Business funding

Structural funds allocate funding for a range of development and investment projects run by companies. The projects can be related to production, internationalisation or competence, for example, and they must have a significant impact on the company’s operations, renewal, growth and competitiveness. Employment aspects will also be considered when granting funding.

In investment projects, the share of support is determined in accordance with the valid regional aid map. The share of support differs depending on the project’s content, location and any other relevant matters.
Most of the funding for business development and investment projects comes from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The deadline for funding applications for the 2014–2020 EU programming period was on 31 October 2021.

The first application period for the Innovation and Skills in Finland 2021−2027 programme is now open.

Further information

Further information about business funding and development aid for businesses is available from the funding advice service offered by centres for economic development, transport and the environment.

Read more about the funding policies of individual centres for economic development, transport and the environment to determine the funding opportunities available in the area of implementation of your development project.

Business funding for rural areas

Support for the development and investment needs of micro companies can also be sought from the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment. However, the support comes from the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. The criteria for funding resemble those for support granted from the European Regional Development Fund or national funds.