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Locally elected volunteers on 37 COGS committees make decisions based on the likelihood that the organisations receiving grants will deliver the community benefits and outcomes described in their grant requests.

The Department of Internal Affairs administers COGS and supports its elected voluntary governing body, the National COGS Committee.

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 COGS committee also develops community outcomes 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.

COGS public meetings are to prepare for opening the next funding round. The table gives the dates, times and addresses of the upcoming COGS Local Distribution Committee (LDC) public meetings:

COGS Committee LDC Meetings date Meeting time Address
Auckland City 12 March 2018 10:00am Flickling Convention Centre, 546 Mount Albert Rd, Three Kings, Auckland
Auckland City 16 March 2018 10:30am Surfdale Hall, 6 Hamilton Road, Waiheke
Canterbury Rural 7 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Woodend Community Centre
Canterbury Rural 8 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Lincoln Event Centre
Central Otago  electronic    Please contact the regional office for details
Christchurch City / Banks Peninsula  5 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Christchurch Bridge Club, 21 Nova Place, Christchurch
Coastal Otago / Waitaki 20 March 2018 7:00pm Blind Foundation Hall, 6 Steward Street, Oamaru
Coastal Otago / Waitaki 21 March 2018 12:30pm Cross Recreation Centre,  18 Glasgow Street, Balclutha
Coastal Otago / Waitaki 22 March 2018 12:30pm Age Concern Otago, 9 The Octogon, Dunedin 
Coastal Otago / Waitaki  22 March 2018 7:00pm Mornington Presbyterian Community Centre, 16 Maryhill Terrace, Dunedin
Far North 7 March 2018 10:00am Far North REAP, 33 Puckey Avenue, Kaitaia
Far North 15 March 2018 10:00am  Saint John's Ambulance Hall, 357 Kerikeri Road, Bay of Islands
Great Barrier 9 March 2018 10:00am  The Schoolhouse in the Arts Village, 80 Hector Sanderson road, Claris, Great Barrier Island 
Hauraki 6 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Thames Baptist Church, 303-305 Mary Street, Thames
Hutt Valley  29 March 2018 1:00-3:00pm  Stokes Valley Community Hub, 184 Stokes Valley Road, Lower Hutt
Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City  8 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Avenue, Nawton, Hamilton
Manawatu / Horowhenua 22 March 2018 3:00-5:30pm  Globe Theatre
Manukau 14 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Whare Koa Mangere Community House
Marlborough  2 March 2018 10:30-12:00pm Redwoodtown Community centre
Marlborough  2 March 2018  2:30pm Picton Library Activities Room
Mataatua 1 March 2018  11:00am Opotiki Heritage and Agricultural Society (Opotiki Museum), 123 Church Street, Opotiki
Mataatua  1 March 2018 2:00pm Eastbay REAP, 21 Pyne Street, Whakatane
Nelson / Bays 22 February 2018  10:30-12:00pm Sport Tasman Boardroom
Nelson / Bays 14 March 2018 1:00-2:30pm  Takaka Community Centre 
Nelson / Bays  7 March 2018 1:00-2:30pm Motueka Community House
North Taranaki  2 March 2018  9:30-12:00pm New Plymouth District Council Chambers, Liardet Street, New Plymouth
Papakura / Franklin  2 March 2018  10:00am Franklin The Centre, Massey Avenue, Pukekohe
Rodney / North Shore 13 March 2018 1:00-3:00pm Takapuna District Cricket Club, Northcote Road, Takapuna
Rodney / North Shore 14 March 2018 1:00-3:00pm Te Whare Oranga O Parakai, 2/11 Parakai Avenue (enterance via Te Moau Avenue, Parakai, Auckland
Rotorua     Please contact the regional office for details
South Taranaki  28 February 2018  10:00-12:00pm War Memorial Hall, Miranda Street, Stratford
South Taranaki  28 February 2018  1:00-3:00pm Community Lounge, Albion Street, Hawera
Southland  7 March 2018  5:30-7:00pm RSA Hall, Nightcaps
Southland  13 March 2018  5:30-7:00pm Nga Hau E Wha Marae, 193 Conon Street, Invercargill 
Southland  21 March 2018  9:30-10:30am Community Connections Centre, 1 Chalton Lane, Gore
Tairawhiti     Please contact the regional office for details
Tamatea / Tamaki-Nui-a-Rua     Please contact the regional office for details
Tauranga / Moana 16 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Welcome Bay Community Centre, 242 Welcome Bay Road, Tauranga
Tongariro 15 March 2018  10:30-12:00pm

Tuwharetoa Health Turangi Meeting Room, Turangi Community Health Centre, 28 Te Rangitautahanga Road, Turangi

Tongariro 16 March 2018  10:30-12:00pm

Heartlands Services, Oranga Tamariki Conference Room, 77 Heu Heu Street, Taupo

Waikato South 5 March 2018 10:00 - 12:00pm Cambridge Health and Community Centre, 22a Taylor Street, Cambridge
Waikato South 5 March 2018 2:00-4:00pm Otorohanga Kiwi House, 20 Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga
Waikato West 6 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Morrinsville Community House, 43 Canada Street, Morrinsville
Waikato West 6 March 2018 2:00-4:00pm Raglan Community House, 45 Bow Street, Raglan
Wairarapa 21 March 2018  10:00-12:00pm Carterton Events Centre, 50 Holloway Street, Carterton 
Waitakere City 14 March 2018  7:00pm  St. John's Ambulance Hall, 247 Edmonton Road, Te Atatu South
Wellington 15 March 2018 10:00-12:00pm Mezzanine Floor, Wellington Central Library, 65 Victoria Street, Wellington 
West Coast 12 March 2018  10:30am   New Coasters/CoRe, Alberty Mall, Greymouth
West Coast 13 March 2018  10:30am  Buller REAP, Palmerston North, Westport
Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei 19 March 2018  3:00-5:30pm Community House Whanganui 
Whangarei / Kaipara  8 March 2018


 Kensington Stadium, Whangarei
Whangarei / Kaipara  15 March 2018  10:00am

Dargaville Museum, Harding Park, Dargaville

Whitireia 14 March 2018  9:30-11:30am  Paekakariki St Peters Village Hill, Beach Road, Paekakariki

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

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:

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.

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.

All COGS 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:

  • any item that is not eligible
  • any cost that is excluded when the grant is approved.

There is more detailed information about budgets here.  

The only supporting document required for a COGS grant request is a budget. However, you will need to also 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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