CAF America Insider Blog

India Extends FCRA Eligibility as 6,000 NGOs Lose License

January 4, 2022

On December 31, 2021, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced an extension of FCRA registration certificates until March 31, 2022, or until their renewal application has been processed, whichever is earlier. Many FCRA registrations had previously set to expire on October 31, 2021, and subsequently, December 31, 2021 after the Ministry issued an initial extension. The extension only applies to organizations whose FCRA renewal application is still pending approval. 

Despite this announcement, nearly 6,000 FCRA licenses lapsed since they had not submitted a renewal application by December 31, 2021. Organizations whose FCRA license has expired can no longer receive foreign funding. According to a list on the Ministry of Home Affairs website, the 12,580 organizations total whose FCRA license has expired include several cultural, economic, educational, social, and religious organizations.

CAF America is actively communicating with our NGO partners to collect and review FCRA renewal certifications as quickly as possible upon approval from the Ministry. We are closely monitoring these developments so that we may continue to support our charity partners in India as we are able.

If you want to learn more about grantmaking to India, please read our blog Giving to India? Compliance with the Newly Amended FCRA.


About the author:

Emily Pingleton is the Senior Director of External Affairs. She works closely with CAF America’s global network of charitable partners, manages the disaster response and expedited grantmaking programs, and monitors foreign funding laws to ensure regulatory compliance, among other strategic initiatives.



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