Almost billion euro less subsidies Dutch gov ministries in 2015

In 2015, ministries have provided nearly one billion euro fewer subsidies than in 2014. The number of grants has almost halved compared to 2014 and below the number of grants in 2013. In total ministries spent together 4.7 billion in 25,163 grants to a total of 12,032 recipients. In 2014 the total amount was 5.5 billion and in 2013 5.7 billion euros. In 2014 there were still 44,507 grants to 10,993 recipients. In 2013 there were 21,850 grants to 15,671 recipients.

Top 10 largest recipients per ministry

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The decrease in the total amount of grants awarded fell in almost all ministries. The largest decrease was in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, from 2.1 billion in 2014 to 1.4 billion in 2015, while the number of grants increased from 10,911 in 2014 to 11,580 in 2015. The Ministries of Economic Affairs, Foreign Affairs and Health are respectively 1.4 billion, 1.2 billion and 1.1 billion, the largest funding agencies of the national government.

Largest recipients, grant total

In 2014 the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment granted the largest number of grants (25,203). In 2015, the Ministry granted again 2,148 grants for a total amount of 97 million euros.

Subsidies are provided by ministries within various subsidy schemes. In scope, the Ministry of Economic Affairs has the largest schemes. Seven of the 20 largest plans are provided through this ministry.

Top 20 subsidy schemes

The MEP2 scheme (348 million) and the SDE + scheme (312 million) are the largest of them. The Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport has six schemes in the top 20 largest subsidy schemes. The largest thereof is the Health Framework scheme (403 million), the Public Health scheme (187 million) and the Quality Pulse Staff Hospital Care scheme (185 million). The largest subsidy scheme granted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the MFA Grant scheme 2006 (523 million).


The data comes from the open data page of the State Budget. Here you will find the grant schemes, grant recipients and the corresponding amounts for each item of departmental budgets.