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FCRA - Foreign Contribution Regulation Act

Contact - 9334455885 | 9234180748 for FCRA Registration ....The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010 (42 of 2010) dated the 26thSeptember, 2010 was notified in the Gazette of India – Extraordinary – Part II – Section I dated the 27th  September, 2010. However, the Act has come into force with effect from the 1st May, 2011 vide Gazette Notification vide G.S.R. 349 (E) dated the 29th April, 2011.  Consequently, the earlier Act, viz., the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 has been repealed. The Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules, 2011 made under section 48 of FCRA, 2010 have also come into force simultaneously with FCRA, 2010 vide Gazette Notification vide G.S.R. 349 (E) dated the 29th April, 2011.  While the provisions of the repealed FCRA, 1976 have generally been retained, the FCRA, 2010 is an improvement over the repealed Act as more stringent provisions have been made in order to prevent misutilization of the foreign contribution received by the associations. The prime objective of the Act is to regulate the acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution and foreign hospitality by persons and associations working in the important areas of national life. The focus of the Act is to ensure that the foreign contribution and foreign hospitality is not utilized to affect or influence electoral politics, public servants, judges and other people working the important areas of national life like journalists, printers and publishers of newspapers, etc. The Act also seeks to regulate flow of foreign funds to voluntary organizations with the objective of preventing any possible diversion of such funds towards activities detrimental to the national interest and to ensure that individuals and organizations may function in a manner consistent with the values of the sovereign democratic republic.
Organizations seeking foreign contributions for definite cultural, social, economic, educational or religious programs may either obtain registration or prior permission to receive foreign contribution from Ministry of Home Affairs by making application in the prescribed format and furnishing details of the activities and audited accounts.  The registration is granted only to such association which has proven track record of functioning in the chosen field of work during last three years and after registration, such organization is free to receive foreign contribution from any foreign source for its stated objectives.


  1. Online filing of FCRA Annual Returns
  2. Instructions for filing online of FCRA Annual Returns
  3. Online filing of application for grant of FCRA Registration
  4. Instructions for filing online grant of FCRA Registration
  5. Online filing of application for grant of FCRA Prior Permission
  6. Instructions for filing online grant of FCRA Prior Permission
  7. Online filing of Application for Accepting Foreign Hospitality Under FCRA
  8. Instructions for filing Online of FCRA Hospitality

Who Can Apply for FCRA:

  1. Any Association/NGO wishing to receive foreign contribution (FC) must have a definite cultural, economic, educational, religious or social program.
  2. It shall neither receive nor utilize any FC without obtaining either prior permission or registration from the Central Govt.
  3. Details of FC received prior to obtaining either prior permission or registration should be mentioned clearly at the time of applying for prior permission or registration, as the case may be.
  4. Application for grant of registration is to be made online in Form FC–3.
  5. Application seeking prior permission to accept foreign contribution is to be made online in Form FC–4.
  6. The application should be complete in all respects and no column should be left blank.
  7. Each Prior permission application should be sent for receiving a specific amount, for a specific purpose and from a specific donor.
  8. Following documents should be enclosed with the application for grant of Registration:
  • Hard-copy of the online application, duly signed by the Chief Functionary of the association;
  • Certified copy of registration certificate or Trust deed, as the case may be;
  • Details of activities during the last three years;
  • Copies of audited statement of accounts for the past three years (Asset and Liabilities, Receipt and Payment, Income and Expenditure);
  • If functioning as editor, owner, printer or publisher of a publication registered under the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, a certificate from the Registrar of Newspaper for India that the publication is not a newspaper in terms of section 1(1) of the said Act.
  • A copy of the PAN, if issued by Income Tax authorities.
  • Fee of by means of demand draft or banker’s cheque of Rs. 2000/- in favour of the “Pay and Accounts Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs”, payable at New Delhi.

Following documents should be enclosed with the application for grant of Prior Permission:

  • Hard-copy of the online application, duly signed by the Chief  Functionary of the association;
  • Certified copy of registration certificate or Trust deed, as the case may be;
  • Commitment letter from foreign donor specifying the amount of foreign contribution;
  • Copy of the project report  for which foreign contribution is  solicited/being offered;
  • If functioning as editor, owner, printer or publisher of a publication registered under the Press and Registration of Books Act, 1867, a certificate from the Registrar of Newspaper for   India that the publication is not a newspaper in terms of section 1(1) of the said Act.
  • A copy of the PAN, if issued by Income Tax authorities.
  • Fee of by means of demand draft or banker’s cheque of Rs. 1000/- in favour of the “Pay and Accounts Officer, Ministry of Home Affairs”, payable at New Delhi.
    Note:  The hard copy of the on-line application along with all the documents mentioned above must reach the Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division (FCRA Wing) within thirty days of the submission of the on-line application, failing which the request of the person for grant of registration or prior permission, as the case may be, shall be deemed to have ceased.

FCRA, 2010, FCRR, 2011, FAQs thereon and all other related information and, the Forms FC-3 and FC-4 as also link to FCRA Online Services are available at the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs at