DHI

Subsidy for entrepreneurs with international ambitions and an interest in foreign markets

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DHI in brief

Are you an entrepreneur who wants to carry out a project or invest in a company abroad? If so, you may be able to apply for the subsidy scheme for demonstration projects, feasibility studies and investment preparation projects (DHI). This is a scheme, run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to encourage Dutch entrepreneurs to conduct successful international business. The scheme is one of the ways that the Netherlands is making a positive contribution to sustainable local development in developing countries.

    Who is it for?

    • SMEs with international ambitions

    What is it for?

    DHI is a subsidy for a demonstration project, a feasibility study or an investment preparation project and is primarily aimed at Dutch SMEs. This scheme is open to companies established in the Netherlands or the Caribbean part of the Kingdom. The subsidy applies to initiatives in all countries and sectors, except when international sanctions apply.

    Subsidy amount

    For a feasibility study or investment preparation project, you can receive a maximum subsidy of € 100,000. For a demonstration project, the maximum amount is € 200,000. The available budget in 2021 is € 4 million for developing countries on the Dutch government’s DGGF list. For other – developed – countries, the budget has run out.

    Criteria
    • you are an SME in the Netherlands or the Dutch Caribbean
    • or you have a larger company and you collaborate with a Dutch SME
    • you have international ambitions and an interest in foreign markets
    • your project costs are at least € 50,000
    • your project meets the guidelines for international corporate social responsibility (you cannot apply for a grant for coal, oil or gas projects abroad).
    • you are applying for a grant for 1 target country (the country where the project will take place).

    Purpose of the subsidy

    The purpose of the DHI is to enable Dutch companies to conduct successful international business. This is good for the entrepreneur, good for the Netherlands and, if business is done in a developing country, good for sustainable local development.

    Type of projects

    Demonstration projects
    This is your opportunity to demonstrate that your product or service works well and has added value in the target country.

    Feasibility studies
    This allows you to investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of the project. The resulting business plan helps you to convince the potential client/customer. This increases the chance of export orders for your company. With a feasibility study, the initiative lies with the foreign partner who is interested in the technology, product or service of the Dutch company.

    Investment preparation projects
    Do you want to invest abroad? Then you can research the technical and commercial feasibility of the investment. The outcome, a detailed business plan, will enable you to make a well-founded decision and apply for financing. The initiative in an investment preparation project lies with the Dutch entrepreneur. 

    As an Innovation Consultant and Business Developer, I am constantly identifying opportunities, setting up initiatives and shaping projects. My goal is to accelerate my clients’ sustainable innovations and investments.

    As an Innovation Consultant and Business Developer, I am constantly identifying opportunities, setting up initiatives and shaping projects. My goal is to accelerate my clients’ sustainable innovations and investments.

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