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How to apply for DRIVE


Do you wish to make an active contribution to creating public infrastructure in a DRIVE country by offering your solution for an infrastructural problem? Then you might be eligible for a DRIVE contribution. The DRIVE contribution allows you to make an attractive financing offer, which will increase your chances of realizing the project.

This enables the local authorities to make the market apply international sustainable infrastructure solutions. If your company is interested in a project which improves living standards and the business climate in developing countries, you can discuss your proposal with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency ( The aim is to make the project bankable via DRIVE, so that the government can launch a competitive tender. The Netherlands will monitor the application of international standards in the procurement process (IFC Performance Standards) and ensure a level playing field.


Tender participants

DRIVE is intended for companies planning to participate in a tender for the realisation of infrastructure. In case a foundation, an association, or a company in incorporation wants to apply for a DRIVE subsidy, a careful assessment will be needed of all basic requirements for the lead applicant, as specified in the tender documents (going to be) published by the tendering authority.

See the overview of open tenders for infrastructural projects within the programmes DRIVE, D2B and ORIO.


Number of applications

There is no limitation as to the number of applications per company for different DRIVE projects. Also, different companies can apply for a subsidy for the same DRIVE project.


Application process

The application process consists of three 3 subsequent steps.

Step 1 (not mandatory though strongly advised)

Fill out the Quick Scan form, enter your specific project idea here and send it to We will be in touch with you as soon as possible. The financing specialist at the Netherlands Enterprise Agency will examine the Quick Scan of your plan and issue a recommendation on initiating the intake procedure.

Please note: You are not required to fill out a Quick Scan. But we strongly recommend doing so in order to save time.

Step 2 (required)

The intake procedure takes at least two months. During this period we will assess whether your project meets the requirements of development relevance and ICSR (among other things), and we will advise you in designing a financial arrangement.

Please note: If your company plans to enrol in a tender for the realisation of public infrastructure, you should apply at least four months before the start of the tender in order for RVO to complete the intake and evaluation of the request before the start of the tender. Requests for intakes will not be honoured for projects for which the tendering procedure has already started or has been completed.

Step 3 (required)

If your project meets all requirements, you will be eligible to submit an official application. The application process takes about two months. A decision will be made on whether you will receive DRIVE funding no later than two weeks before closing of the tendering procedure.


We strongly recommend that you read the Manual for DRIVE application procedure (pdf) for further details.