Funds 2021-27


What are EU funds?

EU funding is the process by which the European Union (EU) makes funds available to support, among other things, investment, training, and research in EU member states. The purpose of these funds is to support economic, social, and regional development in the European Union and to even out economic and educational differences between its regions.

Poland is one of the largest beneficiaries of the European Union due to the fact that all Polish regions, apart from Warsaw, have a Gross Domestic Product per capita (GDP per capita) lower than the average of this indicator in the European Union.

What is the value of EU funds allocated to Poland and when will they be spent?

For the years 2021-2027, as a beneficiary of the "European Funds" perspective, Poland will have approximately PLN 345 billion (approx. EUR 76 billion) at its disposal.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the first EU competitions started with a delay in mid-2023. All competitions will end by 2027 and the implementation and settlement period of the projects will end in 2029.

These funds were divided between funds and programs, depending on the objectives, areas of operation (national or regional), and various economic sectors, including: research and development, education, infrastructure, IT, culture, environmental protection, agriculture, health and many other.

EU funds and programs implemented in Poland

  • for the dolnośląskie voivodeship (EUR 2.3 billion)
  • for the kujawsko-pomorskie voivodship (EUR 1.8 billion)
  • for the lubelskie voivodship (EUR 2.4 billion)
  • for the lubuskie voivodship (EUR 915 million)
  • for the łódzkie voivodship (EUR 2.3 billion)
  • for the małopolskie voivodship (EUR 2.7 billion)
  • for the mazowieckie voivodship (EUR 2.1 billion)
  • for the opolskie voivodship (EUR 966 million)
  • for the podkarpackie voivodship (EUR 2.26 billion)
  • for the podlaskie voivodship (EUR 1.3 billion)
  • for the pomorskie voivodship (EUR 1.67 billion)
  • for the śląskie voivodship (EUR 5.14 billion)
  • for the świętokrzyskie voivodship (EUR 1.45 billion)
  • for the warminsko-mazurskie voivodship (EUR 1.78 billion)
  • for the wielkopolskie voivodship (EUR 2.15 billion)
  • for the zachodniopomorskie region (EUR 1.68 billion)

  • Transforming the economy to a low-carbon one
  • Promoting biodiversity of ecosystems
  • Green and safe transport
  • Increasing the level and accessibility of healthcare
  • Protecting monuments and supporting cultural institutions

  • Increasing opportunities to use technology
  • Increasing competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Supporting modern and green technologies

  • Supporting business start-ups through affordable loans
  • Assistance to employers and their employees in key sectors
  • Development of education and its accessibility
  • Support for institutions dealing with the integration of migrants
  • Development of higher education capacities for digitisation and green solutions
  • Training for healthcare workers

Activities in the following voivodeships: lubelskie, mazowieckie (excluding Warsaw and 9 surrounding poviats), podlaskie, podkarpackie, świętokrzyskie, warmińsko-mazurskie voivodeship)

  • Supporting innovative solutions
  • Increased competitiveness of enterprises
  • Support for the development of the tourism industry in cities
  • Improving the quality of life
  • Increasing access to transport, eliminating transport exclusion

  • Expanding access to ultra-fast internet
  • Improving e-services to allow most business and citizen matters to be done online
  • Strengthening cyber security
  • Developing the digital skills of employees involved in the sector (especially in terms of cyber security)

  • Support for migration and asylum policy in line with European law
  • Secure management of EU borders
  • Prevention of radicalism, terrorism, and cybercrime

  • Improving methods of managing European funds acquired
  • Supporting innovation in human resources management
  • Create and maintain appropriate working conditions for the implementation of European projects
  • Supporting cooperation activities
  • Activities supporting visibility and access to European projects in Poland

  • Food aid (e.g. food parcels)
  • Joint actions for people in need (e.g. workshops, counselling)

  • Supporting sustainable fishing
  • Reconstruction and protection of water resources
  • Implementing innovations in this industry
  • Supporting international cooperation in managing the seas and contributing to their cleanliness

  • Support for international cooperation
  • Integration of European regions
  • Solving problems that go beyond the capacity of individual countries

Who can benefit from EU funds?

  • Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
  • Large enterprises
  • Newly established start-ups
  • VC/PE funds
  • Business accelerators
  • Foundations
  • Local governments
  • State institutions
  • Educational institutions
  • Higher education institutions (universities)
  • Research institutes

What is the percentage of EU funding?

Action co-financed by the EU Value of the Funding
Investment projects 40%-80% of investment
Research and development projects (R&D) 40%-80% of the cost
Grants for ideas and start-up business models 50%-90% of the cost
Courses/training to improve qualifications and competences 80%-100% of the cost
Financing development for international markets up to 50% of the costs
Co-financing of acquisitions of foreign companies up to 50% of the investment

What does the exact value of the funding depend on?

There are many factors influencing the value of funding. Below are the most common:

  • Enterprise size (the smaller the enterprise, the higher the funding usually)
  • Cost types
  • Additional bonuses (for example, in the SMART (Research and Development) path, for presenting the results of your research at scientific conferences and publishing scientific works, you receive funding that is 10-15 percentage points higher)
  • In some competitions, the region in which the company or organization is located

What does the process of obtaining funding and implementing EU projects look like in brief?


Selecting appropriate programs for projects

Verification of which European funds program will be the best for obtaining funding


Preparation and submission of an EU application

Preparation of all documents in the application and constant contact with institutions managing EU funds


Signing the EU subsidy agreement

Evaluation of the contract and commencement of payment of funds


Project settlement and management

Settlement of funds obtained from European funds


Contact us for more information and a current schedule of projects available for your company/organization.