New covid-premiums for cultural and event sectors

Two new premiums are available for the cultural and event sectors in Brussels.

Covid-19 premium for the event sector

The Region is proposing a new Covid premium to support the event, nightlife, tourism and culture sectors. The premium is intended for companies and self-employed Brussels residents meeting certain conditions. You can benefit from an amount ranging from €3,000 to €9,000 depending on your situation. Check whether you are eligible and prepare the necessary documents for the application. You can submit your application via our website between 4 November and 4 December.

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Covid-19 premium for the cultural and creative sector

The Brussels-Capital Region is relaunching this summer's "Covid-19 Culture" premium. This premium is aimed at non-profit cultural and creative organisations.

Under certain conditions, they can benefit from a 4,000 € bonus. Check now on our website whether you are eligible and already prepare the necessary documents for the application.

The application form will be available online from 4 to 23 November.

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As a result of the Brexit, British citizens who wish to work in the Brussels Capital Region (as an employee or self-employed) after 31 December 2020 must undertake certain steps.

The British citizen who has a residence permit that is still valid on 31 December 2020 must contact the municipality.
The British citizen who wishes to work in the Brussels Capital Region starting from a date after 31 December 2020 must follow the procedures applicable to non-European citizens, outlined on this website.

More information regarding the terms following Brexit.

Results GoodFood strategy

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In 2016, the Brussels Region launched the Good Food strategy. The underlying idea? Develop and support actions for environmentally friendly local food production, valorising local and seasonal products, reducing waste and meat consumption. The goal? Grow into a more autonomous food supply city thanks to the principles of a circular economy.
Since its inception, Good Food has conquered a place in our lives and on our plates, with a positive social, economic and ecological impact, for a more sustainable development of the capital. In other words, there is more and more Goof Food in Brussels!
Some key figures:

  • We went from 16 to 32 professional urban agriculture projects
  • Every year 600 tons of unsold food are collected and redistributed through the supported projects = 1.2 million rescued meals can provide food for 1,000 people for 1 year
  • 10 out of 11 Brussels social grocers offer fresh fruit and vegetables, 4 of which regularly have bio-organic on the shelves
  • The canteens in Brussels are constantly offering more organic products (+ 48%). They have also reduced food waste by 8.4% and the portions of meat on the menu have decreased by 10.2%
  • A total of 55 restaurants and 49 canteens carry the Good Food label, where no fewer than 24,000 meals / day are distributed
  • 100 jobs were created between the end of 2015 and the end of 2018
  • Since 2016 there are more than 100 new vegetable gardens in schools
  • 70% of the schools organized a Good Food promotion in the last 2 years
  • More than 10,000 citizens received training through cooking workshops, participatory projects, workshops, etc.

Discover all the details?
Brussels Environment and Brussels Economy and Employment, the initiators behind the Good Food strategy, bundled the results in an inspiring brochure (in French or in Dutch) in which you can become acquainted with the numerous experiments, best practices, projects and other leading initiatives.

Fruit, vegetables and milk are back at school!

Fruit, vegetables and milk are back at school!

The program “Fruit, vegetables and milk at school" is back! Discover how to participate on a brand new website!

Les inscriptions pour l’année scolaire 2020-2021 sont ouvertes jusqu’au 30 septembre.

Découvrir le site et s'inscrire

Call for projects "Local business dynamics"

With "Local&Together", the Brussels-Capital Region is launching a new call for projects to support local business dynamics and strengthen a local commercial network. It aims to set up collective projects led by associations of shopkeepers and other local players in a defined commercial district.

This call for projects is open to projects led by a shopkeepers' association with legal personality and a head office in the Brussels-Capital Region. 

Beneficiaries receive financial support from the Region of between €5,000 and €60,000 (depending on the category). 

Submit your application no later than 23 August 2020!

More info in French or in Dutch.


Appel à projets " Actions d'internationalisation "

This is a brand new call for internationalization projects developed by private non-profit organizations in the Brussels-Capital Region.

The threefold objective is to support export projects; foreign investment projects in Brussels; and projects that enhance the image of Brussels abroad.

Laureates can receive specific financial support of up to € 85,000 from the Region.

Submit your application no later than August 21, 2020!

More info in French or Dutch

Covid-19 premium for the cultural sector

A new premium of 2,000 euros is available to support organizations in the Brussels cultural and creative sector.

This premium is intended for non-profit cultural and creative institutions suffering from the corona crisis.
Under certain conditions, they can receive a one-off premium of 2,000 euros.

Submit your premium application by 15 July 2020 if you meet the criteria.

Check whether you can apply for this grant

(in French or Dutch only)

Call for projects "Opensoon" 2020

The new edition of the “Opensoon” call for projects is launched. This competition aims at future traders who would like to start a business in the Brussels-Capital Region.

The support offered to the selected winners will translate into a free accompaniment (coaching and consultancy) combined with a grant (of maximum €15.000) for projects that meet the criteria of integrity, originality, quality, durability and circular economy.

More information (French)

More information (Dutch)

New call for projects urban agriculture 2020

Would you like to set up a project in professional urban agriculture and are you still looking for financial support? Submit your application file until 31 July 2020!

The main purpose of this call for projects is to significantly increase the city's self-sufficiency in food supply through innovative, sustainable production that performs well on the environmental and economic level and also creates jobs. This call for projects is part of the broader Good Food Strategy.

Interested? You will find all information here (in French or Dutch).


Compensatory premium COVID-19

A new premium of € 2,000 is now available to support a number of categories of micro-businesses that were not eligible for other measures.
Do you fulfill the six criteria? Then apply for the premium no later than 30 June 2020.

Check if you can apply for this grant

COVID-19 : measures

Following the measures to limit the spread of the Coronavirus, the following measures are implemented until further notice.

Last update: 01/07

Support for impacted businesses

Is your company part of a sector whose activities are suspended due to Covid-19?

HERE you can check the overview of the primes Brussels Economy and Employment offers to support businesses impacted by the corona crisis. (information in French or Dutch only). 


Our services have been adapted

Work permits

As part of the COVID-19 measures, we invite you to send your questions about single permits and work permits for employees, or professional cards to the following email address: We will provide a quick answer, by email or, if necessary, by telephone.

Our counters are closed.

Please note: Your applications for obtaining work permits and single permits should preferably be submitted digitally via the email address mentioned above.

All information and forms, and the answers to some frequently asked questions are available on our website


Private employment agencies

Submission of activity reports for the year 2019: deadline of 30/06/2020 exceptionnally postponed until 30/09/2020. More info.

Please send all your documents via mail only to



The laboratory continues to function with minimal staffing in order to further support the food industry in Brussels. The normal speed for the delivery of test results is therefore not guaranteed (priority for urgent analyses).
We remain available for all your questions.


Other services

Please contact us preferably via the contact form. We will respond as soon as possible.

Covid prime of €4000

Please refer to the information pages in French and Dutch.


Coronavirus and businesses: the Brussels Region helps!

1819, the regional information and orientation service for entrepreneurs, closely follows the developments around the corona virus.

It centralizes and disseminates all official information that could possibly help you.

On their website you will find an overview of the Belgian websites where you can find current and reliable information.

Of course you can also call the service directly by dialing the number 1819 (free of cvost).

Check their web page on the corona virus and the impact on businesses in French or in Dutch.

Kick-off beCircular 2020

In 2020, too, Brussels Economy and Employment will support projects, companies and entrepreneurs who dare to make their activities more sustainable with a strong focus on circular economy. 

The call for projects “Be Circular - Be Brussels” supports innovative projects that want to create or evolve the core business of one (or more) company(ies) towards more sustainability in order to promote the transition from economic players to the circular economy.

You can submit projects in 4 categories:

  • Circular warves
  • Launch
  • Scale-up
  • Transition

What can you win?

  • specific financial support from the Region that can amount to € 30,000, € 80,000 or € 200,000, depending on the categories
  • support, upon request, of all business support services
  • promotion of the success of your project

Projects can be submitted until 15 May at noon.

Interested? You will find all information on our website in French or in Dutch.

Call for projects "Diversity and anti-discrimination" 2020


This call for projects aims at concrete actions to combat discrimination in recruitment and to support labor market diversity in the Brussels-Capital Region. It is addressed to all private associations and local authorities that want to develop projects in that sense.

The reward is a financial support of at least € 5000 for your project.

The competition jury will draw up a ranking of the projects that meet the following 6 criteria best: Compliance with the regional objectives with regard to diversity, the technical-budgetary credibility of the project, its innovative nature, the impact on the employment of the target groups in the Brussels Region, combating multiple and overlapping forms of discrimination, and the quality of possible partnerships.

How to participate? Projects must be submitted no later than midnight on April 15, 2020.

An information session will be organized on March 6 at 10 am (CCN Iris room - Rue du Progrès 80/1, 1030 Brussels).

More info and registration in French and in Dutch.

Call for projects social economy 2020

Call for innovative projects from social and democratic companies

The 2020 edition of the social economy project call has been launched. The Brussels Region is looking to support "innovative projects from social and democratic enterprises" for a total budget of 1 million euros.
This call is open for all companies and non-profit organizations active within the framework of social and democratic entrepreneurship in the Brussels Region and who want to make a proposal that meets one of the five project types:

  1. Starters: innovative projects
  2. Creating new jobs
  3. Changes in the management of the company, also when transferring or taking over the activities
  4. Scale-up: up-scaling
  5. Formalize the informal economy

You can receive specific financing that can amount to € 80,000.
The deadline for applications is 15/04/2020.

Two information sessions (in French and Dutch) will be organized on 21/02/2020 and 10/03/2020.

More info and registration in French or in Dutch


European Digital Innovation Hubs

Maroccan pastry
As part of the Digital Europe Program, the European Commission, together with the Member States, plans on setting up a network of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIH) in order to support the private and public sector in their digital transformation and to disseminate the latest advances in cybersecurity, AI and HPC.

Are you eligible?
The applicants must:
  • have at least one head office in the Brussels-Capital Region; 
  • pursue a not-for-profit objective; 
More information about the admission requirements can be found in the form on our partners website: Innoviris.

  • Don't forget to register for the info session on February 4th 2020. 
  • Submit your project outline before 3 April 2020 at 2 pm.

Info Session "Financing Social Integration Companies"

The Brussels-Capital Region supports social integration companies but as you know, the rules have changed recently.

All information about the financing of recognized social enterprises aiming at socio-professional integration can now be found on our website (in French and in Dutch).

To answer your questions and optimally guide you, an information session will take place in French on 6 February and in Dutch on 13 February 2020.
It is intended for social enterprises that have applied for recognition and are active in the field of socio-professional integration.

Program: the mandate procedure and the financing procedure in 2020. Presentations by Brussels Economy and Employment and Actiris.
Date: in French February 6, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM, in Dutch February 13, 2020 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Address: Boulevard du Jardin Botanique 20, Brussels.

Register for the infosession in French

Register for the infosession in Dutch

Digital Innovation Challenge for startups and SMEs

Logo of the wizard (in french)

This Digital Innovation Challenge invites SMEs and startups, providers of digital services across Europe, to propose innovative services and solutions based on the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions. 

The Challenge is particularly targeted at Digital SMEs and startups that would like to accelerate their digitally-enabled growth and leverage on already existing components that provide basic capabilities to facilitate the delivery of digital, interoperable, cross-border and cross-domain services and solutions in order to provide better services to citizens and businesses.

The winning SMEs and startups stand to win EUR 50 000 (first place), EUR 20 000 (second place) and EUR 10 000 (third place).

The next info session is 30 January 2020 and the closing date for application is 28 February 2020, 12.00 pm.

More info and registration

Happy new year!

Best wishes!

wishes 2020

Brussels Economy and Employment wishes you a very happy holiday season and a happy new year 2020!

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