Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) experiment subsidies

Each year, the Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) programme offers subsidies for activities aimed at preventing and reducing low literacy. Thanks to the Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) subsidy scheme 2021-2024, these subsidies will also be available next year. The scheme has been extended and adapted in a number of areas. For example, it is now also possible to apply for subsidy to fund literacy-related experiments. The subsidy is available to organizations in both the Caribbean and the European Netherlands.

Improve range and quality

For the years 2021 and 2022, we are introducing a third sub-scheme, in addition to the sub-schemes for parents and employees. The new sub-scheme is intended for short, practical experiments. In 2022, these experiments have to be aimed at better reaching low-literate people so they can enrol in courses to improve their literacy, arithmetic or digital literacy skills.

Which organizations can apply in 2022?

Various kinds of organizations can submit an application. All applications must be supported by a municipality. An independent assessment committee (assembled by the Foundational Skills Expert Centre) evaluates the applications on the basis of a number of criteria. These criteria are included in an assessment framework that accompanies the scheme.

  • After the training activities have been completed, all grant recipients submit an activities report and an evaluation, in which they reflect on the activities’ objectives and results.
  • Unlike the other two sub-schemes, applications for experiments can only be submitted during the first two years of the scheme. The reason for this is that we will evaluate this sub-scheme after two years to decide whether the focus should be shifted to expanding and scaling up experiments which have proven to be effective.

Amounts available

The following applies for all subsidy flows: the maximum subsidy amount per application is €125,000, and in applicants will be required to contribute to the costs themselves.

These were the amounts for the Netherlands (including the Caribbeans) in 2022:

Amounts available

Amounts available
Category   Total amount available in 2022Min. amount per subsidy applicationMax Amount per subsidy applicationMax. amount per participantCompensated up to  
Employees€ 2.9 mlnno minimal amount€ 125.000€ 1.50067%
Parents€ 1.3 mlnno minimal amount€125,000 in case of 33% co-financing or €83,750 in case of 0% co-financing€ 60067 or 100%
Experiments€ 625.000€ 25.000€ 125.00080%
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Assessment procedure

Applications for experiments will be assessed qualitatively. To this end, the National Basic Skills Center has assembled an assessment committee consisting of independent experts. These experts will rank the applications on the basis of a number of criteria:

  • Relevance of the project
  • Quality of the activities plan
  • Support and cooperation
  • Practicability and feasibility
  • Budget

After finishing its assessment, the committee will send an advisory report to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. The Minister of Education, Culture and Science will decide which applications are granted.

The annual subsidy budget for experiments is €625,000. If the subsidy amount applied for exceeds €1,875,000 (three times the available subsidy budget), we will first draw lots and only then assess the applications in order to save time and money.

Read the full 2021-2024 Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) Subsidy Scheme.

How to apply

If you would like to apply for a subsidy for a new experiment, you must submit an activities plan and a budget.

You can apply from 1 January until 28 February 2022, Central European Time. DUS-I will implement the Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) subsidy scheme. Read more about the scheme on their website, in Dutch or in English. Or go there to submit your application. DUS-I’s contact details are also listed on their website, should you have any questions.

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