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Subsidies and programmes

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Subsidy for public-private partnerships whose projects contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries.

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If your organisation is a business, NGO or financial institution that would like to contribute to affordable and sustainable energy for all those who live in developing countries, your project could be eligible for support from the SDG 7 Results: Access to renewable energy facility.
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Financing for companies registered in the Netherlands who want to boost Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) within their value chain with civil society organisations.

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International programme that supports actions and interventions in developing countries, to develop inclusive and sustainable land governance. Only Dutch Embassies can apply for this programme.

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The demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation studies (DHI) is a subsidy for SMEs with international ambitions in emerging markets and developing countries. The DHI programme helps SMEs test the feasibility of their concepts abroad, so that more Dutch companies can successfully contribute to sustainable development in these regions.

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Subsidy for international entrepreneurs to help them actively combat child labour in their production chain.

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The Netherlands Enterprise Agency initiated the 'Clean Cooking Sector Support Programme' to strengthen coordination and innovation in the clean cooking sector by supporting stakeholder organisations in Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Ethiopia and Bangladesh. The program has no subsidy scheme, therefore it is not possible to submit a funding application.

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A government-to-government instrument that focuses on sending project teams across the globe to give expert advice on disaster prevention. The Dutch government covers the entire disaster management cycle with DRR: from mitigation, preparedness and response to recovery.

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Grant for organisations, NGOs, public or semi-public organisations and knowledge institutes that operate in a partnership to improve the mineral supply chain from CAHRAs. Applicants can be registered in any country.

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Do you want to invest in your agricultural or horticultural company? Does your company generate turnover in the primary agricultural sector? Do you want to switch to organic farming? If this is the case, you can apply for a credit guarantee for agriculture (BL) from the bank. The government guarantees part of your funding.

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Dutch Surge Support responds to calls for water-related disaster relief around the globe. At the request of humanitarian organisations, the DSS water initiative rapidly deploys Dutch water experts to assist in emergency situations.

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The Energy Transition Facility supports countries in the MENA region with their transition to a more sustainable energy supply. Projects focus on collaboration at policy level, and national governments can submit a proposal.
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Do you need more collateral to borrow money for your enterprise? Ask your financier to inform you about the credit guarantee for SMEs (BMKB). This credit scheme increases your company’s collateral and thus the financing options of your company, now and in the future.

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The Sustainable Water Fund programme (FDW) is a Public-Private Partnership facility that aims to contribute to water safety and water security in developing countries. This facility is closed. You can no longer apply for a grant.

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The Product Development Partnerships III Fund (PDP III) contributes to innovation in the areas of healthcare products and technologies, focusing on development and availability of affordable, effective medicines to combat diseases and conditions related to poverty and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

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Creative Twinning is a subsidy scheme which assists in the development of cultural activities in countries bordering the EU. These activities strengthen mutual links, increase trust and improve communication between the Netherlands and the countries involved.

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Bridge credit for small enterprises with a small financing need for losses suffered or losses to be expected due to COVID-19.

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Stimulation of sustainable energy production and climate transition (SDE++) is a subsidy for the production of renewable energy or applying CO2-reducing techniques in sectors such as industry, mobility, electricity, agriculture and the built environment. This, to ensure that the energy transition in the Netherlands remains feasible and affordable.

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Energising Development (EnDev) provides energy services in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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The programme Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities Asia addresses the challenge of water crises in urban areas in collaboration with the cities of Chennai (India), Khulna (Bangladesh) and Semarang (Indonesia). Find out more.

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Initiative helping public-private partnerships to work towards sustainable development goals.

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Tax scheme for companies which invest in energy-saving technology and sustainable energy.

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Financing for companies in low and middle income countries that want to improve the infrastructure and thus stimulate the local business climate.

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Reimbursement of fixed costs for SMEs due to loss of turnover because of COVID-19. TVL follows the Reimbursement for economic loss due to COVID-19 programme.

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The Facility for Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security (FDOV) encourages public-private partnerships in the field of food security and private sector development in developing countries. The facility is closed. You can no longer apply for a subsidy.

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Financing for the development phase of infrastructure projects. This funding supports the development projects of foreign governments with a view to having a positive impact on man, the environment and society.

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Do you have an SME registered in the Kingdom of the Netherlands? Have your international activities been affected by the coronavirus crisis? With the Kickstart voucher, you can hire an external advisor to help you limit the consequences of the crisis on your business abroad.

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ORIO encouraged public-infrastructure development in developing countries, contributing to the realisation of a functional public infrastructure that is relevant to development. In 2015, its successor DRIVE was launched.

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The Netherlands Enterprise Agency organises tenders for the construction of wind farms. Applications can be submitted in these tenders for - if necessary - a subsidy, a permit, physical data from the wind areas and a connection to TenneT's electricity network.

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Subsidy for healthcare providers who want to scale up existing eHealth applications together with a buyer. The aim of the application should be to allow people to live in their homes independently and for longer. You can apply for SET up until and including 31 December 2021.

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Tax scheme for entrepreneurs who invest in environmentally friendly technology, listed on the Environmental list.

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Financing for investment funds which invest venture capital in innovative entreprises in the technology and creative sectors.

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Would you like to improve your chances in a new or foreign market? Are you looking for new networks and customers for your product or service abroad? Do you want to export or improve your sales figures? If so, the Mission voucher from the Starters International Business programme (SIB) could be a good option for you. This voucher lets you take part in an international trade mission or trade fair.

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The Ghana WASH Window (GWW-FDW) from the Sustainable Water Fund (FDW) is an important element of the Ghana Netherlands WASH programme. Access to safe drinking water and a human environment free from disease are fundamental necessities and recognised human rights.

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Proof-of-concept funding has been established to help businesses and ensure that an idea develops from the planning phase into the startup phase. It is for both innovative startups and existing SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises).

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Collaborative programme and diplomatic support for Dutch clusters of companies within the (top) sectors that want to collaborate when doing business abroad.

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Have you found a country where you feel your product will have the best opportunities? Would you like more help to start doing business abroad? If so, the Market Entry voucher from the Starters International Business programme (SIB) could be an option for you. This voucher helps you pay for the cost of hiring an external expert to help you.

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Horizon 2020 grants EC funding to research and innovation projects on climate change, the ageing population, food safety & security and affordable renewable energy.

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Public-private partnerships (PPPs) and Top consortia for Knowledge and Innovation (TKIs) can apply for a PPP allowance. Every euro that private companies spend supporting research organisations in R&D cooperation generates an allowance of €0.30 from the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. This allowance must be used for R&D.

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Are you an SME owner and do you have little to no experience with doing business in international markets? Are you willing to invest time and money to expand your activities abroad? If so, the SIB Coaching voucher from the Starters International Business programme (SIB) could be an option for you. This voucher helps you cover the cost of individual assistance and support.

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Though the programme has now ended, the objectives of PSI were to stimulate financial growth, create employment opportunities and generate income. Read more about the results of the PSI programme.

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The Dutch Trade and Investment Fund (DTIF) provides loans, guarantees and export finance to Dutch entrepreneurs wanting to invest in or export to foreign markets. Find out more.

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Do you lack sufficient collateral as an SME entrepreneur to get a bank loan? Ask your financial advisor about the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme. The SME Credit Guarantee Scheme helps companies by enlarging their collateral through government loans. Companies do need to be viable enough to apply.

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Would you like to improve your chances in an international market? Are you looking for new networks and customers for your product or service in another country? Do you want to export to another country or improve your sales figures? If so, it is a good idea to take part in a trade fair in another country. We can help you by making a financial contribution towards your trade fair participation costs. We do this via the Starters International Business programme (SIB).

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Tax credit for companies which carry out research and development projects. You can deduct the R&D costs from your tax return. Self-employed entrepreneurs receive a fixed amount and there are extra benefits for startups.

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Credit to develop promising and challenging innovations with an excellent market perspective. Both start-ups and established companies (large or small) can apply for Innovation Credit.

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Shiraka is a Dutch programme dedicated to contributing to the political developments in the Middle East and North Africa (the MENA region). It aims to support sustainable democratic transition.

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Voucher for SMEs taking part in trade missions or fairs to stimulate export.

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Eurostars is a subsidy for SME-entrepreneurs who work with international partners in the high-tech R&D business. When your R&D results in marketable products, processes or services and you have partnered with at least 2 Eurostar member states you can apply for a Eurostars subsidy.

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Subsidy for companies active in the field of renewable energy in developing countries to employ a young professional.

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Life Sciences & Health for Development (LS&H4D) is a Public-Private Partnership facility. The Dutch government implements this policy jointly with businesses, research institutions and public sector organisations. In this way, Dutch expertise can be used to develop innovative solutions for public health issues in developing countries.

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Discount on hiring an external advisor to help with international plans. The voucher is for SME owners that want to expand their business to a specific market abroad, where they are not active. 

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Compensation for employers' costs (internship or traineeship) for supporting pupils, students or participants, who follow an education in fields which do not have enough qualified personnel or academic staff. Only Dutch businesses may apply.

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DSS MHPSS gives mental health and psychosocial support in situations of armed conflict, refugee crises, and natural disasters.

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Are you a Dutch entrepreneur interested in emerging markets or developing countries? Then you may be eligible for the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF).

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Reimbursement for Dutch companies as a result of economic loss due to governmental COVID-19 measures.

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The Transition Facility (TF) was a programme that encouraged Dutch SMEs and knowledge institutions to become active on the up-and-coming markets in Colombia, Vietnam and South Africa. It is no longer possible to apply for this subsidy.

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EET is a training programme for managers in the sustainable energy sector from Southeast Asia and South America. It involves sharing knowledge and experience.

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Do you need credit? Do you find it challenging to get a loan or guarantee from a bank? The government can help you with the Corporate Financing Guarantee (GO).

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