Can Prior Permission money come in installments or it has to come at one go?‎


We are a registered public charitable trust based at vadodara, Gujarat. We are established with a purpose of financing education of economically backward children who wish to study. We have already sponsored college education of 3 girl child to start with.

I was going through your website and found discussion forum on various issues. I need one of my query addressed by your panel experts. Can you please put forth the query and request the expert to reply pls.

Q – we wish to mobilise some funds from abroad, for which we need prior permission under the FCRA since we are a new organisation. Prior permission is given for a specific contribution, for specific purpose and specific amount. So my query is that if for a particular project I have estimated an expense of say about Rs. 5 lacs which someone from the US is willing to donate. Can that money come in instalments or it has to come at one go??? Can this donor collect the said fund from various different individuals who are also US citizens willing to donate; create a pool and then donate it to us???

Awaiting for your kind reply.


Minal Shah
Gyandeep Foundation

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Can a religious organization receive funds for social activities?‎

Dear Sir,‎

We have an FCRA registration in the name of Seminary Council Baptist Theological Seminary. ‎We got renewal certificate. In the certificate, it is mentioned nature of association as Religious, ‎but in the renewal application (FC-3) we had applied as Religous, Social & Education.‎

My query is can we receive funds for social activities and community development projects like ‎sewing institutions and self-employment vocational training course for poor people through our ‎organisation.‎

Thank you

Devasahayam Boni

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Consultancy by FCRA Registered organization to Non-FC NGOs

Dear Friends,‎

Season’s Greetings from Hyderabad!‎
Please clarify latest position on FCRA certified NGOs giving consultancy contracts / paying ‎service/consultancy fee to non-FCRA certified NGOs.‎

For ready reference: ” any fee / consultancy charge out of foreign funds received by FCRA ‎registered NGOs paid for services to non-FCRA NGOs is not treated as foreign contribution fund. ‎Pl refer to FCRA 2010, page 3, explanation 3″.‎

Please confirm validity of such a provision as of now.‎

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Hefty Compounding Fees under FCRA

FCRA Dept, has recently come out with a Gazette Notification No. SO 2291 (E) dated 5 June 2018, which has completely revamped the compounding penalties under FCRA Act 2010, superseding earlier two Notifications (SO 1976(E) dt 26th Aug 2011 and SO 2133(E) dt 16th June 2016.

The new notification covers a large number of offences specified within the FCRA Act 2010 and seems to be quite comprehensive. Let us briefly look at these offences and penalties imposed.

1. Acceptance of Foreign Hospitality without Prior Permission (S.6) Rs 10,000/- Not covered earlier
2. Transfer of FC to any other person who does not have registration or prior permission. (S.7) Rs 1 lakh or 10% of trfd whichever is higher. Not covered earlier.
3. Violating 50% limit on Admin Exps. (S. 8) Rs 1 lakh or 5% of excess amount spent on Admin. whichever is higher. Not covered earlier.
4. Accepting FC without registration or Prior Permission (S. 11) Rs 1 lakh or 10% of amount so accepted whichever is higher. Earlier this penalty was for 2%-5%, with minimum range from Rs 10k to Rs 1 lac, whichever higher.
5a. Accepting FC in any account other than designated account. Rs 1 lakh or 5% of amount so accepted whichever is higher.  




5b. Non-reporting of such amount by banks and concerned entity. Rs 1 lakh or 3% of amount so rec’d or deposited whichever is higher. -ditto-
5c. Non-FCRA funds deposited in designated account. Rs 1 lakh or 2% of amount so deposited whichever is higher. Not covered earlier.
6. Non-intimation of receipt of FC as per S.18 Rs 1 lakh or 5% of amount so rec’d during non-submission period, whichever is higher. Not covered earlier.
7. Non-maintenance of account and records as per S.19 of the Act. Rs 1 lakh or 5% of FC during non-maintenance period, whichever is higher. Not covered earlier.

Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008

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FCRA Department has issued a notice to 3292 to organizations who have not  filed their annual return for the period from 2011-12 to 2016-17.

As per this notice, all these organizations have been given a time limit of 15 days (i.e. till 8th May 2018) to submit their return. The status of the submission of annual return will be reviewed after 15 days of issue of the notice.  If any organization failed to submit the same, penal action will be taken against them.

It may be noted that evn if you have not rec’d Foreign Contribution during the above years, nill return must be filed. You can download the list of all these organisations from the link given below.

Please help us in sharing this information widely amongst all NGOs. (click here for list of organisation)

Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008.


Darpan Registration – What if Trustees refuse Aadhar?‎

Dear Sir,

We have registered trust and national level managing body, we want change our trust committee,we
have 14 members and 05 members are not giving their PAN and ADHAR CARD but this is necessary for ngo
darpan,registrar is telling for registered new trust,he will not change our trust committee,please guide
us.what we should do?

Udit Narayan Shukla

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Sad News of passing away of Sh Vijay Sardana, Founding President of SRRF

Dear Dialogue Members,

With profound sorrow, I inform SRRF Dialogue members that Shri Vijay K. Sardana (Founder President of SRRF), has passed away yesterday morning (28/03/2018) after a brief period of illness.

Shri Sardana ji, 73, had devoted almost his entire life to the social development sector. He was an unassuming man but who was firm on principles of ethics & integrity in his day to day life. He worked tirelessly to improve governance practices in the social sector. He was one of the first to promote true partnership of NGOs among donor agencies. All of us are heart-broken at loss of his inspirational leadership, but vow to continue on the path guided by him.

His family has organized a prayer meeting in his memory on Saturday, 31st March 2018 at 4:00 PM. Venue: Arya Samaj Mandir, Jor Bagh, New Delhi.

May his soul rest in peace.

Ramanuj Maurya
Socio Research & Reform Foundation (NGO)
512 A, Deepshikha, 8 Rajendra Place, New Delhi – 110008
e-mail:; website:

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Renewal of 80G

Dear Sir/Madam,

Our organization Education Resource Society, Uttar Pradesh has got 12 A and 80 G registration in 2008 and 80 G registration has been dead. We want to now renewal the same registration. Please guide us about processing and required documents and also send the link if possible online filling for renewal.

Thanks and Regards


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Transfer of funds from FCRA to Non FCRA A/c

I wanted your help with regards to a question I have on our FCRA account. ‎

We are a NGO in Bangalore catering to cancer patients in their last stages with free treatment.‎

We have a donor who funds us every year for a portion of the operating expenses ( Salaries and ‎Medicines) by remittance into our FCRA Account. ‎

Their cycle of funding is from 1st Oct to 30 Sep of every year. This year we received their funds late ie ‎only by December. So we met the expenses (medicines and salary and food) from our own rupee ‎donations in another bank. ‎

The question is whether we can now transfer the amount of those expenses from the FCRA account ‎to our rupee account in the other bank.‎

Would be very grateful if you could provide an answer. ‎

With kind regards

Yours Sincerely

Mathew Chandy

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Are FCRA funds allowed for Corpus purposes

Dear Friends,

If a foreign entity wishes to donate to our Corpus, is that allowed under FCRA? If so, are there any special formalities to be followed?

A quick response will be much appreciated.

Thanks & regards,

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