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Tips and advice on how to apply for subsidies

This information is provided by: Netherlands Enterprise Agency

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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 relevant organisation.


  • Before you submit your application, always contact the organisation that administers the scheme. Many subsidy providers 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.


  • The Netherlands Enterprise Agency will assist when applying for European subsidies in most cases. Their account manager SME Finance (Dutch) will help you find opportunities for funding.
  • Ondernemersplein.nl provides you with information on business financing (Dutch). You can also contact the Netherlands Chamber of Commerce about this topic (Help desk business finance).
  • The Entrepreneur Loan DeskExternal link (Dutch) of VNO-NCW/MKB and the Dutch Banking Association can supply information and provide advice about loans. You can also submit a complaint here about loan granting by your bank.
  • The Ideal CompassExternal link (IdealenKompas) (Dutch) is an online reference to financiers, social organisations, (semi)public bodies, companies and persons who support a social initiative with paid or unpaid advice. Het Ideal Compass makes new forms of funding accessible.
  • The Entrepreneur Sounding Board AssociationExternal link (Ondernemersklankbord) (Dutch) will help (starting) entrepreneurs through consultation with experienced former entrepreneurs.

This information is provided by:

Netherlands Enterprise Agency

Any further questions?

Netherlands Enterprise Agency +31 (0)88 602 44 44