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Subsidy scheme Improving Sustainability of SMEs (SVM)

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Do you have an SME and do you want to improve your company’s sustainability? The subsidy scheme for improving sustainability of SMEs (Subsidieregeling Verduurzaming MKB, SVM) enables you to hire a specialised adviser for advice on decreasing your company’s carbon footprint. The SVM also subsidises indirect costs to carry out one or more of the recommendations.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for the SVM you need to prove you will carry out, or have already carried out, 1 or more of the adviser’s recommendations. For instance:

  • make changes to your company building, such as adding isolation or LED lighting
  • apply sustainable technologies, such as solar panels or heat pumps
  • take other energy-saving measures, such as replacing company cars, kitchen or office appliances for more sustainable alternatives

Furthermore, your SME has to meet certain criteria (in Dutch):

  • Your company has at most of 250 full-time employees.
  • Your annual turnover is less than €50 million.
  • You own or rent 1 or more buildings (or building space) in the Netherlands.
  • Your company is not obliged to report energy-saving measures.

Please note: the SVM is not meant to pay for the costs of investing in energy-saving measures.

How to apply?

You can apply for the SVM subsidy (in Dutch) to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) from 1 October 2021, 9:00 hours until 30 September 2022, 17:00 hours. You need eHerkenning level 2+ with authorisation for RVO services level eH2+ to apply.

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