What is the European Regional Development Fund

The European Regional Development Fund co-finances investments into the regions with Governments across the European Union and supports activities in the regions contributing to a balanced level of development.

The European Union made €276.8 billion available for regional development across the European Union between 2014 and 2020.

The European Structural and Investment Funds are delivered through Programmes. In Ireland there are two Programmes co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund:

  • Southern and Eastern Regional Operational Programme
  • Border, Midland and Western Regional Operational Programme

The map below shows the division of Ireland between these two programmes and illustrates the performance targets that the programmes are expected to achieve.

As well as funding the two regional investment programmes, the European Regional Development Fund is used to co-fund cooperation programmes that invest in more than one country. You can look up the different cooperation programmes on the European Union’s dedicated website.

European Regional Development Fund national-map infographic