Any Association having definite cultural, economic, educational, religion or social Programme and accepting foreign contribution shall take registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010. Foreign Contribution is regulated by Ministry of Home Affairs. Application for registration under FCRA shall be made to The Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Home Affairs, Foreigners Division (FCRA Wing), NDCC-II Building, Jai Singh Road, New Delhi – 110001. FCRA, 2010 has been enacted by the Parliament to consolidate the law to regulate the acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality by certain individuals or associations or companies and to prohibit acceptance and utilization of foreign contribution or foreign hospitality for any specified activities only after obtaining the requisite permission under the said Act.
There are two modes of obtaining permission to accept foreign contribution according to FCRA, 2010:
For grant of registration, the association should be registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 or Section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013. For the purpose of granting registration, the association should have undertaken reasonable activity in its chosen field for the benefit of the society and should have spent at least Rs.10,00,000/- over the last three years on its aims and objects, excluding administrative expenditure.
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