Samenwerkingsverband Noord-Nederland (SNN), a partnership between Groningen, Friesland, and Drenthe provinces to support the development of the Northern Netherlands, launched a new subsidy scheme for the sustainability and improvement of Groningen. The plan aims to support homeowners who want to renovate their buildings, making them more sustainable and energy efficient.
The subsidy covers up to €10,000, and homeowners can apply multiple times. Eligible sustainability interventions include installing solar panels, replacing glasses with high-efficiency (HR++) versions, or adding insulation for walls. The measure also finances comfort interventions, like solving overdue maintenance or installing a new kitchen or bathroom.
The scheme applies to buildings intended for habitation. Homeowners operating businesses, such as farms, can also claim the subsidy. To access the subsidy, buildings must be located in designated postcode areas where the value reduction scheme (waardedalingsregeling) applies, but they cannot be part of the National Coordinator Groningen (NCG) reinforcement program.
The SNN maintains that there are sufficient funds and time to handle every request. Following reports of unfair practices in a previous round of subsidies, SNN decided to extend the application deadline to 31 December, 2025. By doing this, the institution aims to reduce bottlenecks in the queue and grant each applicant a fair chance.
This is the third, and last, round of subsidies launched by the SNN for the improvement and sustainability of Groningen. Applications for the first two rounds (up to €7,000 and €17,000, respectively) are still open and running until 2026.