Europe and Aberdeenshire Council

European Regional Development Fund logoEconomic Development  aims to work with European partners for the development of the area and to further promote the regions profile in Europe.

The team is primarily involved in securing and managing European funding.


There are a large number of funding programmes open to business, communities and public bodies throughout Aberdeenshire. The council applies for external funding for projects and also supports the management and administration of grants. The team also supports the management and administration of the following European funding programmes which communities, businesses and organisations can apply to:

The council has adopted a position paper on post-brexit funding programmes which could replace European Union programmes.

The council also manages the Aberdeen City and Shire Business Gateway Strategic Intervention which has been allocated £1,931,750 from the European Regional Development Fund. This funding allows for the provision of enhanced business support services from the Business Gateway service.

The council also administers the Oil and Gas Technology Centre Support for Research and Innovation scheme through the EU’s State aid General Block exemption scheme. 

External groups

The service participates in a number of international groups to ensure the best outcome for the area. The key groups are the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), and the North Sea Commission (NSC).

To find out more about council involvement in these groups please see: