The DHI scheme is aimed at Dutch (SME) companies with international ambition.
By means of demonstration projects, feasibility and investment preparation studies, the possibilities for the company on the relevant market can be mapped out. DHI is now available for all countries with the exception of the Netherlands and sanctioned countries. This wider availability is an important change compared to 2016.
Who can submit?
Dutch SMEs with international ambition. With this arrangement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wants to increase and strengthen the number of Dutch companies which have successfully internationalized themselves in developed countries, emerging markets and developing countries. In developing countries, the Ministry is thus making a positive contribution to sustainable local development.
A subsidy can be obtained for projects which fit within one or more of the modules below. The available budget for the first 2018 tender round is € 2 million for DGGF-Counter (Dutch Good Growth Fund) and € 2.5 million for other countries.
Demonstration projects are projects with which Dutch companies in the target country demonstrate their technology in a practical situation. The aim of the demonstration projects is to realize export of substantial size. Demonstration of processes and services is also possible within this subsidy scheme. Eligible are wage costs and external costs (such as hiring external expertise, equipment and materials). The subsidy amounts to 50% of the eligible costs, a maximum subsidy of € 200,000.
Study on the technical or commercial feasibility of a project in one of the target countries. The result is, for example: persuading foreign customers to invest in Dutch capital goods and services or drawing up a business plan to approach lenders and investors for financing the project. Eligible are wage costs and external costs (such as hiring external expertise, equipment and materials). Subsidy is 50% of the eligible costs, a maximum of € 100,000 subsidy.
Investment preparation studies
This is a study that analyzes the aspects that are relevant to making an investment decision in one of the DHI countries, with a focus on technical and financial feasibility. The purpose of this instrument is to strengthen the economic position of the Netherlands abroad, so investment projects in developing countries generate sustainable employment and expertise transfer. Subsidy is 50% of the eligible costs, a maximum subsidy of € 100,000.
The second tender of 2018 opens on 9 August and closes on 21 September.