Non-profit organisations: registration and funding | Western Cape Government

Non-profit organisations: registration and funding


A non-profit organisation is a trust, company or other association of persons that is started to assist the needy or disadvantaged.

Being a registered non-profit organisation (NPO) will not only improve your chances of getting funding, it also tells communities that you care about providing quality services.

Only registered non-profit organisations (NPOs) are eligible for government funding. 

An NPO can register with the NPO Directorate in the National Department of Social Development (DSD)

NPO registration and funding

Different types of NPOs

An NPO can be a trust, a company or organisation, which has a public rather than a private purpose. This means that your NPO will not operate for profit but provide social services.

Types of NPOs include:

Who’s responsible for NPOs?

The Western Cape Department of Social Development assists NPOs with funding, while the national Department of Social Development helps all NPOs with registration.



Registering your NPO

To register your NPO you’ll need the following documents:

  • A founding document /constitution. Here's a checklist to help you formulate your organisation's constitution.
  • A deed of trust (a written agreement used by trusts).
  • The memorandum and articles of association (which set out the mission of your NPO and monitors its growth).

You can apply for registration in 2 ways:

  1. Register online.
  2. Post your application form and 2 copies of your NPO founding documents (constitution or deed of trust, and memorandum and articles of association).

Where to apply

You can post your documents to:

NPO Directorate 
Department of Social Development
Private Bag X901

or hand-deliver them to:

NPO Directorate
HSRC Building
134 Pretorius Street

You can contact the NPO Directorate on:

Tel: 012 312 7500

What next?

Whether you apply by post 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 with advice to re-apply. 

Contact information

Funding your NPO

As an NPO founder, you’re encouraged to raise funds to help your organisation achieve its mission and goals. You can also contact your nearest regional office of the Department of Social Development to apply for subsidies and funding programmes. The next funding cycle opens in 2020. 

Regional Offices

The City of Cape Town also offers grants and funding.  

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 20 August 2018