†† Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 (FCRA) was enacted in the year 1976 with the prime objective of regulating 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 this 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 objective of preventing any possible diversion of such funds towards activities detrimental to the national interest and to ensure that such individuals and organizations may function in a manner consistent with the values of sovereign democratic republic.
The organizations seeking foreign contributions for definite cultural, social, economic, educational or religious programmes 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 stated objectives. Registration is granted only after thorough security vetting of the activities and antecedents of the organization and office bearers thereof.† However, such organizations which are newly established and do not have proven track record of functioning may also receive foreign contribution for specific activities, for a specific purpose and from a specific source after seeking project based prior permission (PP) from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
In order to bring in transparency in the administration of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 and the Rules framed there under, improve the functioning, disseminate the information and enhance user friendliness of the various procedures the web-site is uploaded with all the FCRA forms, Citizensí Charter, list of registered associations, State-wise status of application for registration/prior permission, etc. In our efforts to bring in further improvements in the system, the following additional charters/materials are uploaded for information and guidance of all concerned: