37 Local Distribution Committees (LDCs) consider and make decisions on Community Organisation Grants Scheme applications from organisations within their local communities.
The 37 LDCs are administered by the Local Government and Community Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.
The Lottery Grants Board is made up of:
· the Minister of Internal Affairs
· the Prime Minister’s appointed representative
· the Leader of the Opposition’s appointed representative
· and three members appointed by the Governor-General
With the exception of the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund, Lottery grant applications are considered by Lottery distribution committees. 1 national and 11 regional Community Committees consider applications for social sector grants. Specialist committees consider applications for grants with specific aims.
Applications to the Lottery Minister’s Discretionary Fund are considered by the Minister for Internal Affairs.
When deciding on grants, Lottery committees consider the Lottery Grants Board’s general policy and any regional or specialised priorities they have determined, which may change from time to time with the needs of the sector or community.
The Lottery Grants Board and its distribution committees are administered by the Local Government and Community Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.
The Department of Internal Affairs’ Local Government and Community Branch also administers a number of other funding schemes and trusts. Information about these can be found at www.dia.govt.nz.