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Subsidy Schemes

Our Subsidy Powers 

Subsidy means a financial or in-kind contribution given by a public authority to a commercial enterprise on a selective basis that provides an economic advantage, and that may cause a distortion in or harm to competition, trade, or investment. 

As a public body with a broad economic development remit, we regularly provide grants, loans and other assistance to promote the growth of the region. From 1 January 2021 the scope of much of our assistance will be governed by the UK Government’s international commitments on subsidy control. These include the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), other Free Trade Agreements (FTA) and World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules. It is anticipated that in most cases our assistance, if assessed as a subsidy, will fall within the scope of Chapter 3 of Title XI of the TCA or aid within the scope of Article 10 of the NI Protocol. 

Our new schemes will be designed around the obligations of the TCA, wider FTA and WTO rules and will be adapted as further UK Subsidy Control legislation emerges. 

We always assess each project firstly for its potential to meet our economic development priorities and policies for the South of Scotland. If our assistance is considered appropriate, we will make an assessment to determine if the support is likely to constitute subsidy. If it does, our staff will work with clients to find the most appropriate legal cover to avoid breaching the competition laws. It is important that applicants provide full and accurate declarations in support of subsidy assessments. Applicants are responsible for seeking their own legal reassurances on becoming subsidy beneficiaries. 


View SOSE Subsidy Schemes 

SOSE was established by the Scottish Government in recognition of the unique circumstances of the South of Scotland, and the need for a fresh approach to drive inclusive growth across the area. 

Our statutory aims and powers are conferred by the South of Scotland Enterprise Act 2019. These require us to further the sustainable economic and social development of the South of Scotland and to improve the amenity and environment of the region. To achieve those aims SOSE takes a wide range of actions to support inclusive and sustainable economic growth, to increase efficiency, innovation, and competitiveness, and to tackle inequality within the region. Our schemes, which will be published soon, are: 

  • SOSE Primary Agriculture Subsidy Scheme 
  • SOSE Fisheries and Aquaculture Subsidy Scheme 

These schemes will be the principal instruments under which SOSE will grant subsidy in pursuit of our strategic priorities.  


View SOSE State Aid Schemes (1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020)

SOSE General Block Exemption Scheme

SOSE Agricultural and Forestry Block Exemption Scheme

SOSE Fisheries and Aquaculture Block Exemption Scheme

These schemes were valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 December 2020.