CHARTER FOR NGOs / ASSOCIATIONs APPLYING FOR GRANT OF PRIOR PERMISSION / REGISTRATION UNDER THE FOREIGN CONTRIBUTION (REGULATION) ACT, 1976.
Any NGO wishing to receive Foreign Contribution (FC) must have a definite cultural, economic, educational, religious or social programme.
It shall neither receive nor utilise any FC without obtaining either prior permission or registration from the Central Govt.
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.
An application for seeking prior permission to accept foreign contribution is to be made in Form FC – 1A, and for grant of registration in Form FC – 8, respectively. The forms can be downloaded from Ministry of Home Affairs Web Site at http://mha.nic.in/fcra.htm
The application should be complete in all respects and no column should be left blank.
Each Prior permission application should be sent for receiving a specific amount, for a specific purpose and from a specific donor. The donor’s commitment letter specifying the amount of FC and copy of project for which FC is solicited should invariably be sent along with the FC-1A form.
Copies of following documents are required to be sent alongwith FC-1A and FC-8 form –
Copy of certificate of registration issued under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 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 any printed work is brought out by the association, a certificate from the Press Registrar that the publication is not a newspaper in terms of section 1(1) of the Press Registration of Books Act, 1867.