Helping New Zealand build strong communities


What COGS does not fund

The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) does not fund:

  • individuals
  • fundraisers, including professional or commercial fundraisers whose purpose is to distribute money to others
  • services that duplicate existing services, unless the request demonstrates there is a good reason for both services to exist
  • services or activities that have already been delivered or have taken place prior to the closing date
  • debt repayment or debt servicing
  • reimbursement of past transactions or for completed work
  • social functions, except if, for cultural reasons, the event brings people together in order to achieve other significant community benefits or outcomes
  • alcohol and similar substances, such as kava
  • requests where there is evidence of a conflict of interest, which has not been disclosed or managed appropriately. (Note: A conflict of interest exists where a person’s duties or responsibilities to a grant recipient organisation could be affected by some other interest or duty that the person may have.)
  • publishing any material of a technical nature, unless it is consistent with the applicable policies and guidelines produced by the relevant Government or Government approved authorities
  • capital items purchases such as land, buildings, renovations, machinery, vehicles and/or furniture. (Items of office equipment with a unit cost less than $1000 are not deemed to be capital items.)
  • services or activities that promote commercial, political or religious activities, including political advocacy projects, employment and/or business initiatives and commercial enterprises
  • activities or projects specifically intended to generate a profit, though profits are allowed if the purpose is to achieve ongoing sustainability for the project
  • services, activities or programmes to be delivered overseas.