Get guidance on potential funding sources for proposed First World War centenary projects and activities.
The First World War Centenary programme office does not have funding for centenary projects outside of that allocated for the official legacy projects. The main source of funding for centenary commemorations in the community has come from the Lottery Grants Board.
You are welcome to list your proposal in our Ideas and Proposals forum if you want to make others aware of your need for funding. See also information about crowdfunding below.
There are a range of lottery grants available to support local initiatives and community services. Organisations are encouraged to speak with a Community Advisor on 0800 824 824 to discuss any potential funding request.
Veterans' Affairs New Zealand has funding to:
- Assist individual veterans of the New Zealand Forces who wish to attend overseas commemorations and, or revisit battlefield sites.
- Support veterans groups who have projects of enduring quality commemorating the contribution veterans have made.
Wellington City Council community grants
Local Wellington-based groups with an idea for commemorative activities can access support through the Council's community grants scheme. Local historical groups, community groups, school groups and others are eligible.
Funding is normally allocated three times a year with funding rounds in March, July and October.
Please contact the Council to discuss your project. Advisers can talk you through the process and help you find the right fund to apply for.
- Community grants, Social and Recreation Fund and general enquiries: Mark Farrar (04 803 8525, or email email@example.com)
- Arts and Cultural Fund: Felicity Birch, Arts Advisor (04 803 8143)
- Community Services: Donna Wilson (04 803 8092)
Central Lakes Trust
Central Lakes Trust will consider applications for WW100 commemorations, projects and activities that take place in its region between the dates of 1 January 2014 – 31 December 2018 through its normal funding round.
Community funding for First World War centenary projects can come from a range of sources, not just funds specifically associated with the centenary programme.
Generosity New Zealand
Generosity New Zealand (GNZ) is New Zealand's primary source of funding information. Grant funding tools are available via an online subscription or free at libraries on the Generosity New Zealand website. Individuals seeking funding for primary, secondary and tertiary study, research and personal development can use givME. Groups seeking assistance with administration costs, salaries, equipment and more can use givUS.
Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS)
The Community Organisation Grants Scheme (COGS) is a source of small grants. Applications can be made each year from 1 June to 31 July, and priorities are set for each year’s grants through local consultation before the application period begins.
For advice about whether a project might be eligible, call 0800 824 824 or consult the COGS website.
Gaming machine societies
Community funding is also available from gaming machine societies.
Arts & Culture Funding
Creative New Zealand
Creative New Zealand funds artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations across a range of different activities within the arts. They can guide you to identify funding opportunities for your First World War centenary creative arts projects.
Arts Foundation - Boosted
The Arts Foundation runs a philanthropic crowdfunding website for arts projects in New Zealand, Boosted.
NZ On Air is a New Zealand government broadcast funding agency. It supports local television, radio, music and digital media content to extend choices for New Zealand audiences. Applications for funding are considered throughout the year.
Cultural Funding Guide
The Cultural Funding Guide is an online database designed to make sources of funding for arts, cultural and heritage activities easy to find. You will find funding sources for individuals, groups and organisations, as well as potential sponsors.
Ministry for Culture & Heritage
The Ministry for Culture & Heritage offers grants and awards for history research and oral history recording.
Crowdfunding is a new form of fund-raising. If you have an idea you want to see happen, crowdfunding can be a good way to get support through donations from a large number of people via the Internet.
Put your project on a crowdfunding platform, and rally your local community and others to get together and each contribute a little towards its success. Collectively, you might be able to raise sufficient funds to make it happen.
There are many crowdfunding platforms out there. You will need to do your own due diligence to understand which platform is the best to use for your project. Some New Zealand platforms are listed below.
Other funding sources
If you know of other sources of financial support for proposed projects and activities (or guides to these sources), please let us know. We will add them to this page.