Structural Funds

The Structural Funds (ERDF, ESF, CF, EAFRD and EMFF) are the main financial instruments to implement the European Union's regional and cohesion policy. 

From 2014, these operate under a common framework and pursue complementary policy objectives. They are the main source of investment at EU level to help Member States to restore and increase growth and ensure a job rich recovery while ensuring sustainable development, in line with the Europe 2020 objectives.

In its proposals for the 2014-2020 financial framework (tabled in June 2011) the European Commission:

  • decided that cohesion policy, rural development and maritime and fisheries policies should remain essential elements of the 2014-20 financial package because of their pivotal role in delivering the Europe 2020 strategy
  • proposed that structural policies should concentrate funding on a smaller number of priorities strongly linked to the Europe 2020 strategy.
Target Group
Demonstration and investment activities
Source Regions
European Union
Source Countries
Eligible Regions
European Union
Eligible Countries
Grant Types
Cooperation, collaboration
Funding Bodies
Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish Gaelic, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish
Support Types
Deadline Date
Programme Owner
Managing Authority
Supporting Programme
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Refering Grants


The legislative architecture comprises:

  • a general regulation setting out common rules for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Cohesion Fund (CF), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF);
  • three specific regulations for the ERDF, the ESF and the Cohesion Fund. These three fund-specific regulations include provisions specific to each Fund (ERDF, ESF and the Cohesion Fund), in particular regarding the scope of the Funds, investment priorities, and indicators; and
  • two further regulations on European territorial cooperation and the European Grouping of Territorial Cooperation (EGTC).



Proposal Submission

Please refer to the managing autroithy website in your country for details.

Terms And Conditions

Legal basis: MFF

Links: Regulation


366.8 million  (current prices) and will be allocated as follows:

  • a total of EUR 185 374,42 million for less developed regions (Regional convergence) (current prices);
  • a total of EUR  35 701,31 million  for transition regions (current prices);
  • a total of EUR 55 780,14 million for more developed regions (Competitiveness) (current prices);
  • a total of EUR 74 928,36 million for Member States supported by the Cohesion Fund;
  • a total of EUR 1 562,99 million as additional funding for the outermost regions identified in Article 349 of the Treaty and the northern sparsely populated regions fulfil ling the criteria laid down in Article 2 of Protocol No 6 to the Treaty of Accession of Austria, Finland and Sweden (current prices)

Resources for the "European territorial cooperation" goal will amount to a total of EUR  10 228,81 million (current  prices).

0.35% of the global resources will be allocated to technical assistance at the initiative of the Commission.


EUR 366.8 million of the Structural Funds resources for the Investment for growth and jobs goal will be allocated to innovative actions at the initiative of the Commission in the area of sustainable urban development

Available Calls

Total Funding Amount

 €388.7 billion. 

Selection Criteria

Please refer to the managing autroithy website in your country for details.

Open To

EU countries.