Wadden Sea Fund

waddenfonds subsidie

The Wadden Sea Fund was set up to give a sustainable and qualitative impulse to the Wadden Sea’s ecology and economy. Since 1 January 2012, the Dutch provinces of North Holland, Groningen, and Friesland are responsible for the Wadden Sea Fund. Grant applications can be submitted during the application periods, which are announced every year in the province’s application decree. 

Themes of the Wadden Sea Fund

The Wadden Sea Fund comprises the following themes:

  • Nature
  • Water, soil, light and sound
  • World heritage sites, cultural history and landscape development
  • Sustainable recreation and tourism
  • Increased sustainability of energy management
  • Sustainable harbours of the Wadden
  • Sustainable fishing
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Budget Local innovations

All activities must take place in the Wadden Sea area, meaning the municipalities located around the Wadden Sea.

Target Audiences of the Wadden Sea Fund

The Wadden Sea Fund is interesting for all parties aiming to set up activities in the Wadden Sea area. This includes governments, businesses, and non-profit organisations. The primary condition is that an ecological and/or economic contribution is made to the Wadden Sea area.

The Wadden Sea Fund comprises three different financing instruments:

  • Budget Local Innovation (BLI)
  • Thematic Call
  • Consultancy Costs

1. BLI (Budget Local Innovations)

  • Projects should contribute to local innovation; promote living conditions or employment; and strengthen the quality of the Wadden Sea region
  • The maximum contribution per project is €50,000
  • In total the available budget is €2,500,000
  • Proposals can be submitted until 10 December 2021 (12.00 hrs). 

2. Grant Scheme Thematic Implementation Wadden Fund 2021/1

In the autumn of 2020, the grant scheme Thematic Implementation Wadden Fund 2020/1 for projects that stimulate the ecology and economy in the Wadden area were started.

The four specific focus areas were:

  • Sustainable energy management
  • Soil, water, light and sound
  • Landscape development (theme WCL)
  • Aquacultures (theme Sustainable Fishing)

On 23 April 2021 Waddenfonds will publish a new call, specifically targeting the following themes:

  • Nature;
  • World heritage, cultural history, and landscape development;
  • Soil, water, light, and noise;
  • Sustainable energy management;
  • Sustainable ports in the Waddenzee area;
  • Sustainable fishery.

Both public and private legal entities and/or companies without legal personality and consortia can apply. National government bodies and the provinces, however, are explicitly excluded from partaking. The total budget comprises €8 million, with a minimum of €200,000 and a maximum of €1 million per project. Eligible costs can reach a maximum op 90%.

The call closes on 15 December 2021 (12:00). The first-come-first-serve principle applies, so a quick submission is recommended.

3. Consultancy costs

  • This concerns a voucher to compensate for the consultancy costs involved when drawing up a larger grant application for the Wadden Sea Fund
  • The voucher comprises a maximum of €5,000
  • This scheme is currently closed

Assesment Criteria

  • The proposal is in line with the implementation programme of the Wadden Sea Fund
  • The application complies with the requirements set out in the 2020/01 Grant Scheme Wadden Sea Fund
  • In some cases, the application must comply with the current grant regulation of the Wadden Sea Fund
  • Policy rules of the Wadden Sea Fund apply


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The purpose of this fact sheet is to provide a quick overview of the objectives, structure, and conditions of this particular grant scheme. No conclusions can be drawn on the basis of this information. Moreover, this document has no legal status.

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