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).

The 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.


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

You may apply for a subsidy of no more than € 475,000 for each project, representing a maximum of 70% of the total eligible costs. The 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 the criteria which apply to projects can be found in the Government Gazette or read this unofficial translation of the rules.

The 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.
  • Use the quick scan form to request an advisory procedure, and send the quick scan to
  • You may apply for a subsidy from 4 February until 15:00 CET on 2 December 2019 via Apply for Fund against Child Labour.

The 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.

Step-by-step plan

To participate in the FBK programme, you will have to go through 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 RVO adviser will then 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 a 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 and read the Fund against Child Labour background document (Achtergronddocument Fonds Bestrijding Kinderarbeid) (in Dutch).


Worldwide, 152 million children are participating in labour. We use the term child labour to refer to children who are too young to work or do work that is too hard or dangerous for them, and when that work 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 (RVO) commissions the 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 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:

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