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Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) Te Tahua Mā Ngā Whakahaere i Ngā Hapori

Purpose / Kaupapa

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) is a community-driven fund that provides grants to non-profit community organisations that deliver community-based social services.

37 Local Distribution Committees (LDCs), served by volunteers, consider and make decisions on grant applications from community organisations within each LDC's local community. 

What we fund

Services or projects that

  • respond to locally identified priorities, (established by local COGS committees after consulting communities at public meetings held in April each year;
  • actively encourage participation in communities;
  • promote community leadership;
  • invest in community capability;
  • promote social economic and equity with regard, but not limited, to Māori, women Pacific communities, other ethnic communities, older people, the rurally isolated, people with disabilities, families, youth and children, and unemployed people;
  • attempt to reduce downstream social and economic costs to the community and government.

COGS grants make a contribution to the costs of running community organisations that provide local community based social services or projects.

What we do not fund

  • Capital items such as land, building/alterations, plant and machinery, vehicles, furniture and office equipment;
  • Duplicating existing services, unless there is a good reason for both services to exist;
  • Social functions. (Exceptions to this are if, for cultural reasons, the ‘social’ event brings people together in order to achieve other significant purposes);
  • Activities or programmes taking place outside of New Zealand;
  • Retrospective funding for activities that have already taken place prior to the application closing date;
  • Individuals;
  • Projects seeking to promote commercial, political or religious objectives, including political advocacy projects, employment and/or business initiatives, and commercial enterprises;
  • Publishing any material of a technical nature unless the material is consistent with applicable policies and guidelines produced by relevant Government departments or Government approved authorities. The onus of demonstrating such approval is placed on the applicant when making the application.
  • COGS will only consider funding the publication of any material of a technical nature if the material is consistent with applicable policies and guidelines produced by relevant Government departments or Government approved authorities. The onus of demonstrating such approval is placed on the applicant when making the application.

Example: From time to time, COGS committees receive applications requesting a grant from an organisation planning to publish an educational resource that is likely to contain health information of a technical nature.

A COGS applicant requesting a grant for health information of a technical nature will need to provide the committee with:

  • a copy of the proposed resource;
  • evidence that the publication is needed in the local community;
  • evidence that the material is consistent with Ministry of Health policy and guidelines;
  • evidence that the material is technically accurate in the New Zealand setting; and
  • written evidence that it has been reviewed and approved by two appropriately qualified experts in the field.

A number of resources to assist applicants with health education resource development are available at the Ministry of Health’s website: http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/national-guideline-health-education-resource-developmentnew-zealand

This approach can be used to develop other material of a technical nature to meet the requirements of other Government departments or Government approved authorities.

Examples of existing New Zealand health education resources are available at: www.healthed.govt.nz

Funding priorities

COGS will consider services or projects that

  • are initiated by local community organisations
  • deliver to one or more of the COGS priority sectors, including Māori, women, Pacific communities, other ethnic communities, older people, rurally isolated people, people with disabilities, families, youth and children, and unemployed people
  • have limited access to other government funding
  • respond to locally identified priorities (locally identified priorities are established following public meetings held in April of each year)

How much to apply for

There is no limit to the amount that your organisation can apply for.  However, because of pressure on funds, COGS is rarely able to provide grant funding to the level requested and is more likely to consider a contribution of approximately $3000 or less.

The amount of funding granted is at each LDC’s discretion. It depends on the funds available and the number and quality of the applications received.

Regardless of the amount applied for, grants over $10,000 can only be made to groups that have legal status.

Grants to community organisations without legal status are limited to no more than $10,000 in any financial year.

Applicants are encouraged to seek other funding options.

Making an application

COGS Committee Election 2014

Here is a great opportunity for community volunteers young and not so young to make a vital contribution to your local community.

COGS is a community-driven government-funded grant scheme.  Committees assess applications and distribute grants to assist non-profit organisations delivering community services and community-based projects.

There are thirty-seven Local Distribution Committees (LDCs) operating throughout New Zealand.

How do you become a COGS committee member?

Candidates for LDC membership are nominated and elected by non-profit community organisations working in the geographic area served by each committee.Community organisations are encouraged to nominate a candidate and/or vote in the LDC election.  Community organisations that applied for a COGS grant in 2013 and continue to operate within the LDC area, are already on the local COGS electoral roll.

Others can register to participate in the election.

Key dates

Nominations for candidates open on Monday 27 January 2014 and close on 14 March 2014.

Ballot forms will be sent to community organisations registered to vote on 21 March 2014 and voting closes on 2 May 2014.

Candidates Guide

For full details, please download the Candidates Guide and election forms or phone 0800 824 824 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Nomination/Voting Registration Form

Non-profit community organisations wishing to nominate a candidate and/or to vote in the Local Distribution Committee (LDC) election must be registered on the relevant LDC electoral roll.

If your organisation applied for a COGS grant in the 2013 funding round, and continues to operate within the LDC area, the organisation is automatically registered on the LDC electoral roll.

Other non-profit community organisations delivering community-based social services within the LDC area can register on the LDC electoral roll using the Nomination/Voting Registration Form below.

The form is available in Word and PDF format.

Nomination Form

This form is available to two formats as described above.

Nominated Candidate Personal Profile Form

This form is available to two formats as described above.

If you need assistance please phone 0800 824 824 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

The most rewarding aspect for me has been meeting and working with a wide range of tremendous people all striving to make our communities better places to live. - Ken Green, National COGS Committee Chair and member of the Far North COGS Committee for the past six years

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