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India’s Ministry of Home Affairs further extends FCRA eligibility

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Updated June 23, 2022

Yesterday, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an additional extension on the validity of Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) registration certificates. The public notice mirrors the extension enacted in March and those that came before that. The notice applies to entities whose FCRA renewal applications are still pending and organizations with a 5-year validity period that was set to expire between July 1, 2022 and September 30th, 2022.

As a result of this extension, organizations awaiting decisions on their FCRA renewal applications can continue to receive foreign funding until September 30th, 2022 - or until a decision has been made on their renewal application, whichever is earlier.


 

On March 24, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs announced an extension to certain organizations’ eligibility to receive foreign funding under the Indian Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Following previous changes to FCRA in September 2021, many nonprofits in India were required to re-register with the Ministry of Home Affairs to maintain their licenses under the Act. This week’s extension only applies to organizations that are still awaiting a decision on submitted FCRA renewal applications.

The newly-announced expiration date is June 30th, 2022. This announcement extends the previous extension issued by the MHA in January 2022. 

About FCRA
Organizations without an eligible FCRA registration number are ineligible to receive foreign contributions. If an FCRA application is rejected, they are also forbidden to utilize contributions received on the date of the rejection, which will be considered the FCRA “expiry date.” 

This is what the full update says:

  • All organizations that have submitted FCRA renewal applications can continue to receive funding under previous FCRA registrations until June 30th.
  • FCRA-registered organizations with a 5-year validity period set to expire between April 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022 will also receive the extension until June 30th, 2022 or until the date that their renewal application concludes.

CAF America is continuously monitoring the situation so that our network is as informed and compliant as possible with foreign funding laws. Please reach out to us at info@cafamerica.org if you have any questions. 

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


About the author:

Wendy Pius serves as CAF America’s Thought Leadership Officer. Through this role, she is responsible for organizational knowledge management and original content creation pertaining to international philanthropy and cross-border giving.

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