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Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affair

Support for development projects in subject areas that include food security, water resources, climate change, and renewable energy

Principal Office: Netherlands

The Netherlands manages the country’s international development cooperation through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and specifically through a Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.

Key thematic areas of Dutch development assistance include water resources, climate change, and food and agriculture.

Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources

Partners and Partnerships. Dutch development assistance is directed through programs with the private sector; civil society organizations; research institutions; and educational institutions.

About Dutch development partners

APPLICATION: The Netherlands Enterprise Agency is the government’s subsidy tool through which applicants from developing countries can find programs or subsidies.

About subsidies and programs

Geographical Distribution of Grant Activities in Developing Countries


The Ministry’s website is available in Dutch and English.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not identify a funding program for civil society organizations in developing countries. However, grant seekers should inquire for information with the relevant Dutch diplomatic missions, especially in partner countries.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs contributes as a funding partner to programs such as the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, which offers grants and fellowships for training and research.

Nuffic is the Netherlands’ organization for international cooperation in higher education. Nuffic provides an orientation to academic and technical education in Holland, including information about scholarships and fellowships.

The Development Cooperation Matchmaking Facility enables small and medium-sized companies in over 40 developing countries to make contact with businesses in the Netherlands.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs offers contact information for its offices in The Hague.

Partos is the Dutch national platform of civil society organizations engaged in international development.

March 2021