Civil society gears up for big funds squeeze

A recent set of changes to India’s foreign donation laws, however, has put hundreds of small NGOs like Arpan in a spot. “Our work has come to a halt after the donor agency asked us not to use funds till rules (arising from the new laws) are framed,” said Renu Thakur, who heads the non-profit. “It looks like we will have to let go of some of our staff and curtail our geographic spread.”

In late September, India’s Parliament approved sweeping changes to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA), 2010. From now on, larger FCRA registered organisations are barred from transferring foreign donations to smaller non-profits (a practice known as sub-granting) who often find it difficult to access donors on their own. Also, all FCRA registered non-profits have been asked to limit their administrative expenses to 20% of donations (from the earlier norm of 50%) which is likely to force

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Art society gears up for exhibition

Dannevirke Art Society members are hard at work preparing for their 60th exhibition, which opens next week in the Home Industries Hall at the Dannevirke Showgrounds.

Billed as the society’s Diamond Exhibition, the opening on Friday, October 9, will be a celebration of the group’s formation 60 years ago and an evening of glitz and glamour.

Secretary Judy Giddens said those attending the opening are welcome to dress up for the occasion.

Entries for this year’s exhibition, which will run until Sunday, October 18, are moderate, possibly because there was earlier uncertainty as to whether the exhibition would go ahead because of Covid-19 lockdown.

The exhibition will feature a special display of work by its life members, many of whom are still active, and they will have the option of offering their work for sale.

The highly sought after Dannevirke Art Society Rosebowl will again be keenly contested.

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