Modal Shift

A subsidy for shifting the mode of transport from road to rail and water

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End date for applications for Modal Shift grant: September 1, 2021

MODAL SHIFT IN BRIEF

Modal Shift is a new subsidy for the transport sector. This subsidy is intended to encourage the transport of goods by water or rail instead of by road. This should lead to the reduction of traffic on the roads, improve traffic safety and reduce CO2 emissions. Logistics companies can receive a subsidy of up to € 500,000 for investment support if they come up with a concrete proposal of how they want to shift the transport of goods by road to transport by water or rail.

 Who is it for?
  • The scheme focuses primarily on freight corridors through the East and South-East Netherlands.
  • Logistics companies (shippers and non-carriers) operating on the route between the port of Rotterdam and Germany, via the Arnhem-Nijmegen and Venlo regions

 What is it for?

The following types of activities are eligible:

  • Investment support;
  • Consultancy support;
  • Starter support;
  • Experimental development.
Maximum subsidy amount € 500,000 per project
  • The maximum subsidy limit for Modal Shift from road to water for the period 1 April to 1 September 2021 is € 1.5 million.
  • And for Modal Shift from road to rail for the same period there is a budget of €1 million.

Subsidies are available for as much as € 500,000 per project!

Themes within Modal Shift

  • Primary: transport of goods in containers
  • Bulk transports
  • Small and medium-sized transports

Criteria

Your project may be eligible for a subsidy if it contributes to:

  • the modal shift and its structural embedding in business operations by:
    • the bundling and moving of containers and bulk transport from road to water or rail.
    • differentiating, allocating and making freight suitable for transport by inland waterways or by rail.
  • the improvement of access to container transport by inland waterways or rail through the improved application and development of agreements and practices relevant to the use of the various modes of transport, i.e., roads, rail, and inland waterways.

Purpose of the subsidy

A Modal Shift subsidy has been introduced to encourage the transfer of goods transport from road to water and rail (the so-called modal shift). The scheme should contribute to keeping urban areas and industrial port complexes in the Randstad structurally accessible.

Type of projects

The subsidy is for:

  • activities directly related to the bundling/shifting of freight
  • support activities (such as the digital matching of freight with the same destination).

1. Eligible costs

Investment support
Eligible costs are:
a. the costs of investment in tangible and intangible assets, and/or
b. estimated wage costs for jobs directly created by the investment project, calculated over a period of two years.

The amount of subsidy available shall not exceed
a.  20 % of the eligible costs in the case of small enterprises
b.  10 % of the eligible costs in the case of medium-sized enterprises

2. Consultancy support
The amount of subsidy will not exceed 50 % of all such eligible costs.

3. Experimental development
25 % of the eligible costs for experimental development;
(a) medium-sized enterprises can receive an amount of up to 10 percentage points, small enterprises up to 20 percentage points.
(b) and of 15 percentage points, if certain conditions are met.

4. Applying for one of your projects
Applying for the Modal Shift subsidy has been possible since 1 April 2021 and remains possible for as long as there is budget available (with a final submission date of 1 September 2021). If you are interested, our experts can help you. They have extensive experience in applying for subsidies in the field of innovation and mobility and can assist you in drawing up an optimal subsidy application. Tell us about your plans. Call us on 088-838 13 81 or send us a message:

I am responsible for our relationships with various EGEN clients, especially those in the environmental sector. I have a positive disposition (the glass half full!) and loves a challenge and achieving results. This result-oriented approach helps me to get funding for my clients’ projects and really moves them forward. I am proud of the many examples of how this has been achieved in my 20 years at PNO/EGEN!

I am responsible for our relationships with various EGEN clients, especially those in the environmental sector. I have a positive disposition (the glass half full!) and loves a challenge and achieving results. This result-oriented approach helps me to get funding for my clients’ projects and really moves them forward. I am proud of the many examples of how this has been achieved in my 20 years at PNO/EGEN!

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