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Nominations now open for COGS Local Distribution Committee elections

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) provides grants to non-profit community organisations delivering community-based services and projects.
Serving on a COGS Local Distribution Committee is a rewarding experience that leads to greater understanding of the links between government and communities. It gives members experience in facilitation, leadership and decision-making.


What is COGS?
The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) provides grants to non-profit community organisations delivering community-based services and projects throughout New Zealand. COGS is an important source of Government-funded grants available to these organisations.

COGS is a great example of a partnering approach, Government and communities working stronger together to make communities better for all New Zealanders. This partnership relies on active community involvement for its success. Decisions on funding requests submitted to COGS are made by Local Distribution Committees (LDCs). LDCs are made up of volunteers nominated and elected by the communities they serve.

Committee Nominations
LDC members are elected every three years. Candidates are nominated by community organisations providing services to communities within each local LDC area. Now is your opportunity to nominate a candidate for the 2017 LDC elections.

Serving on an LDC is a rewarding experience that leads to greater understanding of the links between government and communities. It gives members experience in facilitation, leadership and decision-making. Membership of an LDC is a voluntary role that requires a commitment of approximately 50 – 60 hours each year, including training, assessment of funding requests and attendance at decision meetings. You can read more about COGS and the 2017 COGS elections at the website www.communitymatters.govt.nz. Alternatively, please contact Kaye Latham on 03 546 0902 or email [email protected] for further information.

I encourage you to get involved with COGS by making a nomination for the Nelson Bays LDC elections. A nominated candidate may be a person associated with your organisation or anyone based in the local area with an interest in serving the community. Please reply to this email with the name of the person you wish to nominate including a contact email address and phone number for this person. Nominations must be received by 1 March 2017.

Public meetings
You will also have an opportunity to participate in COGS public meetings held prior to the funding round each year. By attending COGS public meetings, community groups contribute to setting the LDC priority outcomes for COGS funding in their local area. This ensures COGS decision-making processes and committees are community owned and community driven. Dates and venues of COGS Public Meetings will be notified soon.

Article type: Job Vacancies and Volunteer Opportunities

Contact Name: Kaye Latham
Contact Phone: 03 546 0902
Contact Email: [email protected]

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