Thursday, April 24, 2014

Changes in online filing of FC-6

Please note that there have been some important changes in online filing of FCRA annual return (FC-6).
As per FCRA department, now there is no need to submit hard copy of FC-6 to the ministry, you have to upload scan copy of the all supporting documents to the ministry website at the time of filing of online FC-6. The new instructions for online filing of annual form FC-6 state that final submission can be made after uploading the scan copy of the following documents:
- Chartered Accountant Certificate &
- Declaration Certificate of Chief Functionary of the FCRA registered association.
The Annual Return submitted online will be treated as final version and there is no need to submit paper/hard copy of the Return to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
However it may be mentioned that while the Dept. has stated that there is no need to file hardcopy, please note that as per Rule 17 (1) requires filing of financial statements and Rule 17 (6 ) requires submission of bank statements. Further online instructions 12 still requires hardcopy to be filed.

Hence as a prudent accountants, we should continue to file hardcopy of returns as we have been doing in past in addition to online filing of documents required.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

NFI Fundraising Strategy Workshop in Raipur- Chattisgarh On 13th May 2014

NGO FUNDS INDIA-(, one of the largest development support network of NGOs, Donors and CSR is organizing a one day “STATE LEVEL FUNDRAISING STRATEGY WORKSHOP FOR NGOs” in Raipur on 13th May 2014.
For More details call us at – 09958154404.
For previous workshops details/participants feedback, visit NFI Blog.
This will be a participatory workshop in which technical/ fundraising experts will guide the participants on practical aspects of Fundraising. It is a unique opportunity for organizations in Chattisgarh and Eastern India to benefit from as it is the only event on fundraising of this magnitude. The resource persons would involve leading fundraising experts, including representatives from funding agencies, foundations and corporates involved in social initiatives, as well as State level NGO leaders.

This one -day workshop will enable you to enhance your skills in fundraising, build crucial networks and engage in a unique cross-cultural learning exchange. A meticulously designed comprehensive programme and thorough sessions will equip you with the critical skills and practical knowledge to take your learning forward within and outside your organisation.

“NFI  WORKSHOP” is an excellent opportunity for Fundraising & Communications Professionals; Representatives of NGOs, Foundations & CSR; Chief functionaries of Non-profits; Volunteers & Friends of NGOs and all those who desire to gain skills to raise funds!!

Schedule and Topics to be covered
10.30 a.m- 2.00 p.m
Challenges and Opportunities for NGOs in Fundraising·        
Communication strategy for Fund raising;
Major Funders/Donors inIndia” with their guidelines and contacts.·        
Basics of a Good project Proposals- Some samples and case studies    
2- 3 pm -Lunch Break
3pm-6 pm
Tips on Social Media Marketing and Fundraising
Understanding CSR -Concept, New Bill, Future ahead·        
One to one discussion with each participant for making their fundraising action plan for future

Workshop Details
a. Venue: In Raipur City, Details will be shared later. Mobile- 09958154404
b. Timing: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 13th May 2014
c. No of Seats- 15 Participants only (First come first serve)
d. Fees: Rs. 2500/- (For NFI members) to be deposited in advance(Includes Lunch and tea) (Limited Discounts available for very small NGOs on request; Students/Group discounts are also available)
e. Training Kit- It will consist of a master CD with updated list of Funding agencies and CSR with their guidelines, 10 sample Government and FCRA-foreign funds.


Call for Applications - Women's Initiative Grant 2014

The Alexia Foundation is accepting applications for the 2014 Alexia Women's Initiative Grant.

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the call for entries for the 2014 Women's Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women anywhere in the world.

The Alexia Foundation's main purpose is to encourage and help photojournalists create stories that drive change. While our traditional grant guidelines put no limits on the subject matter for grant proposals, a number of proposals about women's rights in the last few years have been so powerful that we have been compelled to create a grant specifically on issues relating to women.

Unlike the first Women's Initiative grant, which specifically focused on abuse of women in the United States, this call for entries is open to photographers anywhere in the world and is intended to permit the photographer to produce a serious documentary photographic project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world.

For further details see the following link:
Announcement details at:  

Request for Expression of Interest from consultancy firms NGOs for National Highways Inter Connectivity Improvement Project

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thank You all

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Admissions open for PGDM in Development Management Institute, Patna

Development Management Institute, Patna
5th Floor, Biscomaun Bhawan, Gandhi Maidan, Patna
Admissions Notification 2014-2016
           Post Graduate Programme in Development Management
DMI, set up with active support of Govt of Bihar, BRLPS, COMFED and other prominent development support agencies, is an emerging academic institution with the mission to empower and usher in participatory governance and management of institutions, enterprises and resources for enhancing livelihoods and sustainable development. DMI endeavours to Empower Grassroots through:
  • Creating a cadre of development management professionals
  • Enhancing competencies for development management praxis
  • Orienting vision, values and leadership practices towards good governance
  • Engaging in networked trans-disciplinary action research and policy advocacy.
DMI offers a 2 year full-time Post Graduate Programme in Development Management for those who are aspiring for a fulfilling career as a Development Management Professional contributing to personal growth and social transformation. Apply for admission to the first batch 2014-16 to embark on a “road less travelled” and create newer pathways for the greater common good.
Programme offers:
  • Classroom Learning in Management, Decision and Social Sciences from expert and experienced Faculty Team of Academicians & Practitioners
  • Merit-cum-Means Scholarships and facilitation of educational loans
  • Experiential Learning through Development Immersion, Enterprise Learning and Management Internship
  • Placements in community, civil society, government and corporate organizations associated with DMI
 Eligibility: Candidates with minimum 50% in Graduate Degree (45% for SC/ST candidates) and a valid CAT* 2013 score can apply.
Admissions Process
  • Apply online at  
  • Download and send the filled form along with application fee in the form of a Demand Draft of Rs. 1000 (Rs. 500 for SC/ST candidates) in favor of Development Management Institute, payable at Patna.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for Development Management Aptitude Test (DMAT), Group Exercise and Personal Interview 
Application Deadline 25 April 2014

For details please contact 0612-2219325 Email:, URL:                                              

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WWF India Small Grants Programme

Organization: World Wildlife Fund

Deadline: 30th Jun 2014

Interest Area(s): Conservation

WWF India Small Grants Programme. With the aim of encouraging young Indians to respond innovatively and independently to the conservation issues which affect the country, WWF-India is offering eligible individuals a one-time grant of up to Rs. 200,000 for carrying out conservation research or undertaking a conservation project. The primary objective of this grant is to provide financial capacity to individuals based in India, who have developed and wish to implement short-term conservation research or initiatives that can contribute to larger conservation goals. The SGP will provide grants to individuals for activities and/or research that address issues and offer solutions or insights towards: species and habitat related problems and concerns – with a focus on immediate threats and issues (e.g. vulture conservation); enabling communities and other stakeholders to address local environmental concerns; improving local livelihoods through conservation and natural resources management or promoting livelihoods that reduce impacts on biodiversity; aspects of trade involving wildlife species; increasing understanding on the status of lesser known or lesser studied species of wildlife; innovative approaches to awareness raising regarding environmental concerns; and demonstrating individual or collective action towards conservation outcomes. Applicants must demonstrate a mature breadth and depth of knowledge on the area of environmental conservation and the particular geographical area or issue that they wish to contribute to through their project. The duration of the project should be between 6 to 12 months and the scale of the project should
be such that funding awarded covers the total or the majority of the requirements.

For more information’s please visit:

The Nippon Foundation Overseas Grants for NGOs/NPOs Outside Japan

Deadline: Throughout the Year
The Nippon Foundation accepts applications from the non-profit organizations based outside of Japan throughout the year for its Overseas Grants. Any local, regional or international NGOs/NPOs including educational and research institutions based outside of Japan are invited to submit proposals on different funding areas covered by the foundation.
Funding Areas:
1.    Improvement of Basic Human Needs
2.    Human Resource Development
3.    Promotion of International Collaborative Undertakings
The Nippon Foundation is an independent, non-profit, grant-making organization that provides aid to projects under four major categories:
1.    Public welfare in Japan
2.    Voluntary programs in Japan
3.    Maritime and ship-related projects
4.    Overseas cooperative assistance
For the Nippon Foundation Overseas Grants, priority is given to proposals that contain at least one of the following features:
1.    Pragmatic and realistic approaches to issues and problems
2.    Potential for future development and self-sustainability
3.    Far-reaching social and regional impact
4.    Pioneering significance; creating new visions and acting as catalyst for positive changes and social transformations
5.    A diversity of race, gender, ethnicity, social class, cultures and societies
Eligibility Criteria:
§  Applicant must be local, regional or international non-governmental/non-profit organization (including educational and research institutions) based outside of Japan.
§  Private individuals or for-profit organizations are ineligible to apply for the grant.
§  Any program that is already in its operational phase is not eligible for grant consideration.
§  Resubmission of previously rejected proposals is not accepted.
An application material consists of a cover letter, an application summary form, a project budget and a project proposal to the Nippon Foundation’s Overseas Grants.

New Project Information

Organization: Project Inspire

Deadline: 30th Jun 2014

Interest Area(s): Children & Young People, Community, Education, and Social & Human Services

Project Inspire promotes projects that empower disadvantaged women and girls in the developing world through entrepreneurship and business literacy. Submissions must focus on existing projects that benefit women and girls in the Asia-Pacific region, Africa, or the Middle East. To be eligible for a grant, your project must meet the following requirements: beneficiaries must be women or girls in Asia-Pacific, the Middle East or Africa; empower disadvantaged women through entrepreneur-ship and business literacy; can be implemented with a maximum budget of $25,000 and fieldwork on the project must commence no later than 1st Feb 2015.

For apply please visit:

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Applications open for SBI Youth for India fellowship programme (second edition)

SBI Youth for India is a fellowship programme initiated, funded and managed by the State Bank of India in partnership with reputed NGOs. It provides a framework for India’s best young minds to join hands with rural communities, empathise with their struggles and connect with their aspirations. The Programme seeks to help India secure an equitable and sustainable growth path by:
  • Providing educated Indian youth with an opportunity to touch lives and create positive change at the grass root level in rural India.
  • Providing NGOs working on development projects in rural India with educated manpower whose skill sets can be used to catalyze rural development.
  • Promoting a forum for the Programme alumni to share ideas and contribute to rural development throughout their professional life.
  • You should be a highly motivated, outstanding young professional or fresh graduate between the ages of 21-32 as on 1st September 2014.
  • You must be an Indian citizen.
  • You should have demonstrated initiative and leadership in the past, to be able to foster change at the grass root level.
  • You should be people-oriented and have concern for people as you will have to constantly interact with rural communities.
  • You should be willing to adjust to life in rural locations. 
Selection Process: Personal Interview
No. of Fellowships: 100 
The selection process begins with the submission of the online application form. Shortlisted candidates are
notified and they will be required to actively interact on an online forum to discuss and develop their ideas for rural development. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited for a personal interview. 100 candidates will be finally selected to participate in the program in two batches
Duration: One Year
Fellowship support: SBI will provide INR 14000/month during the fellowship period.
Application Deadline: 30 June 2014
For more information please visit:

Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship for the scholars in the social sciences

Applications are now being accepted
The Sir Ratan Tata Foundation and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) invites applications for the Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship, now in its eighteenth year. Applicants should be scholars in the social sciences with experience of research on South Asia. They should hold a PhD – the fellowship is not intended for students registered for a degree or diploma, nor is it intended for senior academics.
About the Fellowship
The Sir Ratan Tata Fellowship will be for a period of up to eight months during the 2014-15 academic year and will be based at the LSE Asia Research Centre (ARC).
The Fellow will receive a monthly subsistence allowance of up to £1,500 a month, the exact amount depending on qualifications, and will also be provided with shared office space and access to research facilities at the School.
The Fellow will be expected to engage in social science research broadly on the themes of Economy and Society in South Asia with a particular focus on the following themes:
  • Growth and inclusion
  • Climate change and environmental sustainability
  • Social and human security
  • Population and development
  • Governance and democracy
The Fellow will be expected to finish a piece of research of publishable quality during their stay and make a presentation at a seminar or lecture arranged by the Asia Research Centre.
The Fellowship is open to candidates from South Asia, that is, the SAARC region which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Fellowship is supported by the Sir Ratan Tata Trust.
Application Details
Applications should be addressed to The Fellowships Selection Committee, Asia Research Centre, London School of Economics & Political Science, Houghton Street, London WC2A 2AE, UK, and may be submitted by post or emailed to
Applications should include:
  • a cover letter of no more than one page
  • a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages
  • an outline of proposed research of no more than three pages
  • names and addresses of two referees, familiar with their work, to be contacted by the Committee
Please use A4-sized plain paper only. Please do not staple your application.
The final date for receipt of applications is Monday 12th May 2014. Late applications will not be accepted. The successful candidate will be informed of the decision by the end of July 2014.


National Book Trust, India is organizing a 5-day publishing course in Chennai.
Venue of the course: CYNOD Hall, CSI House, Royapettah, Chennai
Date: 21 to 25 April 2014
COURSE FEES: Rs. 500/- for the entire duration
Phone: 04428252663 / 9629626222

Introduction to Book Publishing (Shri Sridhar Balan)
Overview of International and National scene (Shri Sridhar Balan)
Structure of a publishing House, Introduction to editorial process, Role of an Editor. (Shri Sridhar Balan)
List Building, Relationship of editorial and other functions (Shri Sridhar Balan)
Preparation and Editing of Manuscripts In Tamil (Dr.Venkata chalapathy)
German Book office presentation, New Delhi (Ms.Shabnam Srivastava, GBO, New Delhi)
Editing of Manuscripts In Tamil (Crea Ramakrishnan)
Potential for children’s publishing (Radhika Menon, Tulika Books)
Management of Rights selling – India and abroad (Shri Binny Kurien, Rights Officer, NBT India)
Marketing of Children’s books (Mrs. Shoba Vishwanath, Managing Editor, Karadi Tales)
Trends of Publishing in Tamil Nadu (Shri Olivannan, MD, Emerald Publishers)
Production of Books (Shri Ramakrishnan, Indcom press, Chennai)
Distribution channels and marketing of Books (Shri Satyanarayana, New Horizon media)
Publishing As a career (Prof. Armstrong)

Developing a market for translations (Mini Krishnan)