How do I apply for the energy allowance?

You can apply for the one-off energietoeslag (energy allowance) of around €1 300 from your municipality. You can apply for the energy allowance if you earn less than €1 310.05 (single) or €1 871.50 (cohabiting couple) per month. If you receive bijstandsuitkering (social assistance benefit), IOAW, IOAZ or Bbz benefit, you will automatically receive the allowance.

Entitlement to energy allowance if your income is up to 120% of the social minimum

Do you not receive social assistance benefit, IOAW, IOAZ or Bbz benefit, but do have an income of up to 120% of the social minimum? If so, contact your municipality. Your municipality can tell you whether you will receive the energy allowance automatically or whether you need to apply for the allowance at the municipality.

The municipality determines when the allowance is paid and how it is paid. This can be in one lump sum or instalments.

How much is 120% of the social minimum?

Personal
situation
Net monthly income (including 
holiday allowance)
Single, aged 21 to retirement age €1 310.05
Single parent, aged 21 up to retirement age €1 310.05
Married or cohabiting, aged 21 to retirement age €1 871.50
Single and retired €1 455.67
Married or cohabiting and retired €1 971.05

Automatic energy allowance if you receive benefits

If you receive social assistance benefit, IOAW, IOAZ or BBZ benefit, you will automatically receive the allowance. Do you receive social assistance, IOAW, IOAZ or Bbz benefits but have not yet received the energy supplement? If so, contact your municipality.

Energy allowance does not affect benefits or other allowances

Receiving the energy allowance does not affect your rent, healthcare or childcare benefit. Nor does it affect the amount of any other payments, such as Wajong benefit.

Energy allowance in 2022 and 2023

The energy supplement of about €1 300 will be paid out again in 2023. Municipalities can already pay out €500 of the energy supplement for 2023 in 2022. More information on this will follow.

Tertiary students: no energy allowance, in some cases reimbursement

Students in tertiary education are not eligible for the energy allowance. However, students who find themselves in serious financial difficulty or are in danger of being so due to soaring energy prices, may be eligible for a contribution towards energy costs (in Dutch).

Help with money worries

View and read what you can do and how the Government of the Netherlands helps with money worries due to high energy bills (in Dutch).

Beware of fake messages and phone calls about the energy allowance

Do not respond to e-mails, text messages or phone calls from people who say you are entitled to energy allowance and ask for your details. The municipality will not contact you in this way. If you want to know if you are entitled to energy allowance, then contact your municipality directly.

Information about the energy allowance for municipalities

The Stimulansz website contains documents with more information for municipalities on the energy allowance (in Dutch). These include a handbook on the energy allowance and an application form template.