DPRA – Deltaprogramme Spatial Adaptation

DPRA Deltaprogramma Ruimtelijke Adaptatie


The Administrative Agreement on Climate Adaptation reaffirms that by the end of 2020 municipalities, water boards and provinces must have mapped out country-wide tasking and measures relating to climate adaptation by means of stress tests, risk dialogues and implementation agendas. The Delta Programme for Spatial Adaptation (DPRA) supports this process.

Stress tests show the consequences of climate change. Risk dialogues are discussions in which risks, opportunities, ambitions, strategic choices and commitment to climate change are themes. The dialogues should lead to an awareness of the vulnerability to climate change and make it possible to discuss the measures needed to minimize the vulnerabilities.

By going through this process, municipalities, water boards and provinces choose effective measures for their tasks, so that they can achieve a climate-proof and water-resistant design.

The Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management (I and W) has made extra money available to support this process: a total of € 20 million for 2019 and 2020. This amount will be used for this purpose:

  • Process support for local authorities in carrying out stress tests and risk dialogues and drawing up implementation agendas.
  • Pilots in the form of implementation projects and the ‘financial incentives for climate adaptation’ pilots.
  • Knowledge development and knowledge sharing, such as knowledge development by NKWK-KBS (the research line Climate resilient city of the Knowledge and Innovation Programme Water and Climate) and knowledge sharing via this Knowledge Portal Spatial Adaptation and Together Climate resilient.

Financial support possibilities


ArrangementProcess support regional acceleration Pilots implementation projects: Pilots financial incentives for climate adaptation
AimProcess from stress test to implementation agenda: scheme designed to support governments during the process from stress test to implementation agenda
Implementation projects for pioneers: support for a limited number of implementation projects of regions or governments that (almost) have an overview of the adaptation tasks, or where there is evidence of urgent problems.
Encourage private parties to take climate adaptation measures in their own field: in 2019 and 2020 there will be room for eight pilots 'financial incentives for climate adaptation'.
Budget 2019 and 2020€ 6 million€ 10 million (40% in 2019 and 60% in 2020)unknown
Grant/Co-financing€ 75.000 - € 150.000 / 50% in kind or cash€ 0,5 - € 3 million/ 50% Max. € 20.000 of 75% of the total project costs
Deadline/type1 April 2019 / tender.
Disclosure 1 May 2019
15 March 2019, tender. Disclosure 8 April 2019Application form will be available mid-February
ConsortiumAt least 2 government organizations, in advance is involve one or more social parties. Municipality or province is the leaderAt least 2 local/regional authorities (of which 1 municipality or province), preferably involving education, knowledge institution, business and/or international cooperation.
Cooperation is not a requirement
Other terms- Focus on ambition 1, 2 and 3 Delta Plan Spatial Adaptation: 1) carrying out stress tests, 2) conducting risk dialogue and drawing up a strategy, 3) drawing up an implementation agenda
- Visible manager involvement
- End date December 2020, possible until mid 2021
- Detailed plan of action
- Regional tasking is transparent via stress test/risk dialogue
- Scalable learning effects
- Start of implementation by mid-2019, completion by mid-2021
- No regular management and maintenance, unless innovative measures
- Detailed plan of approach

- Instrument mix of financial instrument (grant or tax credit) and policy instrument
- To relate knowledge and conclusions from previous research (see website)
- Mandatory participation in 'network financial incentives for climate adaptation
- Visible manager involvement
- Detailed plan of action
Selection criteria- Ratio requested budget vs. Consortium
- Degree of contribution in own resources vs. size of cooperation
- Spread over the Netherlands
- Level of ambition/feasibility
- Impact
- Spread over the Netherlands
- Thematic distribution of substantive spatial adaptation themes
- Distribution of rural and built-up areas
- Strong consortium
- Instrument mix distribution
- Distribution of target group and nature
- Spread over the Netherlands
- Financial size


The purpose of this summary is to provide a quick insight into the purpose, structure and conditions of the subsidy programme (as known on 6-2-2019). No conclusions can be drawn from this and no rights can be derived from it. 

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