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.
February 2015 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 second round for the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage (LWEH) Committee closed on 18 February 2015.
At this stage, there are no further funding rounds specifically for First World War centenary commemorative activities, but those activities are still eligible to apply for funding in other funding categories.
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.
Creative New Zealand funding (April 2015 update)
Creative New Zealand is providing over $358,000 to support a diverse range of new collaborative arts projects which focus on the impact of the First World War on New Zealand as a nation.
These projects will be presented across New Zealand, Australia, Belgium, France, England, Scotland and Turkey and cover a range of art forms: visual arts, opera, choral/orchestral, youth theatre, Pacific arts and jazz music.
CNZ has supported these projects through their First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund. There is one funding round remaining through this dedicated fund, which will close Monday 2 November 2015.
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.