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In 2019 we made changes to COGS that may impact your organisation. These changes are:

  • Your organisation must have less than $2 million annual operating expenditure for each of the past two years to make a request to COGS
  • Your organisation may now be able to request multi-year funding.

You will find more details about how these changes may impact your organisation at this link here

Ngā Hua / Outcomes

Organisations requesting COGS grants need to show how their community-based services or projects will contribute to:

  • 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.

Each Local Distribution Committee (LDC) also develops community outcomes they see as having priority from discussions at annual public meetings where communities are able to discuss what local benefits or outcomes they want from the COGS investment in their communities. These LDC outcome priorities are below. 

Ngā kaupapa matua / Priorities

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

Local Distribution Committee priority setting meetings for 2021

Each of the 37 COGS Local Distribution Committees (LDCs) have their own priorities which they set each year at local meetings. These meetings are taking place during March 2021

Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19 and potential changes in the Government's COVID-19 alert levels, in some places there will be no public, face-to-face, meeting and another option will be available. 

The link below is a list of the LDC priority setting meetings in around New Zealand:

Important dates for COGS

The next opening and closing dates for COGS requests and the Committee decision meeting date are listed at the link below:

The closing date for COGS grant requests is the same for all 37 local COGS committees each year. Due to the demand for COGS grants, please submit your COGS requests well before the closing date.


Ngā kaupapa ka tautokona ā-pūtea / What we 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.

Required Documentation

The 2020 COGS funding round is going ahead as planned, however we acknowledge that your organisation may have issues with planning for the coming year due to the various impacts of COVID-19.

In order to make it easier for you to submit a 2020 COGS funding request you are only required to submit a budget with your request if:

  • you are requesting more than $5,000 in a single year
  • you are requesting multi-year funding (two to three years of funding)
  • your organisation has not received funding from the Department previously.

All other COGS funding requests do not require a budget.

There is more detailed information about budgets here.

Your organisation will need to meet financial reporting requirements based on your type of request. Information about these can be found here.  

Organisations also need to check that the information on your community organisation profile is up-to-date at the time you submit your grant request.

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