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Fund against Child Labour - FBK


This programme is closed; you can no longer apply.

Do you represent an international company? Do you want to end child labour in your production chain? Find out if you can get support from the Fund against Child Labour (FBK).

FBK helps Dutch companies that:

  • research the root causes of child labour in their production chain;
  • take actions to prevent child labour at a local level;
  • taking measures to prevent child labour in their businesses.
We can support your project with a subsidy and a knowledge project. We inform you, advise you, and share knowledge.


FBK is a five-year subsidy programme (2018 – 2022) with several opportunities to submit project applications. In 2020, the budget is 5.5 million euros.

You may apply for a subsidy of €475,000 for each project, representing a maximum of 70% of the total eligible costs. FBK will subsidise at least 11 projects each year.


  • If you apply for a subsidy for activities aimed at combatting child labour, you must carry out those activities in partnership within four years.
  • You can find all the details of the FBK administrative rules and our project criteria in the unofficial translation of the Government Gazette.
  • FBK accepts applications for countries on the List of recipients of Official Development Assistance (pdf).


One of the conditions to apply is that your company finds partners. Your company must have partners with:

  • other companies in the same sector;
  • other organisations, such as NGOs or sector organisations;
  • local parties, such as local authorities, schools, children and parents.

Your partnership consists of at least:

  • 1 Dutch company
  • 1 NGO, and
  • 1 local company.

If you do not have a partnership with a local company yet, please explain in the project proposal how you will include a local company in your project. Only a Dutch company can apply for a subsidy.

How to apply

Please note that this programme is closed; you can no longer apply.
  • Contact us for a noncommittal orientation interview. Please send your email to
  • Complete the quick scan for our advice. Please send it to
  • You can apply for a subsidy from 24 February until 5 November 15:00 CET 2020 via our apply page. There you will also find all forms to send with your application.
  • FBK operates on the first come first serve principle, which means that we will assess complete subsidy applications in the order in which we receive them.

After your application

  • You will hear from us within 13 weeks.
  • It is important that the lead partner reports about the progress of the project. In the subsidy decision, you can find the reporting moments. See Project Administration for the formats of the progress and final report.

Step-by-step plan

To participate in the FBK programme, please follow three steps. If your company has already taken certain steps, you may be able to skip those in consultation with us.

  1. Orientation
  2. Local impact research
  3. Implementation


You may apply for a subsidy for the following types of projects:

A. local impact research: in-depth research into child labour on-site and in the industry;
B. on-site activities to end child labour in combination with due diligence measures in your industry.

You may apply for a subsidy for projects A and B.

You may apply for project B after you have implemented project A. In this case, we will check if the research results meet the criteria set out in the Government Gazette.

Project administration

The lead party must periodically report on the progress of the project. Use the following formats:

Looking for inspiration?


Worldwide, 152 million children are participating in labour. We use the term child labour for children who are too young to work, do work that is too hard or dangerous for them and do work that keeps them from going to school. A lack of education can block the development of children and society as a whole. Child labour is not only a result of poverty but also an important cause.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals state that child labour should be eliminated by 2025 at the latest. Together with FBK, your business can help to achieve this goal by ending child labour. The infographic Ending child labour, how do we get there? shows how FBK contributes to SDG 8.7; ending child labour in all its forms by 2025.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency commissions FBK on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

Frequently asked questions

For more information on FBK, see our frequently asked questions.