Not available anymore: Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) experiment subsidies

In 2021 and 2022, the Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) programme offered subsidies to fund literacy-related experiments. The information on this page is based on the subsidy scheme for experiments in 2022. It is no longer possible to apply for this subsidy.

The subsidy for experiments will not be continued in 2023. However, you can apply for the Tel mee met Taal (Count on skills) programme regarding low-literate parents or employees again in 2023.

Read more about the granted subsidies for experiments in 2022 in the (Dutch) article on the website of Expertisepunt Basisvaardigheden (Foundational Skills Expert Centre).

Improve range and quality

For the years 2021 and 2022, we introduced a third sub-scheme, in addition to the sub-schemes for parents and employees. This sub-scheme was intended for short, practical experiments. In 2022, these experiments had to be aimed at better reaching low-literate people, so they could enrol in courses to improve their literacy, arithmetic or digital literacy skills.

Which organizations could apply in 2022?

Various kinds of organizations were allowed to submit an application. All applications had to be supported by a municipality. An independent assessment committee (assembled by the Foundational Skills Expert Centre) evaluated the applications on the basis of a number of criteria. 

  • 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.

Amounts available

The maximum subsidy amount per application in 2022 was €125,000.

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 were assessed qualitatively. To this end, the National Basic Skills Center had assembled an assessment committee consisting of independent experts. These experts ranked 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 sent an advisory report to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. The Minister of Education, Culture and Science decided which applications are granted.

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

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