CSR-1 Registration Online for NGOs and Agencies seeking CSR funds
Updated on October 12, 2021 10:52:29 AM
All NGOs seeking CSR funds and the CSR implementing agencies need to file Form CSR-1. By filing this form, the social organization or agency gets registered with the Central government and fulfils the eligibility to get CSR funds.
With effect from April 1, 2021, MCA has made this Form available on its website and made it mandatory to file it. The aim of the CSR-1 Form is efficient monitoring of CSR spendings in the country.
Form CSR-1 or “eForm CSR-1” is a registration form for getting CSR funding. It is termed as Form for “Registration of Entities for undertaking CSR activities”. Form CSR-1 shall be signed and submitted electronically by the entity.
It should be verified digitally by a practising professional like Chartered Accountant or a Company Secretary, or a Cost Accountant. All entities who are intending to undertake CSR projects have to file this Form on the MCA portal.
Some of the benefits of CSR-1 registration are:
Enhanced public image
High authenticity of NGO
Ease in undertaking CSR activities
Entitled to receive Grants & Donation from companies
Importance of CSR-1 registration
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has made the CSR-1 form available on its website and made it mandatory for all the social organisations seeking CSR funds or CSR implementing agencies to file it. As per the notification issued by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, from April 1, 2021, CSR Funding will be released only to the NGOs that are registered with MCA by filing Form CSR-1.
The provisions of the 2019 Amendment to the Companies Act, 2013 about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) came into force on January 22. As per the new provisions, every entity covered under sub-rule (1) that intends to undertake any CSR activity will have to register itself with the Central Government by filing the form CSR-1 electronically with the Registrar of Companies with effect from April 1, 2021. These sub-rules provisions shall not affect the CSR projects or programmes approved before April 1, 2021.
On the submission of the Form CSR-1 on the MCA portal, a unique CSR Registration Number shall be generated by the system automatically. In this way, a list of all implementing entities is maintained by the MCA, increasing the chances of timely fulfilment of proposed activities. This past performance record of implementing agencies can be referred to by the companies and help them decide their engagement for future CSR activities.
Form CSR-1 need to be digitally signed by following persons:
Any one of the Directors of Section 8 Company
Any one of trustees of Registered Trust
By Chairperson/Secretary in case of Registered Society
Authorized Signatory in case of an entity established under an Act of Parliament or State Legislature
A Practising Professional like Chartered Accountant in Practice or a Cost Accountant in Practice or Company Secretary in Practice
Types of NGOs eligible for CSR-1 registration
NGOs that are eligible to file Form CSR-1 on MCA Portal for getting CSR Funding are as follows:
A company established under section 8 of the Act, or a registered public trust or a registered society, registered under section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961, established by the company, either singly or along with any other company.
A company established under section 8 of the Act or a registered trust or a registered society, established by the Central Government or State Government.
Any entity established under an Act of Parliament or a State legislature.
A company established under section 8 of the Act, or a registered public trust or a registered society, registered under section 12A and 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961, and has an established track record of at least three years in undertaking similar activities.
How to file CSR-1 form?
Process of CSR-1 registration:
Filing on MCA Portal
Inspection of the Form
Approval Letter from MCA
Filing on MCA Portal
Inspection of the Form
Approval Letter from MCA
Form CSR-1 Filing Fees
The fees of filing eForm CSR-1 is ₹1,999 Only but the cost may vary depending on the availability of chairperson's valid DSC.
If the chairperson has valid DSC, then the fee would be ₹1,999 Only.
If the chairperson does not have a valid DSC, then it would be ₹1,200 (for DSC) + ₹1,999 (Filing Fee) = ₹3,199 Only.
The total time this process would take is around 2-3 working days.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should NGOs file Form CSR-1?
As per the notification issued by MCA, from April 1, 2021, CSR Funding will be released only to the NGOs that are registered with Central Government by filing Form CSR-1.
What documentation do we need to attach with Form CSR-1 as a NGO?
For filing Form CSR-1, an NGO needs its registration certificate, PAN, details of members and DSC of director of the organisation. Apart from these basic documents, an NGO needs few attachments too which are as follows:
Company CSR Policy
Company CSR Report
Company sustainability report
Details of subsidiary(s) included in Part B
Details of other entity(s) included in Part B
Is 12A & 80G mandatory for CSR Registration ?
Yes, it is primary condition that, NGO must be registered under Section -12A and 80G of Income Tax Act 1961.
Can a newly registered NGO apply for CSR Registration ?
No, An entity eligible for filing CSR Form must be at-least 3 year old.
What would happen in case NGOs fail to file Form CSR-1?
If NGOs or CSR implementing agencies don’t file CSR-1 Form, then they won’t get any CSR funding. With effect from April 1, 2021, it is mandatory for social organizations to register with the Central Government in order to get CSR fundings.
How can NGOs file for Form CSR-1?
Filing Form CSR-1 is a complete online process. All the required documents along with the mandatory attachments are needed to be verified and digitally signed by a practicing professional like CA, CS or Cost Accountant. It is filed online on MCA portal with DSC of chairperson and a practicing professional.
Our NGO is registered under Section -12A and Section 80G as on 31.03.2021 but till date we have not filed re-registration request under Section 12A and Section 80G. Whether we are allowed to File Form CSR-1?
All the existing NGOs which are registered under Section 12A and Section 80G of Income Tax Act 1961 has to file re-registration request under both section on or before 30.06.2021. Till 30.06.2021 all the existing registrations are valid and on the basis of which you can file Form CSR-1 on MCA Portal for getting CSR Funding.