Non-profit organisations: registration and funding
A non-profit organisation is a trust, company or other association of persons formed to assist the needy or disadvantaged.
Being a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) will not only improve your chances of getting funding but also tells communities that you care about providing quality services.
Types of NGOs include:
How does government support NGOs?
The Western Cape Department of Social Development assists qualifying NGOs with funding, as we only fund organisations aligned to our mandates. The Western Cape Department of Social Development also assists NGOs with capacity building training as an important support provided by us. The national Department of Social Development helps all NGOs with registration.
Registration as a NPO in terms of the NPO Act of 1997
To register your NPO you’ll need the following founding documents:
The next step would be to:
You can make use of the Western Cape NPO help desk:
The NPO Help Desk was established to assist with registration support, compliance status information, NPO training, and certificate distribution.
In light of the shift in the Covid-19 Risk-Adjusted Strategy to Alert Level 4, the NPO help desk will continue to assist organisations via email and also have a dropbox for those opting to hand deliver registration and compliance documents.
As part of the national ‘Know Your Status Campaign,’ NPOs are encouraged to use the provincial DSD NPO Help Desk to determine their compliance status.
Many organisations have reported that they don’t know their status or didn’t know they had to submit annual reports. Nationally, 54% are non-compliant. NPOs with reports outstanding will be provided with the necessary support and documentation to facilitate compliance at the Help Desk.
Days: Monday to Thursday (closed on Fridays)
Where to apply
You can post your documents to:
or hand-deliver them to:
You can contact the NPO Directorate on:
Tel: 012 312 7500
Whether you apply by email or online, you’ll receive a reference number to track your application.
If you’re successful, you’ll receive a registration certificate.
If your application is unsuccessful, however, you’ll receive a letter stating the reason why it was not approved and what amendments are required.
Funding your NGO
The City of Cape Town also offers grants and funding.
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