Regional Selective Assistance grants

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise South of Scotland Enterprise

What does this involve?

Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grants are available for projects that create or protect jobs in Scotland.

The size of the grant will depend on:

  • where your project is located in Scotland
  • the size of your business
  • the amount of new jobs created or existing jobs protected
  • the amount of capital expenditure directly relating to the project

Am I eligible?

Yes, if your project: 

  • takes place within an assisted area in Scotland 
  • directly creates or safeguards jobs that pay the Real Living Wage 
  • does not cause job losses elsewhere 
  • requires capital investment 
  • will be mainly funded from the private sector, including your company's cash resources 
  • is commercially and financially viable and will contribute to Scotland's economy 
  • can show you need RSA to proceed and you have not already committed to start the project 

What does this cost?

There is no cost to apply. 

Who is this for?

Small to medium sized businesses.

Large businesses will be eligible if the project involves diversification at an existing location or a new activity taking place on a new site.

Companies must be based in Scotland or planning a project that will take place in Scotland.

How long does this take?

As every project is different, exact timing isn’t possible. However, once you’ve submitted your enquiry, and your project is eligible you will be assigned an appraisal executive who will assist with your application.

Once your application is approved, you'll be allocated a grant manager who will supply a formal offer letter identifying the conditions of your grant.

Important information

The following will be taken into consideration:

  • your approach to fair work practices, including payment of the Real Living Wage (£9 per hour)
  • if your project services markets wider than Scotland
  • if your competitors are largely based outside Assisted Areas
  • certain activities may be subject to special European Community (EC) restrictions on aid

Next steps

Submit an enquiry and an adviser will be in touch to talk through your options and help you apply for funds.

Support provided by Scottish Enterprise Highlands and Islands Enterprise South of Scotland Enterprise

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