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This year there have been some 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 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. 

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
Aoraki 21 March 2019 9:30-11:30am St John, 241 Tancred St, Ashburton
Aoraki 21 March 2019 2:00-4:00pm Events Centre, Morgans Rd, Timaru
Auckland City 14 March 2019 10:00am Mt Albert Senior Citizens Hall, Wairere Avenue and New North Road, Mt Albert, Auckland 1025
Auckland City 15 March 2019 11:30am Surfdale Hall, 6 Hamilton Rd, Waiheke
Canterbury Rural 20 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Lincoln Events Centre, 15 Meijer Dr, Lincoln 7608
Canterbury Rural 19 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Woodend Community Centre, 6A School Rd, Woodend
Central Otago 27 March 2019 5:30pm The Gate, 6 Barry Ave, Cromwell
Christchurch City / Banks Peninsula  7 March 2019 1:30pm The McFadden Centre, 64 McFadden Rd, St Albans, Christchurch
Coastal Otago / Waitaki 18 March 2019 12:30pm Cross Recreation Centre, 18 Glasgow St, Balclutha
Coastal Otago / Waitaki 19 March 2019 12:30pm Otago Pioneer Women's Memorial Building, 362 Moray Place, Dunedin
Coastal Otago / Waitaki 19 March 2019 6:00pm Mosgiel Library (Downes Room), 7 Hartsonge Ave, Mosgiel, Dunedin
Coastal Otago / Waitaki  21 March 2019 6:00pm Scottish Hall, 10 Tyne St, South Hill, Oamaru
Far North 5 March 2019 9:00am Far North REAP, 33 Puckey Ave, Kaitaia
Far North 14 March 2019 9:00am St John Ambulance Hall, 357 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri
Hauraki 4 March 2019 10:00am  Thames Baptist Church, 303 Mary St, Thames
Hutt Valley 20 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Upper Hutt Cossie Club, 11 Logan St, Ebdentown, Upper Hutt 5018
Kirikiriroa / Hamilton City 7 March 2019 10:00-12pm Western Community Centre, 46 Hyde Ave, Nawton, Hamilton
Manawatu / Horowhenua 19 March 2019 2:00-4:00pm Globe Theatre, 312 Main St, Palmerston North
Manukau 13 March 2019 11:00-1:00pm Wiri Community Hall, Main Hall, 11 Inverell Ave, Wiri
Marlborough 25 February 2019 1:30-3:00pm Neil St, Havelock, Marlborough
Marlborough 25 February 2019 10:30-11:30am Weld St, Redwoodtown, Blenheim 7201
Mataatua 19 March 2019 9:00-11:00am Opotiki Heritage and Agricultural Society, 123 Church St, Opotiki
Mataatua 19 March 2019 1:00-3:00pm Eastbay REAP, 21 Pyne St, Whakatane
Nelson / Bays 28 February 2019 12:00-2:00pm Sports House Board Room, Sports Tasman, 142 Saxton Rd East, Stoke
Nelson / Bays 4 March 2019 12:00-2:00pm Community House, Decks Reserve, Motueka
Nelson / Bays 14 March 2019 12:00-2:00pm Golden Bay Community Centre, 88 Commercial St, Takaka
North Taranaki 21 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Community House Conference Room, New Plymouth
Papakura / Franklin 22 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Papakura Old Central School (Main Hall), 57 Wood St, Papakura
Rodney / North Shore 26 March 2019 11:30-1:00pm Te Whare Oranga o Parakai (Helensville), Tui Room, 2/11 Parakai Ave, Parakai (enterance via Te Moau Ave)
Rodney / North Shore 27 March 2019 11:30-1:00pm Takapuna Cricket Club, Northcote Rd, Takapuna, Auckland 0622
Rotorua 21 March 2019 9:30-11:30am Rotorua Community Youth Centre, 6 Te Ngae Rd, Rotorua
South Taranaki 15 March 2019 10:00-11:30am Theatre Lounge, Hawera Community Centre, 66 Albion St, Hawera
South Taranaki 15 March 2019 1:00-3:00pm Stratford War Memorial Hall, 55 Miranda St, Stratford
Southland 27 February 2019 9:30-10:30am Community Connections Centre, 1 Charlton Lane, Gore
Southland 26 February 2019 5:30-6:30pm Ngā Hau E Whā Marae, 193 Conon St, Invercargill
Southland 28 February 2019 5:30-6:30pm RSA Hall, Nightcaps
Tairawhiti 28 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm The Blind Foundation, 39 Grey St, Gisborne
Tairawhiti 28 March 2019 2:30-4:30pm Hāti Nāti Cafe, 163 Waiomatatini Rd, Ruatoria
Tairawhiti 29 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Wairoa Taiwhenua, Bridge St, Wairoa
Tamatea / Tamaki-Nui-A-Rua  22 March 2019 9:30-11:30am REAP, 15 Gordon Street, Dannevirke
Tamatea / Tamaki-Nui-A-Rua 22 March 2019 1:30-3:30Pm Central Connect, 125 Ruataniwha Street, Waipukurau
Tauranga / Moana 21 March 2019  1:00-3:00pm Papamoa Community Centre, 15 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa Beach
Tongariro 20 March 2019 10:00-1:00pm  Turangi Senior Citizens Hall, Turangi
Waikato South 7 March 2019 12:00-1:30pm Cambridge Health and Community Centre, 22a Taylor St, Cambridge
Waikato South 7 March 2019 2:30-4:00pm Otorohanga Kiwi House, 20 Alex Telfer Drive, Otorohanga
Waikato West 6 March 2019 2:00-4:00pm Morrinsville Community House
Waikato West 5 March 2019 1:00-2:30pm Ngaruawahia Community House
Wairarapa 13 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Carterton Events Centre, 50 Holloway St, Carterton 5713
Waitakere City 12 March 2019 7:00pm St John's Ambulance Hall, 249 Edmonton Rd, Te Atatu South, Auckland
Wellington Postponed   TBC at a later date
West Coast 12 March 2019 11:00-1:00pm Buller District Library, Palmerston St, Westport
West Coast 14 March 2019 9:30-11:30am CoRe/new Coasters Venue, Albert St, Greymouth
West Coast 14 March 2019 2:00-4:00pm Westland RSA, 22 Sewell St, Hokitika
Whanganui / Waimarino / Rangitikei 11 March 2019 2:00-4:00pm Community House, 60 Ridgway St, Whanganui
Whangarei / Kaipara 11 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Cricket Pavilion, Okara Dr, Whangarei
Whangarei / Kaipara 14 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Dargaville Meseum, 32 Mount Wesley Coast Road, Dargaville
Whitireia 15 March 2019 10:00-12:00pm Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, 17 Parumoana St, Porirua 5024

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:

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.

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.  

Required Documentation

All COGS grant requests must include a budget.

A budget must include:

  • A start and end date for the period covered by the budget 
  • All anticipated and confirmed income and your expected expenses. 

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, and that your organisation meets financial reporting requirements. Information about these can be found here.  Your grant request will be considered incomplete if you don’t provide this information by the closing date for the funding round, and will not be considered for funding.

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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