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


98 responses to “How to register an NGO in Kenya

  1. Anthony, I am a universty student yet to become a graduate .. I have my 2 friends , and we wanted to start and register an NGO .. First of all I want to thank you for these guidelines .. Can I please find someone to guide me further on these please

  2. is it possible that there are other charges and fees to come up along the registration process? i am starting the registration process now…

  3. Hello am Joyce just started an orphanage to help the needy and orphans please help how do I get donors and well wishers to help with materials like clothing, food and money

  4. Hello there. I am John working as a finance officer in a Radio project of a Catholic church. Incomes comes from the church subsidies and radio revenues, and we pay salaries and benefits to our employees. My question is, do we have to prepare our own MOU, AOA and audited financial statements and also register as an NGO? Please help. Thanks in advance.

  5. I am intending to register an NGO in the same line.Partner with me.I have donors already.I have reserved the name.

  6. I registered a CBO in Uganda.I am now intending to register an NGO in Kenya.This NGO upon registration in kenya will also be registered in Central American countries.We shall cover health, education, food aid, social economic security.I am looking for like-minded individuals who will join me to register…next month i will visiting central America to launch projects for kenya and uganda.At the moment i am in Bungoma.You can reach me on 0722669137

    • @anonymous, hello hope you are doing great, am very much impressed with your move, i have been figuring out the same, will you mind if we join hands in this.
      kind regards.
      Reuben Machani.
      Diani-Ukunda Kenia

    • I have learned your pretty intentions far late. kindly, may I know how far you’ve gone with this. At the same time, I am organising to start a primary health organisation. can we “put brains together “?

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

  8. 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

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. I would like to start an medical NGO to assist people from humble backgrounds with kidney related complications and do public awareness. what are the requirements and must i have professional qualification.

    • Hi Charity, I’m currently looking into working along the same lines. More specifically, those affected by Polycystic Kidney disease. Be happy to correspond with you. Thanks. Jane

      • I am intending to register an NGO in the same line.Partner with me.I have donors already.I have reserved the name.

  14. Hi. Highly appreciate the information above. do you give one on one guidance on how to get a proposal and ideas on achievable variables rolling? like step by step guidance on the same or rather incubation?

  15. My husband and I are born and raised in America we recently toured and came to Kenya and visited some orphanages. The children truly touched my heart and I have been unable to rest knowing that these children need help and I am not playing my part to make thier lives better. My husband and I are trying to open and orphanage from scratch, do you have any advice? Do you know of any grants or people that help with these type of projects? Thanks in Advance

    • My name is William Okola,
      I am leading a church here in Kenya called Living Rock Church and would love to meet you so that I can tell you what we can do.
      Please you can send me an email if you are interested to work with us.
      Much love,
      Pastor Okola

  16. I would like to start an NGO that distribute heifers to needy families to alleviate poverty and improve nutrition in their household. please assist.

    • Hi Sammy,
      We salute your noble cause to help reduce poverty and malnutrition.
      All the information regarding how to set up a NGO is indicated in this article, where you do not understand please feel free to leave a follow up comment

  17. Hi.Me and my friends are planning to start an NGO that deals with micro finance,providing education to needy children.poverty eradication projects,charity and other welfare activities.kindly what are the requirements.

  18. I’m currently working on a project to build a school for the less-fortunate kids in my rural home -how can I go about ab out registering the Organisation?
    please advice.

    • Hi Leakey, that is a really great initiative you have come up with and we appreciate you helping the less fortunate children in your area, such a venture generally lies in the strata of a Community Based Organization (CBO), we will soon post a detailed article on all the requirements needed in setting one up.
      please keep posted on our blog

  19. Considering most of us are interested in NGO’s and PBO’s, dont you think that 16,000 and 30,000 kenya shillings are too much?

  20. Am a teacher 44years old and passionate about supporting disadvantaged children.have raised six children from primary level to even college level.currently am supporting six children at their early years to access their basic needs. I also have mine three. Kindly advise me. (Jane.machakos county. Kenya.)

  21. We already have a self help group and need funds to support our projects please help on how to reach donors or sponsors

  22. with a friend we are interested to start an NGO to help children in Bungoma County and already we have 4 in school,avail me the forms to register please.

      • Hi Kongivilante kindly would to start an a Community Based Organisation to help poor to childrens in schools and also work with Government in elevating poverty in the world and more so Kenya. Your involvement in registration will be highly appreciated.

        With regards

  23. i want to register an organization what do i need to Qualify and after how long will the certificate to be issued to me?

  24. i hate poverty with every tissue in me. I hate to see helpless children, widows, widowers and large family with no steady income suffer for the rest of their lives. We wont wait for the government to give us everything on a silver plate. I want to start a poverty eradication and rehabilitation centre in my rural home area. Pls Help.

  25. good work.but i want to start an organization that will protect the boy child since the boy child has been neglected for long.

  26. i think you need to change the processing fees. it is 16,000 for a national scope NGO and 30,000 for an international scope NGO. there is also another 1000 processing fee for name reservation.

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