Non-Profit Organisations: Registration and Funding
REGISTRATION OF NPOS
A non-profit organisation (NPO) may register with the NPO Directorate in the National Department of Social Development. An NPO can be a trust, a company or any other association of persons, which has a public rather than a private purpose, and which does not operate for profit (not-for-profit means that the NPO's property or income is not paid out to its office bearers, except as payment for work done or services rendered). Types of NPOs include:
There are a number of non-profit organisations already registered in the Western Cape. Registration of an NPO is not compulsory but voluntary. Registration gives an NPO some legitimacy, and applications for funding, whether to government or other funding organisations, are more likely to be successful when an NPO is registered.
FUNDING FOR NPOS
The Provincial Department of Social Development provides subsidies and programme funding for NPOs that provide developmental welfare services. Any NPO can apply for this funding.
REGISTERING AN NPO
It does not cost anything to register an NPO. Only NPOs that have a constitution or some other founding document can be registered. The National Department has developed a model constitution (also available in Afrikaans).
To register an NPO, you need to submit an application form and two copies of your NPO's founding document (constitution, deed of trust, or memorandum and articles of association).
Or hand-delivered to:
Your application for registration will take about two months to process. However, on receipt of the application, an acknowledgement of receipt letter will be sent to you. A registration certificate follows if the application is successful. It is possible to appeal if your application is unsuccessful.
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