Subsidies & Programmes

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This page provides a selection of the programmes run by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (programmes translated into English). For a full overview: (in Dutch)

  • Innovation credit

    The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy gives SMEs financial support for risky innovation projects, filling a gap in the capital market.

  • Matchmaking Facility (MMF)

    Entrepreneurs from developing countries and upcoming markets looking for a Dutch entrepreneur as business partner can use the MMF matchmaking programme.

  • Starters International Business (SIB)

    With its Starters International Business (SIB) programme, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs helps entrepreneurs move into foreign markets.

  • Subsidy scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation projects (DHI)

    The DHI scheme supports Dutch enterprises (including enterprises in the overseas parts of the Kingdom of the Netherlands) who would like to invest in or execute a project in emerging markets and in developing countries. The DHI scheme is closed at the moment. Starting 15 January 2019, Dutch enterprises can apply for DHI. Complete applications will be judged according to the principle of ‘first come first serve’ and based on DHI criteria . There are two separate budgets, one for DGGF countries and one for other countries.

  • WBSO (R&D tax credit)

    Using the WBSO (Wet Bevordering Speur- & Ontwikkelingswerk/Act for the Stimulation of Research & Development), companies can lower the wage costs for R&D and other R&D costs and expenditures, such as prototypes or research equipment. You can deduct the tax benefit in your tax return to the Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration.



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