NGOs intending to receive funds and donations from other countries should first register under the provisions of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, 1976. Either permanent registration or prior permission for a specific contribution can be sought from the FCRA Section of Ministry of Home Affairs. A registered NGO having existence for at least three years can be registered under this provision.
The NGOs cannot take foreign contribution directly. For this purpose they should be registered under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 1976, commonly known as the FCRA. There can be two types of contribution from the foreign source, i.e. one time or expected more than once and even regularly. For any one time contribution the NGOs can receive the amount by seeking prior permission of the FCRA Section of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India; whereas for multiple and regular contributions of the foreign source it is advisable to seek permanent registration from the said Ministry.
FCRA Registration Procedure -
Application for registration under FCRA can be filed any time after registration of the organization, but the organization with a considerable past history of activities have a greater chance of convincing the FCRA authorities with regard to genuineness and the relevance of their purpose. Organizations desirous of registering themselves with the FCRA department are required to apply along with various documents. The FCRA department issues a registration certificate and provides a permanent registration number, which is required to be quoted in all future correspondence and filing of returns and forms. Under certain circumstances application for registration will be refused if it affects the sovereignty and integrity of India.
FCRA Registration is must for Foreign Funding & International Donation.
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