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Scottish Enterprise Subsidy Schemes

Most of the assistance given to businesses by Scottish Enterprise is subsidy. Our Subsidy Schemes provide the basis for assistance offered by Scottish Enterprise through a range of products and services. We have updated our schemes to reflect the change to the legal position following the expiry of the Brexit transition period on 31 December 2020. Assistance is discretionary, based on the merits of the proposed project, and an assessment of need which is subject to rigorous due diligence appraisal.

Subsidy Schemes from 1 January 2021

Scottish Enterprise Regional Airports, Maritime Ports and Inland Ports Aid Scheme 2017 – 2021

Scottish Enterprise culture, heritage and sport infrastructure scheme 2014 - 2021

Scottish Enterprise environmental protection scheme 2014 - 2021

Scottish Enterprise research, development, and innovation scheme 2014 - 2021

Scottish Enterprise regional and SME investment aid scheme 2014 - 2021

Scottish Enterprise SME aid scheme 2014 - 2021

Scottish Enterprise training, disadvantaged workers and workers with disabilities scheme 2014 - 2021

State Aid Schemes 2014 - 2020

Previous Schemes 2014 - 2018

Previous Schemes 2008 - 2014

The State Aid Unit

The State Aid Unit, part of the Enterprise, Energy and Tourism Directorate of the Scottish Government, aims to assist those involved in approving or granting public funding within State aid rules. They provide support and advice to:

  • Answer questions regarding State Aid
  • Advise on the most appropriate scheme for the aid to be granted
  • Work with you to develop new schemes for notification to the European Commission
  • Liaise with Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) State Aid Branch and the UK Permanent Representation (UKRep) at the European Commission on State Aid issues in Scotland

Find out more on the State Aid Unit website