Hon Alfred Ngaro
Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector
12 April 2016
Community groups able to apply for grants
From today communities will be able to apply for $12.5 million of grant funding for the projects and organisations that matter to them most says Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Alfred Ngaro.
The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) opens today.
“The COGS funding is unique in that it’s decided on and distributed by local distribution committees. That means we have locals deciding what matters most to them and what will have the most impact on their own communities,” says Mr Ngaro.
The 37 local COGS committees will make decisions on what projects, events and organisations will receive funding by 28 July 2017 at the latest.
Last year 4,223 organisations received funding under the scheme. Some of the recipients included:
Media contact: Natasha Dingle 029 201 4937
Forwarding on behalf of libraries and all enquiries should go through Mark (See below), please find the attached information about the Creative Communities Scheme. Apologies for any cross postings.
Just to expand on that a little , this scheme provides funding to individuals and groups for arts activities in our District.
The Committee have decided this year to prioritise “Diversity” and includes for example:
.Workshops, rehearsals, performances, festivals, or exhibitions in Māori, Pasifika heritage or local migrant communities
• Arts projects that bring together groups from a range of different communities.
• Workshops, rehearsals, performances, festivals or exhibitions by groups with experience of disability or mental illness.
Applications don’t close till the end of March so there is plenty of time
Application forms are available at our Libraries and Service Centres and online.
Please also feel free to give me a call l if you have any questions.
Mark O'Connell |
Creative Communities Administrator
The Canterbury Rural COGS LDC is holding three public meetings:
Woodend Public Meeting
10am-12 noon Wednesday 15 February 2017
Woodend Community Centre, 6A School Road
Amberley Public Meeting
10am-12 noon Monday 20 February 2017
St John’s Hall, 66 Carters Road
Rolleston Public Meeting
9:30am-11:30am Wednesday 22 February 2017
2 Norman Kirk Drive
Representatives of community organisations are invited to attend the public meeting
At the meeting you can:
For further information contact:
Kia Orana, Kia Ora, Hello All,
A group email, to let you know that our funding campaign for Project Aitutaki is now live!
That means you can go to the following website: www.startsomegood.
Supporting the funding campaign in the first few days is important to get things off to a good start.
Attached is a PDF & JPEG (smaller file size than PDF) in case you want to share these with your people.
Also, here is the link to our Facebook page which has posts about the project you could share: https://web.facebook.
I appreciate your support.
Please share this mail and attachment with our members.
Please feel free to pass this around your networks
Neighbourhood Week 2016
We are pleased to let you know that applications are now open to apply for a small subsidy from Christchurch City Council Community Boards.
Please see below for more information about Neighbourhood Week 2016, please visit the website www.ccc.govt.nz/culture-and-
Attached please find the application form/guidelines.
Closing date for applications to be received back is: 19 August 2016, 5pm.
Neighbourhood Week is back 28 October to 6 November 2016! It's about bringing people together, so why not organise a local gathering to get to know your neighbours, community, family group, or sports team!
Have you ever wanted to organise a Neighbourhood gathering? Do you want to get to know the people who live close to you? Perhaps you've always wanted to put on a BBQ for the whole street...
Neighbourhood week is about bringing people closer together, and celebrating the unique and diverse flavour of each neighbourhood. A neighbourhood could also be a small group of families at a local kindergarten, play centre, kohanga reo, school, church or a community group who share a common desire to build a strong community together.
Neighbourhood Week is the brainchild of the Shirley-Papanui Community Board, which held the first event in 1998. Each year, it has grown to the point that it is now being promoted annually by the Christchurch City Council and nationwide by Neighbourhood Support. The Christchurch Neighbourhood Week Team works closely with Neighbourhood Support.
A small subsidy is available from Christchurch City Council Community Boards to help you organise something in your neighbourhood.
Applications for subsidies close on 19 August 2016 at 5pm.
Send your completed application form to [email protected]
Please visit the Neighbourhood Week website: www.ccc.govt.nz/culture-and-
Niu Economic & Enterprise Development Trust
Christchurch Community House, 301 Tuam Street, Christchurch
PO Box 32102, Linwood, Christchurch
Phone: 03 9409480
Nominations are currently being sought for community representatives on the Hagley Ferrymead Community Board Small Grants Fund Assessment Committee. The Committee will comprise three community members and three Community Board members.
The Small Grants Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 to eligible not-for-profit groups whose activities provide opportunities in the areas of community, social, recreation, sports, arts, environment or heritage. The emphasis for the Small Grants Fund is to assist projects that enhance community groups' capacity and/or increase participation in their activities.
Voluntary Community Representatives on the Small Grants Fund Assessment Committees should (ideally) have:
· Interest and involvement in community issues/groups;
· Some experience in committee processes;
· Knowledge of various communities of interest; and
· The ability to be articulate and assertive.
The term of office is from August 2016 to August 2017 and is on a voluntary basis. You would be required to attend a briefing and must be available to attend the decision meeting on a date to be confirmed.
The Community Board will appoint members to reflect the local community character, with representatives coming from areas of interest disabled, sport and recreation, arts and culture, welfare and social services, environment and heritage.
Nominations close 5pm Wednesday 29 June 2016. For more information and a nomination form please contact Brenda Preston on 941 5175 or [email protected].
COGS Changes 2016/17
The COGS 2016/17 funding round opened on 27 April 2016 and closes 8 June 2016.
We’ve listened to customer feedback and to make things easier, we’ve made some changes for the 2016 funding round.
Briefly, we’ve replaced the COGS online grant agreement requiring two signatories with Terms and Conditions that can be reviewed and accepted before submitting a COGS request online. Only one signature is now required to submit a request.
Acceptance of the Terms and Conditions must happen before a COGS request can be submitted online.
The full set of changes can be viewed on the Community Matters website:
We encourage you to submit your request well before the closing date.
Please note that there will be a planned outage to the online application system between 5AM and 12PM on Sunday 1 May due to an upgrade of the RealMe login service. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Ngā mihi nui
Department of Internal Affairs Te Tari Taiwhenua
Level 3, 7 Winston Ave, Papanui 8053 or PO Box 4033, Christchurch 8140
This is a friendly reminder that you need to have your applications for Strengthening Communities Funds and Small Grants Funds submitted before close off on Saturday 30 April 2016. Please note that if you think you will need assistance with your application, no staff will be available on Saturday to help you. If you require assistance in completing your application please contact funding staff before 3.00pm on Friday 29th of April. No late applications will be considered this year.
Community funding applications open until Saturday 30 April 2016
Community groups have until Saturday 30 April 2016 to apply for funding from Christchurch City Council's Strengthening Communities Funding Schemes.
Local organisations working grassroots projects that contribute to the strengthening of community wellbeing in Christchurch can apply for either the Strengthening Communities Fund (grants of over $5000) or the Small Grants Fund (grants of $5000 and under).
To assist groups in preparing for the 2016–17 funding round, the Council will run six information sessions. Session times and locations are available on the Council website.
Community Support Officer
Community Support, Governance and Partnerships Unit
Customer and Community Group
180 Smith Street, Christchurch
Phone: 941 5175
Cellphone: 027 304 2643