Entrepreneurs who organize sailing trips with their own sailing ships of 50 years or older can submit an application from 29 noon on 12.00 June for additional support for the maintenance and repair costs of these historic ships. The subsidy scheme covers the period from April 1 to December 31, 2020 and is intended to support the preservation of historic sailing ships. Entrepreneurs who meet the conditions will receive a compensation for maintenance and repair costs of a maximum of € 124.999 on top of the existing Fixed Charges Allowance (TVL).

Historical Heritage

The brown fleet makes an important contribution to keeping Dutch history as a seafaring nation alive and accessible. Offering sailing trips on these historic sailing ships is an indispensable part of this. This requires the ships to be properly maintained, but that is very expensive for entrepreneurs. To prevent historic sailing ships from being lost as a result of the corona crisis, the cabinet supports skippers with this supplementary scheme, on top of the generic support and recovery package. 

Terms and Conditions

The temporary subsidy scheme for the continuity of the brown fleet is aimed at SME entrepreneurs who organize sailing trips with their own sailing ships with a keel laid from 1971 or earlier. To be eligible, entrepreneurs must have made at least 1% less turnover between 31 April and 2020 December 30, compared to the same period in 2019 and have at least € 1000 in fixed. The subsidy is calculated on the basis of the loss of turnover, a percentage of the fixed and variable costs and a subsidy percentage of 50%. The maximum subsidy amount is € 124.999. View all conditions Temporary subsidy scheme continuity brown fleet on this page website.

Entrepreneurs who meet the conditions can submit an application to the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) from 29 noon on 12.00 June. The subsidy is determined immediately, without an interim advance. The scheme is open until August 24, 2021 at 17:00 PM.  

Started after May 31, 2019

For entrepreneurs who are registered in the Trade Register between May 31, 2019 and January 31, 2020, the loss of turnover is determined on the basis of the turnover data in the first month(s) after registration until March 1, 2020. Entrepreneurs who are registered after January 31, 2020 and therefore cannot demonstrate turnover data in 2019 will receive the minimum subsidy amount of €1.000 if they meet the rest of the conditions. You can apply for the subsidy from the Temporary Regulation on the Continuity of the Brown Fleet on the website of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), according to the national government.

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