Community grants go online with .Net

New Zealand's community grants have gone fully online, meaning those wanting funds from lottery earnings can register their organisation, select a grant scheme and fill in an application form entirely electronically.

The Community Development Grants Online system was developed by Wellington software company Intergen. The application was written in C# using .Net and in particular the .Net version of Active Reports, from Data Dynamics, for designing and constructing reports.

The application is interfaced with the Oracle financials used by the Internal Affairs department, which administers the scheme. Development started in February and was finished in early November, including six weeks for integration testing of the modules, says Intergen’s Sharon Ross.

CDGO spokeswoman Carol Delaney says the system has had no technical problems in its early days. More than 500 people phoned the contact centre in the first week, seeking further information on how to register. There had been 1113 registrations up to a week ago but few applications. This is to be expected, she says, as people register some time before applying. Usually COGS gets between 4000 and 5000 applications a year.