NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

Funding the centenary programme

Government funds have been allocated for the official elements of New Zealand's First World War centenary programme. Lottery Grants are also available for community initiatives.


Government funding

The New Zealand Government has allocated funds to ‘legacy projects’ for the First World War centenary.

Legacy projects include the following:

These, and other projects being funded out of public department baselines such as a series of publications on various aspects of the war's impact on New Zealand, are listed as official projects in the Activities & Projects register.

Lottery Grants Board funding

To support the First Word War Centenary programme, in 2012 the Lottery Grants Board made a special allocation of more than $25 million funding to support community projects. Between 2013 and 2016 the special Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee considered seven rounds of applications.   

This special WW100 commemorative fund is no longer open, but organisations are still able to apply for a range of other lottery grants available to support local initiatives and community services.  

Find out more about Lottery funding on communitymatters.govt.nz

View applications funded since April 2013

Find out more about Lottery funding on communitymatters.govt.nz

First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund

Creative New Zealand made a total of $1.5 million available through the First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund, to support 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).

The WW100 Co-Commissioning Fund is no longer available, but Creative New Zealand has a range of other grants available to support arts projects. Find out more on www.creativenz.govt.nz/find-funding/funds

Read more about the successful applicants below: 

Further funding sources

Other sources of funds for community activities can be found on our funding sources page.

Moses, the donkey mascot of the New Zealand Army Service Company, in a playful mood. Photograph taken Louvencourt 20 April 1918 by Henry Armytage Sanders. Ref: 1/2-013144-G, Alexander Turnbull Library.