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This page provides a selection of the programmes run by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (programmes translated into English). For a full overview: (in Dutch)

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  • Develop2Build (D2B)

    Financing for the development phase of infrastructure projects. This funding supports the development projects of foreign governments with a view to having a positive impact on man, the environment and society.

  • Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF)

    Financing with an obligation to pay the loan back for SME entrepreneurs who want to invest in emerging markets or developing countries. The project must contribute to the development of the country. This programme is also open to startups.

    DGGF Open
  • Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR Team)

    The Dutch are world-renowned for their water expertise. Dutch experts are involved in water-related projects all over the globe. The Dutch government and the Dutch water sector founded the Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR Team), a government-to-government instrument that focuses on sending project teams across the globe to give expert advice on disaster prevention.

  • Energy Investment Allowance (EIA)

    The Energy Investment Allowance (EIA) is for investing in energy-efficient technology and durable energy under favourable fiscal conditions.

  • Energy Transition Facility (ETF)

    The Energy Transition Facility supports countries in the MENA region with their transition to a more sustainable energy supply. Projects are focused on collaboration at policy level.

  • European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM)

    The European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) is a multi-stakeholder partnership. It aims to create better social and economic conditions for mine workers and local mining communities. From 14 August 2018, companies, NGOs, public or semi-public bodies and knowledge institutions can submit their ideas for projects that are linked to the mineral supply chain from CAHRAs.

  • Fund against Child Labour (FBK)

    The Fund against Child Labour (FBK) helps entrepreneurs eliminate child labour. International entrepreneurs interested in actively tackling child labour in their production chain can apply for a subsidy. This facility is temporarily closed.

    Apply Open
  • Horizon 2020 | Research and Innovation

    Horizon 2020 grants EC funding to research and innovation projects on climate change, the ageing population, food safety & security and affordable renewable energy.

  • Innovation credit

    The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy gives SMEs financial support for risky innovation projects, filling a gap in the capital market.

  • Matchmaking Facility (MMF)

    Entrepreneurs from developing countries and upcoming markets looking for a Dutch entrepreneur as business partner can use the MMF matchmaking programme.

  • Netherlands-MENA Partnership (Shiraka)

    Shiraka is a Dutch programme dedicated to contributing to the political developments in the Middle East and North Africa (the MENA region). It aims to support sustainable democratic transition.

    Register Open
  • Proof-of-concept funding

    Proof-of-concept funding has been established to help businesses and ensure that an idea develops from the planning phase into the startup phase. It is for both innovative startups and existing SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises).

  • Residence permit for foreign startups

    Ambitious entrepreneurs can apply for a temporary residence permit in the Netherlands. This residence permit scheme for startups allows the application one full year to launch an innovative business.

  • SDG Partnership facility (SDGP)

    Is your organisation a company, public institution, NGO or knowledge institution? And do you want to cooperate in a public-private partnership in order to contribute to sustainable development goals (SDGs) in developing countries? If so, then your project can receive support. This facility is temporarily closed. It is currently not possible to apply for a grant.

    Temporarily closed
  • Seed capital

    The Innovation funds for SMEs builds on existing financing tools. One of these is the Seed capital arrangement.

  • Starters International Business (SIB)

    With its Starters International Business (SIB) programme, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs helps entrepreneurs move into foreign markets.

  • Subsidy scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation projects (DHI)

    The DHI scheme supports Dutch enterprises (including enterprises in the overseas parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) who would like to invest in or execute a project in emerging markets and in developing countries. The DHI scheme is closed at the moment. Starting 15 January 2019, Dutch enterprises can apply for DHI. Complete applications will be judged according to the principle of ‘first come first serve’ and based on DHI criteria . There are two separate budgets, one for DGGF countries and one for other countries.

  • WBSO (R&D tax credit)

    Using the WBSO (Wet Bevordering Speur- & Ontwikkelingswerk/Act for the Stimulation of Research & Development), companies can lower the wage costs for R&D and other R&D costs and expenditures, such as prototypes or research equipment. You can deduct the tax benefit in your tax return to the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration.



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