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What isn't funded by a COGS grant?

COGS does not fund:

  • individuals
  • fundraisers, including professional or commercial fundraisers whose purpose is to distribute money to others
  • services that duplicate existing services, unless the request demonstrates there is a good reason for both services to exist
  • services or activities that have already been delivered or have taken place prior to the closing date
  • debt repayment or debt servicing
  • reimbursement of past transactions or for completed work
  • social functions, except if, for cultural reasons, the event brings people together in order to achieve other significant community benefits or outcomes
  • alcohol and similar substances, such as kava
  • requests where there is evidence of a conflict of interest, which has not been disclosed or managed appropriately. (Note: a conflict of interest exists where a person’s duties or responsibilities to a grant recipient organisation could be affected by some other interest or duty that the person may have)
  • publishing any material of a technical nature, unless it is consistent with the applicable policies and guidelines produced by the relevant government or government-approved authorities
  • capital items purchases such as land, buildings, renovations, machinery, vehicles and/or furniture. (Items of office equipment with a unit cost less than $1000 are not deemed to be capital items)
  • services or activities that promote commercial, political or religious activities, including political advocacy projects, employment and/or business initiatives and commercial enterprises
  • activities or projects specifically intended to generate a profit, though profits are allowed if the purpose is to achieve ongoing sustainability for the project
  • services, activities or programmes to be delivered overseas.

What does COGS fund?

COGS provides grants to non-profit community groups and organisations delivering community-based social services, projects and events. Grants are one-off contributions 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.