Any individual, association or company in India before receiving any foreign contribution or donation from foreign sources is required to obtain registration from the Central Government under section 11 of Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (FCRA). Where a person does not obtain registration as provided above, he may accept foreign contribution only after obtaining the prior permission from the Central Government. Registration under FCRA is governed by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
For grant of registration under FCRA, the association should:
FCRA PRIOR PERMISSION
For grant of prior permission, the association should:
Foreign Contribution means the donation, delivery or transfer made by any foreign source:
A donation, delivery or transfer of any article, currency or foreign security by any person who has received it from any foreign source, either directly or through one or more persons, shall also be deemed to be a foreign contribution. The interest accrued on the foreign contribution deposited in any bank or any other income derived from the foreign contribution or interest thereon shall also be deemed to be a foreign contribution within the meaning of this clause. Any amount received, by any person from any foreign source in India, by way of fee (including fees charged by an educational institution in India from foreign student) or towards cost in lieu of goods or services rendered by such person in the ordinary course of his business, trade or commerce whether within India or outside India or any contribution received from an agent of a foreign source towards such fee or cost shall be excluded from the definition of foreign contribution.
Foreign source includes:
Conditions to be met for the grant of registration and prior permission:
The 'person' making an application for registration or grant of prior permission-
12. the acceptance of foreign contribution-
13. the person making an application for registration has undertaken reasonable activity in its chosen field for the benefit of the society for which the foreign contribution is proposed to be utilized.
14. the person making an application for prior permission has prepared a reasonable project for the benefit of the society for which the foreign contribution is proposed to be utilized.
Filling of Online Application
Submission of Online Application
Issuance of FCRA Registration Certificate
For prior permissions