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 2014 update
Following the popularity of funding to support the community’s involvement in the First World War centenary programme in 2012-13, in July 2014 the Lottery Grants Board allocated a further $5 million towards supporting First World War centenary commemoration activities.
Applications for the first round for the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage (LWEH) Committee are now open until 18 February 2015.
The Committee is interested in receiving applications on WW1 commemorations including community events, activities and capital projects associated with commemorating the centenary of WWI.
The second round for applications opens in June and closes September, with announcements made in December 2015.
Organisations interested in seeking funding are encouraged to contact a Lottery advisor on 0800 824 824 to discuss their projects prior to submitting an application.
First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund
Creative New Zealand is offering a total of $1.5 million over three financial years through the First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund. This investment has been made possible with income from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.
The targeted fund supports national and international organisations to commission new, large-scale, collaborative work with New Zealand artists as part of the wider government programme to mark the First World War centenary (WW100).
Eligible projects will be collaborative and demonstrate potential for long-term relationships or cultural/artistic exchanges. The work should relate to the themes of the WW100 programme, include at least one international commissioning partner and be presented in at least two countries, including New Zealand. The works are to be presented nationally and internationally during the WW100 commemorations period over 2014 to 2018.
Expressions of interest for the third and final funding round will close 5pm on 2 February 2015. Applications are assessed via a two-stage process.
Visit www.creativenz.govt.nz/WW100 for further information on eligibly criteria and applying.
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.