Tip: Subsidy option for Dutch language skills

Tip: Subsidy option for Dutch language skills

17 Dec 2020

Did you know that as many as 2.5 million Dutch people between the ages of 16 and 65 have great difficulty reading, writing and / or calculating? In high tech, the Netherlands attracts many developers / engineers from abroad who have not yet mastered the Dutch language. Because the cabinet wants to tackle language skills, the action program "Tel mee met taal" has been developed. Various parties are associated with the program, such as the Ministries of the Interior, OCW, SZW and VWS. Are there employees within your company who have not yet mastered the Dutch language well? Apply now for a subsidy to improve the language skills of your staff.

Do you want to tackle low literacy within your organization? Training that leads to the improvement of language, numeracy and digital skills is covered by this subsidy scheme.

Who is the subsidy for?

Watch out for high tech companies with expats! This form of subsidy is relevant for companies that employ migrant workers and companies in a very tight labor market employing expats / knowledge workers.

International developers

This subsidy scheme is therefore not only intended for Dutch people who have difficulty reading, writing and / or calculating. Foreign developers / engineers working at Dutch tech companies can also benefit from the subsidy program. These international employees often do not speak the Dutch language. That is why "tel mee met taal" program contributes to their personal development, which improves cooperation with Dutch colleagues.

Which projects are eligible?

Projects aimed at tackling low literacy are eligible for this subsidy. Subsidy is available for 3 types of projects:

  • Low-literate employees: subsidy for employers to offer (digital) low-literate employees training
  • Low-literate parents: promoting an educational home environment, educational partnership between parents and school and improving (digital) literacy of parents
  • Practical experiments: experiments aimed at reaching low-literate people and guiding them to courses aimed at various skills and experiments aimed at improving the quality of courses for this target group

How much is the subsidy?

In the table below you will find an overview of the subsidy amounts.


  • Employers can submit an application if they have employees who have one or more language skills of the Dutch language at a level lower than reference level 2F. This must be determined at the start of the language course.
  • The participant is employed by an employer for the duration of the (language) program
  • The trainer works for a company or institution with a Chamber of Commerce number and demonstrably suitable for teaching Dutch in the Dutch language by means of certification.
  • The training program consists of a minimum of 30 contact hours and is provided in a maximum of 12 months

When is the deadline?

You can apply for the  "Tel mee met taal" subsidy from January 1st to February, 28th  2021. Applications for experiments are qualitatively assessed. If the subsidy ceiling is exceeded in the applications for employers, a draw will take place.


The budget for 2021 is € 10,725,000. € 1.3 million is available for subsidy applications aimed at low-language parents. € 8.8 million is available for subsidy applications by employers. The budget for experiments is € 625,000.

Written by
Saskia van de Schoot

directeur new business

Saskia van de Schoot
Source: DB & P
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