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What is COGS?

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) was established in 1986 to provide essential support to non-profit, voluntary and community organisations. Since its inception, more than 40,000 grants totalling almost $200 million have been distributed throughout New Zealand.

COGS is a community-driven government-funded scheme – an example of the community and government working together to build strong, sustainable communities, and to provide strong social services.

Every year, over $12 million of COGS funding is distributed to more than 3000 community groups.

Most grants are for $3000 or less, and contribute to ongoing running costs (such as rent, travel, volunteer and administration expenses), to hosting hui, fono or community workshops, or toward project development costs.

Thirty-seven Local Distribution Committees (LDCs), served entirely by volunteers, consider and make decisions on grant applications from groups within their local communities. The 37 LDCs are serviced by the Local Government and Community (LG&C) Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.


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