Do I qualify? Investing Dutch SMEs

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Woman at work in cut flower grower greenhouse, DGGF pilot project in Ethiopia

To receive support from the DGGF part Investing Dutch SMEs, you must qualify for at least the following conditions.


  • You must have a Dutch-registered business that carries out substantial activities in the Netherlands.
  • You must be an SME (according to the European definition).
  • You must comply with the ICSR framework for international corporate social responsibility.
  • The business may not apply tax planning techniques to artificially lower its taxable earnings in the source country by relocating them to a low-tax jurisdiction.


  • You must have a robust business plan that explains how you will repay the loan. The DGGF finances viable projects only. All loans must be matched by a certain amount of risk on your part, e.g. in the form of a capital contribution.
  • Your investment must contribute to the sustainable economic development of the DGGF country. This means you must contribute to local employment, production capacity and/or knowledge transfer.
  • You can apply for up to €10 million.
  • You must invest in a DGGF country.
  • The DGGF prefers to cofinance projects with a commercial bank.


If you comply with the DGGF conditions and think your project is eligible, then complete the eligibility screening tool 'Quickscan' for your project idea.

Not suitable for DGGF yet?

Not all projects are suitable for financial assistance from the DGGF. Another scheme might be more appropriate for your project:

  • If you first wish to learn more about a local market or a project’s feasibility, you might be eligible for the DHI scheme (in Dutch) (demonstration projects, feasibility studies and knowledge acquisition).
  • Are you looking for a business partner in a developing country? The MMF matchmaking facility and Business partner scan (in Dutch) brings businesses in developing countries in touch, at their request, with businesses in the Netherlands in order to strengthen business ties and potential alliances.