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Subsidy Fund

As a not-for-profit NGO, HQAI is committed to ensuring that its services are accessible to organisations working in the humanitarian and development sectors however small, whatever their budget, and wherever they are located.

Indeed, while auditing processes are recommended for organisations of all sizes, national and local organisations have found these services invaluable. Here’s what some of them have said about their experiences with HQAI:


The CHS certification was a transformative experience for EFICOR because the way the independent auditors looked at the standard was different from the way we did. Prem LIVINGSTONE, EFICOR, December 2019


The audit has enhanced our services on the ground and our budget has increased by 7% since the certification. Nalan ÜKER, IBC, October 2019


The international community, particularly the donors like organisations that are certified on aspects like accountability, credibility and transparency. Qassem SAAD, Naba’a, July 2019

Leaving no one behind

We understand that the cost of an audit could be a barrier for small or national organisations. To address this, we have established a Subsidy Fund to support organisations in countries affected by crisis in covering their audit costs. Applications are made to an independent committee, which grants subsidies that can cover up to 90% of the cost of an audit.

Between 2017 and 2019 HQAI’s Subsidy Fund granted subsidies worth more than 300’000 CHF to 10 national organisations in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Lebanon, South Sudan, Turkey and Uganda.

Watch this video to learn what our local partners say about their role in the humanitarian and development sector.

Who can apply for the Subsidy Fund?

In a sector that offers so much diversity, both national and international organisations can apply for a subsidy. The Committee gives priorities to:

  • National NGOs that directly assist people affected by crisis in their own country;
  • National NGOs working nationally through partners that assist people affected by crisis in their own country;
  • International NGOs (that have activities in at least one country outside their home country), the priority level diminishing in proportion to the number of countries where they operate.

Get your subsidy!

The Subsidy Fund is a not-to-be-missed opportunity and here is how interested organisations can apply to it:

  1. Decide which audit service you would like to request: certification, independent verification or benchmarking.
  2. Visit the application process site and indicate in your application the interest in the Subsidy Fund.

The detailed process of how the Committee grants subsidies and on what criteria these decisions are based are explained in the Subsidy Fund Policy (POL200) and Procedure (PRO200).

Read here the Subsidy Fund Policy (POL200)
Read here the Subsidy Fund Procedure (PRO200)

Voices from our subsidised partners!

Certification was an eye-opening experience

EFICOR's certification journey.

The Subsidy Fund is revolutionising organisations

TPO Uganda's take on independent verification against the CHS.

Takaful Alsham's CHS certification journey

"Since organisations can apply to the Subsidy Fund that covers up to 90% of the costs of the audit, it is accessible to any organisation," says Mohammed Ezaldeen, Takaful Alsham.


Another support option for small or national organisations is the Group scheme

Group scheme

The Group scheme allows for several organisations to apply collectively - as a Group - for our services and share the costs of the audit.
The Group scheme is very flexible and ideal for existing networks and alliances, but also for independent organisations that work together in one context (e.g. country, region, cluster).


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