Funding for First World War centenary commemorative activities was made available via the Lottery Grants Board. More than $17 million has been allocated to help communities commemorate the centenary - a fund of $7.291 million for community events and smaller capital works, and a $10 million fund for one or more large-scale projects of national significance.
Over the three rounds of funding that the Lottery Grants Board has committed to, more than $9.3 million has been granted to a total of 122 general projects and almost $8 million to three projects of national significance — a grand total of $17,290,676. The Lottery Grants Board has made a huge contribution to New Zealand’s commemoration of the centenary of the First World War, and has fostered true community engagement across New Zealand and in France, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
December 2015 update
The Lottery Grants Board has allocated $3 million for distribution, in the 2015/16 financial year, to First World War commemoration projects. The Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage (LWEH) fund opened for requests on 7 January 2016, and will close for funding on 24 February 2016. Organisations are encouraged to speak with a Community Advisor on 0800 824 824 to discuss any potential funding request.
Other potential funding sources for World War One commemorations are listed on WW100's website.
The First World War Centenary programme office does not have funding for centenary projects outside of that allocated for the official legacy projects.