Funding programmes

Project funding is very important for the development of regions. Funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is the primary means of funding for the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme. In addition, the Regional Council of Päijät-Häme receives AKKE funding from the government. This funding is earmarked for independent development of the region by the regional council. Funding is allocated through the regional programme, with the Regional Board making the funding decisions for larger projects and the Regional Mayor deciding on the funding of smaller projects.

Business funding in the region is granted by Häme Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre). Team Finland is an organisation that promotes and develops export activities. Team Finland co-ordinator at Häme ELY Centre is Matti Nykänen.

The main objective of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is to improve the employment rates, competitiveness and vitality of regions. The Finnish Structural Fund programme is called Sustainable Growth and Work 2014–2020. Päijät-Häme is included in the sub-area of Southern Finland. The themes, timing and processes of applications in the area are co-ordinated by the Southern Finland ERDF co-ordination group, in which all the regions in the sub-area are represented. Each region prepares and decides on the distribution of funds in the region. However, the actual legal decision made in the EURA system comes from Uusimaa Regional Council.

Päijät-Häme Regional Council does not administer the European Social Fund (ESF); ESF funding is applied for through the ELY Centre. For more information, please contact Sinikka Kauranen.

For more information

Riitta Nieminen
Director of Development
+358 40 508 6526
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Juha Hertsi
Regional Development Manager
+358 44 371 9442