From 1 March 2022, anyone with a relationship to the labor market can apply for a € 1000 subsidy for following a training course. Have you always wanted to follow a Dutch language course from a technical education? Now is the time. Grab this opportunity!
How do I request a STAP budget? (DigiD necessary)
STAP is a Dutch abbreviation and stands for Stimulating Labor Market Position. The scheme is intended to give everyone an equal opportunity for education.
Who is eligible for the subsidy?
Any person who has a connection with the Dutch labor market can apply for a STAP budget. You must be between the ages of 18 and the retirement age and currently not receive a student grant, teacher grant or allowance for school costs for adults. You are also eligible for the subsidy if you are unemployed or self-employed.
What is the subsidy amount?
You can apply for a maximum of € 1000 subsidy per year. You do not have to advance this amount.
The subsidy also includes (possible) exam costs (if stated with the study program or training) and study materials, including VAT. However, always up to a maximum amount of € 1000. If the education or training for which you are registering costs more than € 1000, you will receive an invoice for the amount above € 1000. You can pay this yourself or, for example, your employer if you have made agreements about this.
If you follow a training that costs less than € 1000, you will receive that amount as a subsidy. Example: you register for the Conversation techniques training. This costs € 545, excluding VAT. Including VAT, this is € 659.45. This is the amount you receive in subsidy. After approval of your subsidy application, this amount will be transferred by the UWV to the account of the educational institution. So you don’t have to do anything yourself.
What should I take into account when applying for a STAP budget?
The annual available budget of €218 million will be divided over six application periods (5 in 2022). The next term will therefore start on May 1, 2022 (at 10:00 a.m.) and will last two months. If the grant budget for this period is exhausted, applications will no longer be allocated. You will then have to submit a new subsidy application to the UWV in the next application period.
After receiving the application, the UWV has four weeks to decide on your subsidy application. The education or training for which you are applying for the subsidy may therefore not start within four weeks of your subsidy application. However, this must start within 3 months after the application period. For example, if the STAP budget is requested in the March-April application period, the training activity must start no later than 31 July.
Request a STAP budget in 5 steps
- • Select the desired education or training.
- • Choose the training or education you want to follow from the educational institution’s offer.
- • Fill in the registration form.
- • Click on register and indicate on the registration form that you want to ‘register with STAP budget’.
- • Then fill in the requested information.
- • After sending the registration form, you will immediately receive a STAP registration certificate by e-mail (also check the spam folder). This proof must be uploaded to the UWV portal as an appendix to the STAP budget application.
- • Apply for a subsidy from the UWV. From 1 May 2022 you can submit your application via the STAP portal of UWV. You need your DigiD for this. Follow the steps indicated by UWV.
- • Approval application by UWV.
- • You will receive a message from UWV within 4 weeks at the latest whether your application has been approved. If the budget for the relevant application period has been exhausted, you can submit a new application in the next application period.
- • Final confirmation of education or training.
If your application has been approved, the educational institution will receive a message from UWV. The registration will then be finalized. You will then receive all the information you need to prepare for the training or education.
You need DigiD to apply for a STAP budget
How do I apply for a DigiD?
More and more government organizations are using DigiD to access their online services. Without DigiD you cannot arrange many things via the internet.
You can apply for a DigiD from abroad if you:
- • have the Dutch nationality or the nationality of another EEA country;
- • have a citizen service number (BSN);
- • is registered in the Registration of Non-Residents (RNI);
- • have a telephone on which you can receive text messages;
- • has an email address.
Ways of logging in
Showing who you are can be done in different ways. You also need your phone more and more.
- • DigiD app – the easiest way to log in securely.
- • SMS check – log in with an SMS code.
- • username and password – login with username and password.
- • identity card – log in with identity card for access to extra privacy-sensitive data.
Have you applied for a DigiD? You will receive a letter with an activation code within 3 working days. You can immediately complete the activation of your DigiD account in the DigiD app. Both the account and the app are then activated.
Or complete the activation via the website: click on ‘Enter activation code’.
- • Activate your DigiD within 20 days, otherwise you will have to apply for a DigiD again.
- • Applying for a DigiD is free.
- • A DigiD expires if you do not use it for 3 years.
Need more information? View the website of the Dutch government. Note: the information is not (yet) available in English.
- • Central government: Step-by-step plan STAP budget
- • UWV: What is the STAP budget
- • UWV: Start application STAP budget