International Funding

European Union provides funding for promoting RDI, business activities and education. We at the Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia advise the region’s actors in matters of international funding apart from matters related to business activities and investments. We have special expertise in matters concerning Interreg funding programmes. In addition to projects funded by the Interreg funding programmes, South Ostrobothnian operators have also participated in projects funded by Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 and Europe for Citizens funding programmes. Funding programmes Creative Europe and LIFE also offer interesting opportunities.

The contents, objectives and amounts of funding of the funding programmes in the next EU programming period 2021–2027 as well as their general descriptions are still in programming phase. We will update the descriptions and links as further information is available.

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Interreg Aurora

During the European Union’s 2014–2020 programming period the South Ostrobothnia region was included in the Interreg Botnia-Atlantica, a cross border cooperation funding programme. In the next programming period, a new programme will succeed both Botnia-Atlantica and Interreg Nord, and the former members of these programmes, that is regions in Finland, Sweden, Norway and Sápmi, will participate in it. The Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia contributes to planning and content writing of the new programme.

More information about Interreg Aurora:

Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Interreg Baltic Sea Region supports transnational development projects in the Baltic Sea region.

Interreg Europe

Interreg Europe includes all the member states in the EU as well as Norway and Switzerland.


Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support development projects on education, training, youth and sport as well as mobility in Europe.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is an EU framework programme for research and innovation. In the new programming period Horizon Europe will succeed Horizon 2020.

Europe for Citizens

The Europe for Citizens Programme supports projects which promote active citizenship and encourage citizens to participate in decision making. The programme supports initiatives promoting European remembrance, democratic engagement and civic participation at European level. In addition, the programme supports co-operation between municipalities, municipality networks and citizens’ projects.

Creative Europe

Creative Europe is the European Commission’s framework programme supporting European collaboration in the audiovisual, cultural and creative sectors. The programme is divided into culture and media subprogrammes. The Culture sub-programme supports the cultural actors’ cooperation projects, networks, exchange of good practices, touring exhibitions and concerts as well as literary translations. The MEDIA sub-programme supports the production, distribution, education and digitalisation of audiovisual works. In addition, Creative Europe finances prizes, European Capitals of Culture and the European Heritage Label.


The LIFE programme is the EU’s only funding instrument for the environment, nature conservation and climate action. Ministry of the Environment is the national contact point in Finland.