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 new Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) subsidy scheme, which will run from 2021 to 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.

Please note: it is no longer possible to apply for subsidy in 2021. Except for employers: they can apply for subsidy again from 1 June up until 30 June 2021.

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 aimed at better reaching low-literate people or at improving the quality of the available courses:

Reaching more low-literate people so they can enrol in courses to improve their literacy, arithmetic or digital literacy skills;

A practical experiment to improve the quality of the course offering for low-literate people.

Which organizations can apply in 2021?

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 are the amounts for the Caribbean Netherlands:

Amounts available
Category    Total amount available     Min. amount per subsidy application Max Amount per subsidy application Max. amount per participant Compensated up to  
Employees € 8.8 mln N/A € 125.000 € 1500 67%
Parents € 1.3 mln N/A €125,000 in case of 33% co-financing or €83,750 in case of 0% co-financing € 600 67 or 100%
Experiments € 625.000 € 25.000 € 125.000 N/A 80%

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
  • 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.

For more information, please consult the full Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) subsidy scheme for 2021-2024, which can be found in the Government Gazette.

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 2021, 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, 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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