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.
September 2014 update
Following the popularity of funding to support the community’s involvement in the First World War centenary programme in 2012-13, on 2 July 2014 the Lottery Grants Board allocated a further $5 million towards supporting First World War centenary commemoration activities.
The first funding round for 2014/15 applications closed on Wednesday 13 August 2014. The Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee will consider eligible applications from this round later this year.
It is anticipated that a second funding round will be held during 2014/15. 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.
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.