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.
July 2014 update
On 2 July 2014, the Lottery Grants Board allocated a further $5 million towards supporting World War One Commemoration activities.
The Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee will consider eligible applications later this year. The first funding round for 2014/15 closes on Wednesday 13 August 2014 and applicants are encouraged to contact a Lottery advisor on 0800 824 824 if they wish to discuss their project prior to submitting an application.
A full list of projects associated with the commemorations that have been funded by the Lottery Grants Board can be found by visiting www.communitymatters.govt.nz or under 'funding allocation' on the WW100 website.
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.