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DHI subsidy scheme

Are you an innovative SME with international ambitions in emerging markets and developing countries? Do you want to invest in a foreign company or carry out a project abroad? Or do you want to convince possible customers of the potential of your technology? Then you can apply for the subsidy scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation projects (DHI).

3 modules

The DHI scheme consists of 3 modules:

  • Demonstration projects: presentation of 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 the 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 us when you are not sure if this applies to your project.

For information in Dutch, check international sanctions and www.rijksoverheid.nl.

More information in Dutch

Our Dutch website gives more information on DHI in Dutch.

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 to sustainable local improvements in developing countries.