How to register an NGO in Kenya



1. Name Reservation

  • Filling of FORM 2 and payment of Kshs.1000/- being processing fee.

  • Submission of Form to the Registry for conducting the search.

  • Conducting of search and recommendation for reservation by the Registry.

  • Submission of reserved name to the Programmes Manager for approval.

2. Registration Process


  • A letter addressed to the Executive Director requesting for registration.

  • Duly filled FORM 3 (three copies) in original Forms.

  • Duly filled Addendum to Form 3(two copies) providing specific information on their physical address and contact details.

  • Duly filled FORM 1 (one copy stating organization’s contact person).

  • Two (2) recent colored passport sized photographs of top three (3) officials with the names of the official and organization written at the back.

  • Photocopy of ID card/passports for the three (3) top officials.

  • Copy of Name Reservation FORM 2 duly approved and paid for.

  • Three (3) Copies of the proposed NGOs Constitution-signed by three top officials and one official on all the pages. A sample of constitution format can be viewed HERE

  • A Copy of minutes authorizing the filing of applications. The minutes should specifically resolve to register as an NGO.

  • Processing fees of (KES 16,000) for NGOs that are national in scope and (KES 30,000) for NGOs that are international in scope. In instances where the applicants have downloaded application forms from the NGOB website, they will be required to pay the requisite fee of Kenya Shillings Two Hundred (KES 200). Where a name reservation has not been paid for, the fee of KES 1000 will be applicable.

  • Proposed one-year budget of the applicant organization.

  • All applications shall be typed or filled in block letters.

  • All signatures must be in original form. Scanned and/photocopied signatures will not be accepted.

Source: NGOs Co-ordination Board

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103 replies

  1. Great piece of advise; kindly email me a constitution draft of already operational NGO.Prefferably Health .My EMAIL;

  2. Good job in this article and your competence in answering questions. Impressive!

  3. Very helpful information. Well done !

  4. This blog has been very helpful read most of your comments for us we have a community basedorganisation we formed it two yrs ago after clearing high school we didnt have any resources but we Trusted in God and now international organisationa are queing fighting for partnerships with us you can check our page on facebook(MY PASSION MY COMMITMENT)also our instagram page you will be inspired we are the change we want to see in the world

  5. We have a team that would like to help orphanages by helping to stabilize them and give them necessities like food and clothing. The goal is to give a life to something long abandoned and forgotten. I understand the registeration but what about sponsor s ?

    • Hi ikram,
      We appreciate the great initiative you are undertaking to help the underprivileged in society. The issue of sponsorship lies solely on your determination to succeed in your aforementioned initiative and it requires you to personally go out, share your vision and idea to people and engage them so that those who share in your vision and goals can ultimately sponsor you.

  6. Hello. Thank you for the informative article. However, my concern is if the procedure and the documents have changed over time. Kindly advise.

  7. Kindly let me know how l can get assistance individuals, donors etc with putting up a 4classroomed bulding for the OVCs l have in Migori County and a dometry as lam processing the registration already and have a 5acre plot already in place.

  8. Iam looking for persons donors who can help me put up buildings for a sch and dormetry for OVCs in Migori county l already purchased land 5acres for the time being, how do l get help? Am working on the Registration already.

  9. i would lyk to wak wid ngos am desperate wid job

  10. Hello.I have a CBO and I want to upgrade it to an NGO.Kindly assist.

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