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What does COGS fund?Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Te Tahua Mā Ngā Whakahaere i Ngā Hapori

COGS provides grants to non-profit community organisations delivering community-based social services, projects and events.

What we fund

COGS grants are a one-off contribution to support community organisations. Grants may be used for:

  • the running or operational costs of organisations that provide community-based social services.
  • community development costs, such as hui, training, planning, evaluation and facilitator fees
  • community projects or event costs that:
    • encourage participation in communities
    • promote community leadership
    • promote social, economic and cultural equity.

All grant requests must include a budget. If your request is approved, you may use the grant for any costs listed in your budget, except for:

Funding for outcomes

Grant decisions are made by locally elected volunteers on 37 COGS committees around the country. Their decisions are based on the likelihood that the services or projects receiving grants will deliver the community benefits or outcomes described in each grant request.

The community outcomes for each committee are developed at annual public meetings where communities are able to determine the local benefits they want to achieve from the COGS investment in their community. 

In addition, organisations receiving grants should also demonstrate how their community-based services or projects will contribute to the wider COGS outcomes and benefits of:

  • encouraging participation in communities
  • promoting community leadership
  • developing community capability
  • promoting social, economic and cultural equity, or
  • reducing the downstream social and economic costs to communities and government.

For more information see the notes on the outcomes approach.

COGS priority sectors

Local COGS committees prioritise community-based organisations delivering services to one or more of these priority sectors:

  • Māori
  • Women
  • Pacific communities
  • other ethnic communities
  • older people
  • rurally isolated people
  • people with disabilities
  • families 
  • youth and children
  • unemployed people
  • community-based organisations with limited access to other government funding.

Organisations requesting grants should have governance and management structures and processes in place to support the size and complexity of the services or projects for which they are seeking funding. 

For example, for services, projects or events that involve children, organisations requesting grants need to describe how their organisation will comply with the requirements of the Vulnerable Children’s Act 2014. The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) is a government funded grant scheme and therefore COGS grants must comply with relevant legislation.

COGS local committee outcomes

View a list of local community outcomes: 

List of local community outcomes  

View a map showing COGS committee locations:

 Map of COGS committee locations