Instructions on Spending and Support of Associations from the Associations Support Fund

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NO.  148  OF  2010  
Issued  pursuant  to  Article  28  of the  Societies  Law no. 51  of 2008  
ARTICLE  (1):   
These  instructions  are  cited  “instructions  to  adjust  the  situations  of  societies”  and  are  applicable  as  of 
the  date  of  issue.   
ARTICLE  (2):   
Terms  and  expressions  used  in these  instructions  shall  have meanings  assigned  to  them  in  the  applicable  
Societies  Law  unless  the  context  requires  otherwise.   
ARTICLE  (3):   
All  societies,  federations  and  authorities  registered  pursuant  to  the  social  societies  law  no. 33  of 1966,  
as  amended,  and  the  culture  law,  the  tourism  law  and environment  law  and non ‐for‐profit  companies  
registered  according  to the  applicable  companies act  or  any  society,  authority,  organization  or  
foundation  falling  under  the  definition  of  “societies”  according  to the  law  and  registered  under  any  
applicable  legislation  shall  adjust  their  situations  according  to  the  provisions  of  the  societies  law  and the  
instructions  issued  hereunder.   
ARTICLE  (4):   
For  the purposes  of  applying  the  societies  law  and adjust  the  situations  of  societies  and  foundations  
covered  by  its  provisions:   
a. The  Ministry  that  issued  the registration  certificate  of  an  existing  society,  authority,  
organization,  federation  or  foundation  before  the  effectiveness  of  the  law  provisions  is  the  
ministry  responsible  for supervising  these entities  unless  the  relevant  ministry  is  redefined  by 
the  board.   

Existing  branches  of  societies  before  the  effectiveness  of  the  societies  law  are considered  to  
have  been  Registered  under  the  provisions  of  the  law  and they  have  to  adjust  their  situation  
according  to  these  instructions.  
c. Non ‐for‐profit  companies  Registered  under  the  companies  act  and  its  regulations  are  considered 
as  private  societies  and  the  Ministry  of  Social  Development  is  responsible  for them.  They have  to  
adjust  their  situations  according  to  the  provisions  of  the  law  and its  regulations.   
d. Existing  federations  before  the  effectiveness  of  the  societies  law  are  considered  to  have  been  
Registered  under  its  provisions  and  shall  adjust  their  situations  according  to the  law  and its  
ARTICLE  (5):   
If  an  society  wishes  to  amend  its articles  of  society  for adjusting  its situation  in line  with  the  law  
provisions,  it  shall  submit  the proposed  amendments  to  its  general  assembly  for  adoption  pursuant  to  
the  provisions  of  the  articles  of  society  and the  law.   
ARTICLE  (6):   
Each  society  shall  apply to  the  competent  Ministry  or  its  affiliated  department  requesting  the  
adjustment  of  its  situation.  The  request  shall  be enclosed  with:   
1. Approved  articles of  society,  the proposed  amended  articles  of  society  and a detailed  list 
showing  the articles  before  and  after  amendment.   
2. Minutes  of  the  meeting  of  the  general  assembly  in  which  the  decision  approving  the  
amendments  to  the  articles  of  society  was adopted.   
3. List  of  the  names  and  addresses  of  society  branches,  if any.   
4. Internal  regulations  of  branches.   
5. Registration  certificates.   
6. List  of  the  names  of  general  assembly  members.   
7. List  of  the  names  of  administrative  body  members  including  all  personal  data  and  their  
administrative  positions.  
8. Financial  and  administrative  reports  of  the  society  for the  last  two  years.   

ARTICLE  (7):   
The  application  shall  be examined  at  the  field  department  of  the  competent  ministry  within  one  week  of  
receipt.  In case  of  any  missing  documents,  the  chairman  or  representative  of  the  society  shall be 
informed  to submit  missing  documents  within  one  week  of  being  notified.   
ARTICLE  (8):   
The  competent  ministry  shall submit  the complete  request  to  the  Secretary  General  of  the  Registry  
within  one  week  of  receiving  the  request  with  all  required  documents.  
ARTICLE  (9):   
a. In  case  there  are  no  field  departments  for  the  competent  ministry,  the  request  may  be 
submitted  to  the  head  office  of  the  competent  ministry.   
b. All  competent  ministries  shall  send the  request  (for  adjusting  situations)  to  the  Secretary  
General  of  the  Registry.   
ARTICLE  (10):   
Secretary  General  of  the  Registry  shall  receive  the  request  for  review.  In  case  of  any  missing  documents,  
the  society  chairman  or  representative  shall  be notified  to  complete  any  missing  documents  within 
thirty  days  of  receiving  the  request  at  the  Registry.  Otherwise,  the  request  is  considered  invalid.  
ARTICLE  (11):   
In  case  missing  documents  are  not  submitted  within  the  deadlines  stated  in  article  (9),  the  Registry  
Board  of  Directors  may  grant  additional  extension  of  30  days  to  the  society.   
ARTICLE  (12):   
After  completion  of  the  “situation  adjustment”  process,  the  Secretary  General  of  the  Registry  shall  issue 
a  certificate  to  that  effect.   

  ARTICLE  (13):   
If  the  society  does  not  apply  to  adjust  its  situation  according  to  the  law  and these  instructions,  the  Board  
may  take legal  actions  against  it  pursuant  to article  20 ‐a‐2  of  the  applicable  Societies  Law.   
ARTICLE  (14);   
The  Registry  Board  may  redefine  the  ministry  responsible  for societies  according  to  purposes  and  
objectives  of  these  societies.