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Factsheet for measure NL-2020-27/2087 – measures in Netherlands

Growth Facility (GF): government guarantee on risk-bearing capital

Groeifaciliteit (GF): overheidsgarantie op risicodragend vermogen

Country Netherlands , applies nationwide
Time period Temporary, 01 July 2020 – 01 July 2023
Context COVID-19
Type Other initiatives or policies
Category Supporting businesses to stay afloat
– Access to finance
Author Thomas de Winter (Panteia) and Eurofound
Measure added 02 December 2021 (updated 31 January 2022)

Background information

The Growth Facility is a measure that existed before the pandemic, it was set to close on 1 July 2020 as Invest-NL (a private investment company) would take-over this form of financing. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the cabinet in the Netherlands decided that they would extend this measure to 1 July 2023. The reason behind the extension is to help to SMEs impacted during the COVID-19 economic crisis to still have the opportunity to acquire financing for their risk-bearing capital venture.

The strategy behind this measure is to provide a guarantee to financiers who give venture capital to SMEs. If a SME incurs a loss on their investment, they can recoup 50% of that loss. In this case, the government intends to cover the 50% loss incurred by the SME. The guarantee covers losses suffered as a result of the sale of stock, the writing off of a debt, or bankruptcy. The warranty is valid for a maximum of 12 years.

Content of measure

The Growth Facility is executed by the National Enterprise Agency (“RVO”). In terms of the application process, only financing facilities are eligible to apply for this scheme. In the case of entrepreneurs, it is possible to apply for a loan through one of the participating banks or private venture companies. The financier decides whether he will submit a request for a guarantee to RVO for the financing and whether he will ultimately grant the loan. The scheme does not apply to entrepreneurs directly.

The Growth Facility applies different maximum amounts: A bank can provide a guarantee financing up to a maximum of €5 million in the form of subordinated loans. Half of this amount can be brought under warranty. Risk-bearing capital (subordinated loans and/or share capital), provided by private equity firms, is subject to a maximum of €25 million. The guarantee amount is half of this. The government has agreed to adjust the amount of the guarantee in order to make the Growth Facility available to as many enterprises and financiers as feasible during the Corona crisis. Currently, this amount has being adjusted again from €25 million to €50 million.

The Cabinet has made a budget of €85 million per year available.

Use of measure

There is currently no data available on the use of measure.

Target groups

Workers Businesses Citizens
Does not apply to workers SMEs
Does not apply to citizens

Actors and funding

Actors Funding
National government
National funds

Social partners

Social partners' role in designing the measure and form of involvement:

Trade unions Employers' organisations
Role Unknown Unknown
Form Not applicable Not applicable

Social partners' role in the implementation, monitoring and assessment phase:

  • Unknown
  • Main level of involvement: N/A



Views and reactions

In a report by MKB-Nederland and VNO-NCO, stated this comment in relation to the Growth Facility scheme: “Subordinated loans are a form between debt and equity. These types of loans have a positive effect on the solvency and thus the financial ability of companies. As a result, they have a larger financial buffer, and it can be more attractive for banks and other investors to provide a loan."



Eurofound (2021), Growth Facility (GF): government guarantee on risk-bearing capital, measure NL-2020-27/2087 (measures in Netherlands), EU PolicyWatch, Dublin,


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