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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. 

For the priorities of the individual LDCs, follow the link 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

What supporting documents do I need?

Your COGS funding request requires a budget, and your organisation needs to meet some financial reporting requirements and provide evidence of these.

You will need to upload evidence of your organisation's financial reporting to your Organisation profile in the grants and client management system and you will need to upload your budget with your funding request before you submit it. 

Your funding request will be considered incomplete if you don’t provide this information by the closing date for the funding round, and your request will not be considered.

If your funding request is approved you may use the grant for any costs in your budget, except for:

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

Information about budgets and financial reporting requirments can be found at the links below:

You should check that the financial reporting evidence you have uploaded to your Organisation profile is up-to-date before you submit your funding request.  

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.

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