FCRA Registration

FCRA Registration refers to the registration process under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. This act regulates the acceptance and utilization of foreign contributions and donations by individuals, associations, and organizations in India. FCRA Registration is mandatory for any entity that intends to receive foreign contributions and donations from foreign sources, including individuals, associations, and organizations. It is issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, and is valid for a period of five years.
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Overview of FCRA Registration

FCRA stands for Foreign Contribution Regulation Act, which requires charitable institutions to register themselves if they wish to receive funds or donations from foreign entities/resources.
Under Section 6 of FCRA, organizations with definite cultural, social, educational, religious, or economic objectives are permitted to accept foreign contributions/donations only after obtaining FCRA registration.
To obtain FCRA registration, organizations must be duly registered for charitable purposes and agree to receive foreign contributions through a specific bank account. They must also be registered under the NGO Darpan Registration and have an active existence for at least 3 years.

The purpose of FCRA Registration is to ensure that the foreign contributions received by the recipient entity are not being utilized for activities that are detrimental to the national interest or security of India. It also aims to ensure that the foreign contributions received are being used for the purposes for which they are intended and that the funds are not being misused.

Advantages of FCRA Registration

Improved Credibility FCRA registration enhances the credibility of an NGO as it demonstrates financial transparency and accountability, which can attract more donors and supporters.
Increased Opportunities FCRA registration opens up new fundraising opportunities for NGOs as they can receive contributions from foreign organizations and ongoing assistance and investment from other entities.
Legal Authorization FCRA registration provides legal authorization to NGOs to receive foreign contributions for charitable purposes, ensuring compliance with Indian laws and regulations.
Access to Government Schemes FCRA registered NGOs can access government schemes and grants to support their programs and initiatives, enabling them to reach more people and make a bigger impact.
Separate Bank Account FCRA registration allows NGOs to open a separate bank account for foreign contributions, making it easier to manage foreign funds separately from domestic funds.
Easy Renewal FCRA registration can be renewed easily to continue receiving foreign contributions for charitable purposes, ensuring ongoing support for the NGO’s activities.
Government Approval FCRA registration is an official Government Registration approved by the regulator, providing further assurance of the NGO’s credibility and compliance with Indian laws and regulations.

Registration Process

Contact Legal Suvidha to initiate the FCRA registration process.
Step 1: A Compliance Manager from Legal Suvidha will get in touch with you and provide a simple checklist to submit along with your documents for processing.
Step 2: Our expert team will verify the documents provided by you and keep you updated on the progress of filing Form FC-3A / FC-3B online as the case may be.
Step 3: Once the verification process is complete, Legal Suvidha will submit the relevant form i.e FC-3A or FC-3B online along with all the necessary documents and prescribed fees.
Step 4: Upon payment of the prescribed government fees for FCRA Registration, it may take at least 4 months to get the FCRA Registration.


Required Documents

FCRA Registration (FC-3A)

1. Registration Certificate of Association

2. Memorandum of Association/Trust Deed

3. Activity Report for the Last 3 Years

4. Audited Statement of accounts for the last three years

5. NGO Darpan Certificate

6. PAN of trust/society/section 8 company

7. Affidavit of trustees/directors

FCRA Prior Permission (FC-3B)

1. Registration Certificate of Association

2. Memorandum of Association/Trust Deed

3. Commitment Letter from the organization & agreement

4. Project Report for which FC will be received

5. NGO Darpan Certificate

6. PAN of trust/society/section 8 company

7.Affidavit of trustees/directors


FAQ's FCRA Registration :-

Once issued, an FCRA Registration certificate is valid for 5 years. An application for FCRA registration renewal may be submitted six months before the registration is set to expire in order to maintain its validity.
Absolutely, according to the legislation, any donation received from a “foreign source” in rupees or another currency is considered a “foreign contribution.”
The FC-4 annual compliance form must be submitted no later than December 31st of each year, which is nine months after the conclusion of the financial year.
No, Foreign contribution cannot be utilized or mixed with the Local receipts.

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