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.

 

3 modules

The DHI scheme consists of 3 modules:

  • Demonstration projects: presentation of a technology, capital goods or service in one of the DHI countries.
  • Feasibility studies: assessment of the profitability of a foreign investment in a product or service.
  • Investment preparation projects: assessment of the technical and commercial profitability of an investment in a company in one of the DHI countries.

For whom?

DHI focuses on SMEs in the Kingdom of the Netherlands with international ambitions and an interest in emerging markets and developing countries. The SME test tells you whether you are an SME entrepreneur.

Countries

The DHI scheme is open to projects in all countries, with the exception of the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and possibly countries that are subject to international sanctions.
Depending on where companies are located in the Kingdom of the Netherlands they can apply for DHI-projects in other parts of the Kingdom:

  • Companies located in Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba can apply for DHI projects in Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and all countries outside the Kingdom of the Netherlands. They cannot apply for the European part of the Kingdom, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba.
  • Companies located in Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten can apply for DHI projects in countries outside the Kingdom of Netherlands. They cannot apply for the European part of the Kingdom, Bonaire, Sint Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curacao and Sint Maarten.
  • Companies located in the European part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands can apply for DHI projects in Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius, Saba, Aruba, Curacao, Sint Maarten and countries outside the Kingdom. They cannot apply for the European part of the Kingdom.

International sanctions

Some countries are subject to international sanctions. Applications for DHI-projects in these countries are reviewed very carefully. Whenever a country is subject to international sanctions, it is possible that projects will not be eligible for DHI support.

Please contact RVO.nl when you are not sure whether this is applicable to your project. Please check for more information on international sanctions (in Dutch) www.rijksoverheid.nl.

 

More information

More information (in Dutch) can be found on our Dutch website.

Or call:

  • 088 042 42 42
  • from abroad: +31 70 379 80 00

Background

With the DHI scheme, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants to increase and strengthen the number of Dutch companies operating successfully in emerging markets and developing countries. By doing so, the ministry is making a positive contribution towards sustainable local improvements in developing countries.

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