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Take the subsidy check

The subsidiy check helps you find out whether your innovative company is eligible for a subsidy. Discover it quickly!

Take the subsidy check!


The SLIM subsidy makes schooling and development of employees cheaper for SMEs. The subsidy applies to the sectors of agriculture, recreation and the catering industry.

SLIM will be open to applications starting September 1st 2023.


The Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment aims to stimulate a strong learning culture and an educational work environment. This allows organizations to invest in their own employees, as well as the company itself.


I have a lot of experience with education subsidies. How nice is it when all employees have a chance at continuously developing themselves? Only then will innovation be supported from its core. Ugoo and I will gladly help you to discover the possibilities to stimulate your employees to keep developing themselves.

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Everything about SLIM

The most important questions about SLIM are answered here.

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What is SLIM Subsidy?

SLIM stands for "Subsidy for learning and developing within SMEs". The arrangement offers subsidy for retraining your employees. Entrepeneurs can benefit from reduced costs for creating a positive learning culture within their company.

SLIM does not subsidize external courses or educations!

Am I eligible for SLIM?

SLIM is meant for SMEs, large companies within the agricultural, recreation and catering sectors, and collaborations between at least two SMEs. Activities that copntribute to a positive learning culture are eligible for SLIM.

What must I do for SLIM?

You conduct one of the following activities:

  1. Review of the company: changes in the market can lead to uncertainty in the company. During a review, your entire company undergoes a scan to discover the company's health. This is compared to the ideal, which begets an education- or development plan for the company. This development plan will show what the training needs of the employees are.

  2. Career or development advice: learning your life long is easier said than done. How can you grow and develop in during your career? What wishes, possibilities and ambitions do you have? Which skills strengthen my position in the job market? You can help answer these questions by offeringing career or development advice to your employees. Trajectories such as these often beget a personal development plan, with which you can help your employees achieve their goals.

  3. Initiatives aimed at methods that stimulate employee development: in order to make "learning and development" a fixed theme in businesses, the SLIM subsidy bets on development or introduction of methods that strengthen a learning culture. There are multiple ways to embed learning and development into an organisation, such as:

  • Setting up and implementing methods redarding periodic development talks and evaluations with the help of experts and online tools.

  • Setting up an elearning portal to familiarise your employees with new soft and hard skills.

  • Developing a training program in the form of a business school to make new and current employees to do a study. Training costs are excluded.

  • Deployment of an employee as a learning- and company ambassador, when your SME doesn't have HR personnel.

What do I gain through SLIM?

The SLIM subsidy reimburses between 60 and 80% of the eligible costs. For each application, the maximum subsidy amount is €25.000 for SME entrepeneurs and €20.000 for SMEs in the agricultural sector. Large companies in the catering industry or recreation sector can apply for €200.000 per application and partnerships (with at least 2 SMEs) can apply for €500.000 per application.

How do we help you?

Do you want to make use of the SLIM subsidy for the benefits of your company? You can apply in March and September every year. Our specialists will gladly help you write your application!

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