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Fund against Child Labour - FBK

Are you an international entrepreneur? Then you may not always be aware of what is happening in your production chain, for example, whether child labour is taking place. Do you want to actively combat child labour in your production chain? Then you could be eligible for support from the Fund against Child Labour (FBK).

FBK helps Dutch businesses that:

  • want to carry out research locally into the root causes of child labour within their production chain and would like to take measures to prevent it at local level;
  • are taking measures to prevent child labour within their own businesses.
The Netherlands Enterprise Agency can support your project with a subsidy, as well as through a knowledge project incorporating information, advice and the exchange of knowledge.


FBK is a five-year subsidy programme (2018 – 2022) with several opportunities to submit project applications. In 2019, €9.17 million in subsidies is available.

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 combating child labour, you must carry out those activities within four years in partnership with other organisations. Details of the FBK policy rules and our criteria which apply to projects can be found in the Government Gazette or read this unofficial translation of the rules.

FBK accepts applications for countries on the List of recipients of Official Development Assistance (pdf).

How to apply

  • Contact us for a noncommittal orientation interview by sending an email to or calling +31 (0)88 042 42 42.
  • You can request an advisory procedure by filling in the quick scan form and sending it to
  • The application period for a subsidy was from 4 February until 2 December 2019 15:00 CET via Apply for Fund against Child Labour.
  • We are expecting the next tender round to open in the first quarter of 2020.

FBK operates on the first come first served principle, which means that we will assess complete subsidy applications in the order in which they are received.


Monday 2 March 2020

Step-by-step plan

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

  1. Orientation  – Request an interview and submit your idea for a project (quick scan). An adviser will provide you with advice on your project idea. Thereafter, you should submit your project proposal (subsidy application) and we will assess it.
  2. Research  (Project A) – Your subsidy application has received a positive assessment and you will begin your research.
  3. Implementation  (Project B) – You have completed your research and will start the activities.
You may apply for subsidy for projects A and B or just for project B if project A has already been implemented. In the latter case, we will test the research results against the criteria set out in the Government Gazette.

Looking for inspiration?

Have a look at the Fund against Child Labour subsidised projects launched in 2017.


Worldwide, 152 million children are participating in labour. We use the term child labour to refer to children who are too young to work, do work that is too hard or dangerous for them and to work that prevents them from receiving a proper or any education. A lack of education can hinder the development of individual children, and of society as a whole. This means that child labour is not only a consequence of poverty, but also a significant cause.

In the UN Sustainable Development Goals, it has been agreed that child labour should be eliminated by 2025 at the latest. Together with the Fund against Child Labour (FBK), your business can help to achieve this goal by combating child labour in a sustainable way, within the options available to you. The infographic Ending child labour, how do we get there? demonstrates 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.


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

A. local impact research: in-depth research into child labour on-site and within the business or businesses;
B. on-site activities to tackle child labour in conjunction with due diligence measures within your own business or businesses.

You may apply for a subsidy for projects A and B or just for B, if project A has already been implemented. In the latter case, we will test the research results against the criteria set out in the Government Gazette.

Project administration

For projects that are already active, the lead party must report to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency on the progress of the project periodically as determined in the grant decision. Use the following formats for your progress report and your final report, depending on the nature of the project: