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Applying for social assistance

If you have too little money to get by, you may be entitled to social assistance (bijstand). You can apply for social assistance at your municipality or the website, an online work platform operated by the Uitvoeringsinstituut Werknemersverzekeringen – UWV (Employee Insurance Agency).

You are entitled to social assistance if you:

  • are a Dutch citizen or lawfully resident in the Netherlands, and;

  • are aged 18 or over;

  • do not have enough income or funds to get by. Your (joint) income must be below the social assistance standard (in Dutch);

  • cannot claim any other provision or benefit;

  • are not in prison or in a detention house.

There are also a number of obligations when you receive social assistance (in Dutch).

This is how it works for you

Your (future) place of residence falls under:

Here is some information from your municipality.

Applying for social assistance

Please note. You can only apply for 'bijstand' if you live in the Netherlands and are registered with a municipality.

Duty to work

If you receive benefits from the municipality, you have an obligation to work. This means that you must do your best to find paid work quickly. If you don't, it could affect your benefit. We can help you find work. Are you offered a job? Then accept it, even if it does not match your education.

You will need to attach supporting documents to a number of questions. You can easily attach these. Preferably as a pdf file. A photo or other type of file is also allowed. Make sure that the document is clearly legible.

To determine whether you are entitled to assistance, we need information from you. For example:

  • Information about your income and assets.
  • A copy of your rental contract or mortgage.
  • Bank statements.
  • An overview of your job applications.

Applying online

You can apply for social assistance benefits online. You will need a DigiD to do this. There are no possibilities yet to do this without a DigiD. 


  • Harm Buiterplein 1, Groningen (Europapark)
  • Without appointment: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 11:00 hours
  • Call 050 367 50 00

WIJ team

We understand that not everyone is handy with a computer. That is why you can also visit a WIJ team in your area. We have PCs and scanning equipment at all locations and employees who will be happy to help you on your way.

You will hear within 8 weeks whether you will receive the benefit. You will receive assistance from the day of application.

Questions about this topic?

Contact the Municipality of Groningen

Last updated on 22 September 2022