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Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) programme

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Do you employ staff who do not speak Dutch well or lack digital or calculus skills (limited language skills)? Or do you run pre-school care and are you unable to communicate well with parents who do not speak Dutch well? You may be eligible for the Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) programme.

Tackling low literacy

Via Tel mee met Taal there is money available every year for activities aimed at preventing and reducing low literacy. Employers and organisations in the Netherlands, and in the Caribbean part of the Netherlands, may apply for the subsidy. Please note: There are some differences to the scheme for the European Netherlands.

You can apply for a maximum of € 125.000 and you do have to bear part of the cost yourself. The subsidy programme Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) consists of:

  • Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) employers: for employers who want to offer training to their employees with low literacy skills.
  • Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) parents: for organisations that want to invest in (language) skills of parents. For instance, schools, day cares, libraries, and youth healthcare institutions.
  • Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) experiments: for entrepreneurs and organisations that conduct short practical experiments to reach out to people with low literacy skills or to improve the quality of courses.

When do you qualify?

Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) employers

You may only use the subsidy for training of employees with a language level below 2F. The training needs to improve your employees’ language skills, calculus and/or digital skills. The training can also be offered to temporary staff, for instance, freelancers or agency workers who work for your company. As an employer, to be eligible, you need to fulfil certain conditions for the subsidy Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) employers.

Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) parents

The subsidy is meant to help out parents with low language skills. Organisations must apply together with at least 2 other parties for the Tel mee met Taal for parents subsidy. 1 of the parties must be a local library, a youth healthcare institution, an educational institution, or a preschool facility. A municipality must support the application. Read more about the conditions for Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) parents.

Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) experiments

A municipality must support your application for the subsidy. You also need to meet the conditions for Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) experiments.

How to apply

Employers can apply for the subsidy Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) employers (in Dutch) for 2021 from 1 June 2021 until (and including) 30 June 2021. You can apply to the Executive Agency for Subsidies for Institutions (Dienst Uitvoering Subsidies voor Instellingen, DUS-I). If you were already granted a subsidy from Tel mee met Taal employers in 2021 you cannot apply. You can apply again in 2022.

You can no longer apply for the 2021 subsidies for parents and for experiments. In 2022 new funds will be made available for this scheme.

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