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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 mainly happen between November and April, to prepare for opening the next funding round. We will publish more information as plans and dates for the 2018/19 funding round are finalised.

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.

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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