Frequently asked questions about the Fund against Child Labour (FBK)

The following is a list of frequently asked questions about the Fund against Child Labour. If you have a question which is not listed here, please contact us.


Differences between FBK 2017 and FBK 2018/2019

The Fund against Child Labour (FBK) programme in 2018/2019 differs in terms of content from the first FBK scheme in 2017. The changes result of the evaluation of the scheme in 2017.

The key differences are:

FBK 2017FBK 2018 – 2019
Non-recurring scheme.Five-year scheme involving several opportunities to apply for a subsidy.
Option for due diligence or multi-stakeholder initiative research.Combination of due diligence and multi-stakeholder initiative research based on a step-by-step approach. The first step is the orientation phase. A subsidy may not be applied for until the risk analysis has been performed.
The maximum project duration for multi-stakeholder initiative research is two years.The maximum project duration is four years.
A distinction is made between sectors as regards the allocation of the available subsidy.No distinction is made between sectors.
The CSR policy is based on OECD guidelinesIn addition to adhering to OECD guidelines, the lead agency is now also obliged to have a clear integrity policy in place to prevent sexual intimidation and other unacceptable and deviant behaviour. This was prompted by the Oxfam GB abuse case.


Can sector organisations apply for a subsidy from the Fund against Child Labour?

Yes, in the following situations they can:
If the sector organisation meets the definition of an NGO (see Government Gazette, in Dutch), it can apply for a subsidy as an NGO.

If the sector organisation is not an NGO, then it should apply for a subsidy as a company, under the condition that it is in a partnership with another company which potentially has child labour in its production chain.

I want to carry out project A and B, what do I need to fill in for project B in annex Ia?

You need to fill in Part 5 ‘Looking ahead towards a project plan on structural embedding (project B)’ as well as possible, preferably in terms of the results you want to achieve and possible activities.
However, you do not necessarily need to fill in the second part of the project plan, ‘project B’. This can be done during the execution and finalisation of project A. You can also complete this part in advance and submit it to for a go/no go decision. Please note that the amount of subsidy agreed upon at the start cannot be increased. Take this into account when filling in the budget tool.


I want to carry out project A and B, but the exact budget for project B is not yet known. What should I fill in in the budget tool (Annex II)?

When you apply for a combination of project A and B you have to fill in a budget for both projects. Even if you do not yet know exactly what the budget for project B will be. Then you need to fill in your estimate for the total budget as fully as possible in Annex II (the budget tool)  as you are applying for a total grant amount for both projects.

After completing project A, you have to provide a Plan of Approach. In this document, you translate your insights from project  A into activities and results. A specification for the budget for project B is part of the Plan of Approach. During this phase,  you can submit a request to make changes to the budget. Take into account that we cannot increase the total subsidy amount once  project A has been completed. However, we can lower the subsidy amount.

What do you fill in and where?


  • Fill in the estimated budget for project B in the budget tool (Annex II) under Result 5. Under F. Costs Related to Third Parties fill in the amount with a short description.
  • Describe in general terms what you intend to do with the budget in Annex Ia of question 5.2.

Can I submit a subsidy request if I do not yet know which NGO will participate?

Yes, you can but your application will be incomplete. Please note, only when your application is complete, will it be eligible for the available budget. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will consider applications in order of completed submissions.


What forms or documents have to be included in Annex V?

In the Administrative Rules, the following is stated:

To be eligible for a grant, the lead party must demonstrate that it and its partners endeavour to prevent serious sexual and other misconducts and other serious forms of inappropriate behaviour towards employees and other individuals when implementing the proposed activities, and that in the event of such incidents, they will act as promptly as possible to put an end to the misconduct or inappropriate behaviour and mitigate the consequences.

Through its integrity policy, code of conduct(s) or other relevant documents, the lead party shows:

  • What the company understands by sexual harassment and cross-border behavior by ‘sexual intimidation and other forms of inappropriate behaviour’;
  • What kind of reporting procedure is present within the company in case of sexual intimidation or other cross-border behaviour;
  • The handling procedure for these kinds of reports or signals;
  • What actions are taken should the presence of sexual intimidation or other inappropriate behaviour be confirmed;
  • the way in which the company reports on this and reports to the authorities, including donors.

What kind of behaviour falls under ‘sexual and other misconducts and other serious forms of inappropriate behaviour towards employees and other individuals’?

At any case, this concerns punishable and prohibited behaviour according to the standards of Dutch legislation. In addition, serious misconducts can occur which are strictly speaking not punishable or illegal, but which are within the context of the own integrity policy and code of conducts indicated as severe and which can, for example, lead to (immediate) dismissal or other heavy disciplinary measures.

Does only the lead party have to show relevant documents related to the integrity policy?

Yes. The other partners will have to declare to comply with the integrity policy of the lead party. They do so in the Partner Form (Annex III).

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