Fund against Child Labour

Children playing on the playcourt during playtime. Visit of a primary school in the area of Quito

Entrepreneurs can help eliminate child labour with a subsidy from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Fund against Child Labour. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( is administering the fund.

Around the globe, 168 million children are in work. The term 'child labour' refers to when children are too young to work, or do work that is too hard or too dangerous for them, and this work prevents them from receiving a proper or any education.

Due to the lack of education for example, child labour hampers the development of individual children and of society as a whole. This means child labour is not only a consequence of poverty, it is also a significant cause.

In the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it has been agreed that child labour should be eliminated by 2025. Your business can contribute to this goal through the Fund against Child Labour.

Who is it for?

The fund is for entrepreneurs from Dutch SMEs and large companies who want to help tackle child labour in their chain of production or as a multi-stakeholder project.

Approach through the chain of production: due diligence projects

As an individual company or with assistance of companies in your chain, you can help identify child labour in your chain of production. You will identify any obligations and tools you have at your disposal to combat this practice and you are obliged to report on your findings. An important element of this is the use of change management strategies within your company.

Approach at local level: multi-stakeholder projects

You have largely reviewed your company processes with regard to child labour, together with relevant organisations and experts. In cooperation with key stakeholders, you want to contribute to the elimination of child labour, focusing on the geographical location of the chain of production where child labour occurs. Your group consists of at least one Dutch company as applicant, one local company and one NGO. Together, you work out a plan to combat child labour at the local level in a selected area and in a specific chain of production. If you do not yet have any local companies as partners in this project, describe how they can become involved.


The budget for due diligence projects is €950,000.

The subsidy per project is a maximum of 70% of the eligible expenses, up to a maximum of €25,000 for large companies, €50,000 for individual SMEs and €100,000 for joint ventures between companies.

The budget for multi-stakeholder projects is €2,850,000.

The subsidy per project is a maximum of 70% of the eligible expenses up to a maximum of €475,000.


You can no longer submit an application for both due diligence projects and for multi-stakeholders projects.

There are several steps to the application procedure.

  • Request a telephone call for more information on the scheme (optional). Please contact our customer service centre, tel: 088-042 42 42
  • Download the Quick Scan form (Due Diligence Quick Scan or ‘Local multi-stakeholder approach against Child Labour’ Quick Scan) and start the consulting process. Please note that the downloads work best when you use a Firefox browser. Please note: since the deadline for application has passed, quick scans are no longer processed.
  • Submit your final application (once you have successfully completed the advisory process).

Legislation and regulations

The official publication of the Fund against Child Labour in the Staatscourant (Government Gazette):
The applicant and/or partners of a joint application declare that their activities are not on the FMO  Exclusion list. Furthermore they declare that they have knowledge of and will adhere to:


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