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Fund against Child Labour – FBK

Do you represent an international company? The entire production chain is not always transparent. You may not be aware of child labour in your production chain. Entrepreneurs that actively want to end child labour in their chain, can get support from the Fund against Child Labour (FBK) programme.

Consult our advisors

Do you wonder if child labour takes place in your production chain? And if you do, do you ask yourself how to approach this? Consult our advisors, they are happy to help you and offer advice. Send an email to our FBK advisors with your ideas.

For whom?

FBK helps Dutch entrepreneurs that want to:

  • research the root causes of child labour in their production chains;
  • take actions to prevent child labour at a local level;
  • take measures to prevent child labour in their businesses.

We can support your project with a subsidy and a knowledge project. We inform you, advise you, and share knowledge.


FBK is a five-year subsidy programme (2018 – 2022) with several opportunities to apply. In 2020, the budget is 5.5 million euros, divided into 2 openings.

You may apply for a subsidy of no more than €475,000 for each project, representing a maximum of 70% of the total project costs. FBK will subsidise at least 11 projects each year.



One of the conditions to apply is that your company finds partners. Your company must have partners with:

  • other companies in the same sector;
  • other organisations, such as NGOs or sector organisations;
  • local parties, such as local authorities, schools, children and parents.

Your partnership consists of at least:

  • 1 Dutch company
  • 1 NGO, and
  • 1 local company.

If you do not have a partnership with a local company yet, please explain in the project proposal how you will include a local company in your project. Only a Dutch company or NGO can apply for a subsidy.

How to apply

  • Contact us for a noncommittal orientation interview. Please send your email to or telephone us: +31 (0)88 042 42 42.
  • Complete the quick scan for our advice. Please send the quick scan 6 weeks before the closing date to
  • During the opening for applications, you can apply via our apply page. There you will also find all forms to send with your application.
  • FBK operates on the ‘first come first served’ principle. This means that we will assess complete subsidy applications in the order in which we receive them.


Thursday 1 April 2021 Deadline for mandatory quick scan Deadline

Thursday 13 May 2021 Closed for applications at 15:00 CEST Deadline

Step-by-step plan

To participate in the FBK programme, please follow three steps. If your company has already taken certain steps, you may be able to skip those in consultation with us.

  1. Orientation
  2. Local impact research
  3. Implementation


You may apply for a subsidy for the following types of projects:A. local impact research: in-depth research into child labour on-site and in the industry;B. on-site activities to end child labour in combination with due diligence measures in your industry. 

You may apply for a subsidy for projects A and B.

You may apply for project B after you have implemented project A. In this case, we will check if the research results meet the criteria set out in the Government Gazette.

After your application

  • You will hear from us within 13 weeks.
  • It is important that the lead partner reports about the progress of the project. In the subsidy decision, you can find the reporting moments. See Project Administration for the documents on the progress and final report.

Frequently asked questions

For more information on FBK, see our frequently asked questions.


Worldwide, 152 million children are participating in labour. We use the term child labour for children who are too young to work, do work that is too hard or dangerous for them and do work that keeps them from going to school. A lack of education can block the development of children and society as a whole. Child labour is not only a result of poverty but also an important cause.

The UN Sustainable Development Goals state that child labour should be eliminated by 2025 at the latest. Together with FBK, your business can help to achieve this goal by ending child labour. The infographic Ending child labour, how do we get there? shows how FBK contributes to SDG 8.7; ending child labour in all its forms by 2025.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency commissions FBK on behalf of the Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation.