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FCRA Registration

Charitable Trusts, Societies, Section 8 Company that receive foreign contribution or donation from foreign sources are required to obtain registration under Section 6(1) of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010. Such a registration under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 2010 is called a FCRA registration

Procedure For FCRA Registration

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Procedure

Eligibility

Organizations seeking foreign contributions for definite cultural, social, economic, educational or religious programmes may obtain FCRA registration or receive foreign contribution through “prior permission” route. The not-for-profit entity must have also been in existence for a minimum of three years while making the FCRA application and should not have received any foreign contribution prior to that without the Government’s approval.

Additionally, the entity seeking registration should have spent at least
Rs.10, 00,000/- over the last three years on its aims and objects, excluding administrative expenditure

Criteria for Grant of FCRA Registration

The ‘person’ or ‘entity’ making an application for registration or grant of prior permission-

  • Is not fictitious or benami ?
  • Has not been prosecuted or convicted for indulging in activities aimed at conversion through inducement or force, either directly or indirectly, from one religious faith to another.
  • Has not been prosecuted or convicted for creating communal tension or disharmony in any specified district or any other part of the country.
  • Has not been found guilty of diversion or mis-utilisation of its funds.
  • An application is required to be made for the selection of the name of the company.
  • An application comprising the main object clause of the company is to be made. This object clause will define what a company will pursue after its incorporation.
  • Is not engaged or likely to engage in propagation of sedition or advocate violent methods to achieve its ends.
  • Is not likely to use the foreign contribution for personal gains or divert it for undesirable purposes.
  • Has not contravened any of the provisions of this Act.
  • Has not been prohibited from accepting foreign contribution.
  • The person being an individual, such individual has neither been convicted under any law for the time being in force nor is any prosecution for any offence pending against him.
  • The person being other than an individual, any of its directors or office bearers has neither been convicted under any law for the time being in force nor any prosecution for any offence is pending against him.

Documents

  • Self-certified copy of registration certificate/Trust deed etc., of the association
  • Self-certified copy of relevant pages of Memorandum of Association/ Article of Association showing aim and objects of the association.
  • Activity Report indicating details of activities during the last three years;
  • Copies of relevant audited statement of accounts for the past three years (Assets and Liabilities, Receipt and Payment, Income and Expenditure) clearly reflecting expenditure incurred on aims and objects of the association and on administrative expenditure
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