crucial in guaranteeing access to these transformative opportunities, so Scotland can continue to be world-renowned for its heritage and creative excellence.