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Government support for entrepreneurs

Applying for a subsidy

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

The government provides subsidies in order to stimulate certain commercial activities. Subsidies are contributions towards costs of projects relating to innovation or energy, for example. There are no general subsidies for start-up companies. There are however certain tax schemes for start-ups.

Most promising activities

You will find the most options for subsidies if you:

  • invest in energy-saving techniques;
  • export or invest in emerging markets;
  • would like to innovate by developing new products or processes.

Summary of financing options

  • The Netherlands Enterprise AgencyExternal link (Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland, RVO) provides a summary of financing options from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy (EZK). RVO will assist when applying for European subsidies in most cases. Their account manager SME Finance will help you find opportunities for funding.
  • RVO also gives a summary of new methods and examples of financing in their Financing Constructions ToolboxExternal link (Toolbox Financieringsconstructies) (in Dutch). This toolbox is an initiative from the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs and Kingdom Relations (BZK).
  • In their (Dutch-language) leaflet Doing business, save and innovate – The Government helpsExternal link (Onderneem, bespaar en innoveer – De overheid helpt), the Government of the Netherlands highlights various financing options from EZK and the Dutch Foreign Office.

How to apply for a subsidy

  • You cannot submit subsidy applications on this website. Instead you must contact the organisation that administers the scheme. Every subsidy description contains a link to the subsidy provider.
  • Before you submit your application, always contact the subsidy provider. They often employ consultants who can help you with your application.
  • Allow sufficient time for the application procedure, and submit your application in good time.
  • Apply for the subsidy before you start the activities. Projects that have already begun are normally no longer eligible.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Any further questions?

Please contact the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

+31 (0)88 602 44 44