Subsidies and programmes
Do you want to grow your business? Or, develop a collaborative project for sustainable development? The Netherlands Enterprise Agency administers financial support in the form of subsidies and programmes on behalf of various ministries and the European Union.
We invite startups, companies, NGOs and other types of organisations to check if you are eligible for a funding in the list below. Please note that we have selected the subsidies and programmes that are open for international organisations.
Subsidy for international entrepreneurs to help them actively combat child labour in their production chain.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency initiated the 'Clean Cooking Sector Support Programme' to strengthen coordination and innovation in the clean cooking sector by supporting stakeholder organisations in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The program has no subsidy scheme, therefore it is not possible to submit a funding application.
Subsidy for public-private partnerships whose projects contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries.
Financing for companies registered in the Netherlands who want to boost Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) within their value chain with civil society organisations.
International programme that supports actions and interventions in emerging markets, to develop inclusive and sustainable land governance. Dutch Embassies can apply on behalf of a collective from the region with local stakeholders.
The demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation studies (DHI) is a subsidy for SMEs with international ambitions in emerging markets and developing countries. The DHI programme helps SMEs test the feasibility of their concepts abroad, so that more Dutch companies can successfully contribute to sustainable development in these regions.
Though the programme has now ended, the objectives of PSI were to stimulate financial growth, create employment opportunities and generate income. Read more about the results of the PSI programme.
The Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF) provides loans, guarantees and export finance to Dutch entrepreneurs wanting to invest in or export to foreign markets. Find out more.
Credit to develop promising and challenging innovations with an excellent market perspective. Both start-ups and established companies (large or small) can apply for Innovation Credit.
Tax credit for companies which carry out research and development projects. You can deduct the R&D costs from your tax return. Self-employed entrepreneurs receive a fixed amount and there are extra benefits for startups.
Eurostars is a subsidy for SME-entrepreneurs who work with international partners in the high-tech R&D business. When your R&D results in marketable products, processes or services and you have partnered with at least 2 Eurostar member states you can apply for a Eurostars subsidy.
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.
Voucher for SMEs taking part in trade missions or fairs to stimulate export.
Compensation for employers' costs (internship or traineeship) for supporting pupils, students or participants, who follow an education in fields which do not have enough qualified personnel or academic staff. Only Dutch businesses may apply.
Life Sciences & Health for Development (LS&H4D) is a Public-Private Partnership facility. The Dutch government implements this policy jointly with businesses, research institutions and public sector organisations. In this way, Dutch expertise can be used to develop innovative solutions for public health issues in developing countries.
The International Clean Energy Partnership (ICEP) focuses on promoting trade and helps small Dutch businesses that offer renewable energy products and services abroad.
Are you a Dutch entrepreneur interested in emerging markets or developing countries? Then you may be eligible for the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF).
EET is a training programme for managers in the sustainable energy sector from Southeast Asia and South America. It involves sharing knowledge and experience.
Reimbursement for Dutch companies as a result of economic loss due to governmental COVID-19 measures.
The Transition Facility (TF) was a programme that encouraged Dutch SMEs and knowledge institutions to become active on the up-and-coming markets in Colombia, Vietnam and South Africa. It is no longer possible to apply for this subsidy.
Grant for organisations, NGOs, public or semi-public organisations and knowledge institutes that operate in a partnership to improve the mineral supply chain from CAHRAs. Applicants can be registered in any country.
Do you need credit? Do you find it challenging to get a loan or guarantee from a bank? The government can help you with the Corporate Financing Guarantee (GO).
A government-to-government instrument that focuses on sending project teams across the globe to give expert advice on disaster prevention. The Dutch government covers the entire disaster management cycle with DRR: from mitigation, preparedness and response to recovery.
Do you want to invest in your agricultural or horticultural company? Does your company generate turnover in the primary agricultural sector? Do you want to switch to organic farming? If this is the case, you can apply for a credit guarantee for agriculture (BL) from the bank. The government guarantees part of your funding.
Dutch Surge Support responds to calls for water-related disaster relief around the globe. At the request of humanitarian organisations, the DSS water initiative rapidly deploys Dutch water experts to assist in emergency situations.
Creative Twinning is a subsidy scheme which assists in the development of cultural activities in countries bordering the EU. These activities strengthen mutual links, increase trust and improve communication between the Netherlands and the countries involved.
Do you need more collateral to borrow money for your enterprise? Ask your financier to inform you about the credit guarantee for SMEs (BMKB). This credit scheme increases your company’s collateral and thus the financing options of your company, now and in the future.
The Product Development Partnerships III Fund (PDP III) contributes to innovation in the areas of healthcare products and technologies, focusing on development and availability of affordable, effective medicines to combat diseases and conditions related to poverty and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).
The programme Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia addresses the challenge of water crises in urban areas in collaboration with the cities of Chennai (India), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Semarang (Indonesia). Find out more.
The Sustainable Water Fund programme (FDW) is a Public-Private Partnership facility that aims to contribute to water safety and water security in developing countries. This facility is closed. You can no longer apply for a grant.
The Energising Development Partnership Programme (EnDev) facilitates permanent access to energy services for rural and peri-urban areas mainly.
Stimulation of Sustainable Energy Production (SDE+) is a subsidy for the production of renewable energy in the Netherlands. Renewable energy comes from clean and limitless sources. It is better for our planet, makes us less dependent on fossil fuels and benefits the economy.
Financing for companies in low and middle income countries that want to improve the infrastructure and thus stimulate the local business climate.
Tax scheme for companies which invest in energy-saving technology and sustainable energy.
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.
The Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) encourages public-private partnerships in the field of food security and private sector development in developing countries. The facility is closed. You can no longer apply for a grant.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency organises tenders for the construction of wind farms. Applications can be submitted in these tenders for - if necessary - a subsidy, a permit, physical data from the wind areas and a connection to TenneT's electricity network.
ORIO encouraged public-infrastructure development in developing countries, contributing to the realisation of a functional public infrastructure that is relevant to development. In 2015, its successor DRIVE was launched.
Tax scheme for entrepreneurs who invest in environmentally friendly technology, listed on the Environmental list.
Financing for investment funds which invest venture capital in innovative entreprises in the technology and creative sectors.
Collaborative programme and diplomatic support for Dutch clusters of companies within the (top) sectors that want to collaborate when doing business abroad.
The Ghana WASH Window (GWW-FDW) from the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) is an important element of the Ghana Netherlands WASH programme. Access to safe drinking water and a human environment free from disease are fundamental necessities and recognised human rights.
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).
Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and Top consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs) can apply for a PPP allowance. Every euro that private companies spend supporting research organisations in R&D cooperation generates an allowance of €0.30 from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. This allowance must be used for R&D.
Horizon 2020 grants EC funding to research and innovation projects on climate change, the ageing population, food safety & security and affordable renewable energy.
Do you lack sufficient collateral as an SME entrepreneur to get a bank loan? Ask your financial advisor about the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme. The SME Credit Guarantee Scheme helps companies by enlarging their collateral through government loans. Companies do need to be viable enough to apply.