FCRA Prior Permission


  • Any person, if it is not registered with the Central Government, can accept foreign contribution only after obtaining the prior permission of the Central Government and such prior permission shall be valid for the specific purpose for which it is obtained and from the specific source.
  • Any association registered with the Central Government or granted prior permission under that section of the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976, as it stood immediately before the commencement of this Act, shall be deemed to have been registered or granted prior permission, as the case may be, under this Act and such registration shall be valid for a period of five years from the date on which this section comes into force.
  • For this purpose, the association should meet following criteria:
    • Be registered under an existing statute like the Societies Registration Act, 1860 or the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 or section 8 of the Companies Act, 2013 etc.
    • Submit a specific commitment letter from the donor indicating the amount of foreign contribution and the purpose for which it is proposed to be given.

Procedure for FCRA Prior Permission

  • Go to Ministry of home affairs website by typing in address of web browser, http://fcraonline.nic.in

  • Create a Login ID

  • Fill Form FC-3B which a Registration Form

  • Upload required documents for registration

  • Pay Fees @ 3000 and print the Application

Sample copy of form FC-3B find here

Documents Required for the FCRA Prior Permission

Following documents are necessary for FCRA prior permission

  • Signature of the chief functionary
  • Self-certified copy of registration certificate/Trust deed etc., of the association.
  • Duly signed Commitment Letter from Donor.
  • Project Report for which FC will be received.
  • Associations has to upload affidavit of each key functionary.
  • Images of Chief Functionary signature and Seal of the Association which are saved in JPG/JPEG format.
  • Applicant seeking prior permission for foreign contribution for more than Rs.50, 00,000/- (Fifty Lakh rupees) shall enclose audited statements of accounts and activity report of the association for the last three years from the date of submission of application.
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