Funding Sources for WW100 Commemorations

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.

Lottery Grants

The Lottery Grants Board has allocated $3 million for distribution, in the 2015/16 financial year, to First World War commemoration projects. The Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage (LWEH) Committee was open for requests until 2 September 2015. Eligible and complete requests received by 2 September will be considered at a committee distribution meeting in mid-December 2015.

A second funding round opens on 7 January 2016, and will close for funding on 24 February 2016. Organisations are encouraged to speak with a Community Advisor on 0800 824 824 to discuss any potential funding request.

Visit to find out more about grant funding

View previously funded projects

Veterans funding

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.

Find out more about the Veterans' Affairs commemorations fund

Region-specific grants

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. Organisations are encouraged to apply in the July or October 2014 funding rounds if they want to be part of Anzac Day 2015 commemorations.

Funding Rounds

The Arts and Culture Fund closed on 21 October 2014. The Social and Recreation Fund closed on 29 October 2014. Decisions for these funds, which are particularly relevant to the commemorations, are made by Council in late-November. The next closing date is in March 2015.

Read about Wellington City Council funds and criteria

Access the funding calendar and closing dates


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
  • 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.

Read about Central Lakes Trust funding

Download the Central Lakes Trust funding criteria

Community funding

Community funding for First World War centenary projects can come from a range of sources, not just funds specifically associated with the centenary programme.

Funding Information Service

Funding Information Service (FIS) is New Zealand's primary source of funding information. FIS tools are available via an online subscription or free at libraries on the Funding Information Service website. Individuals seeking funding for primary, secondary and tertiary study, research and personal development can use BreakOut. Groups seeking assistance with administration costs, salaries, equipment and more can use FundView.

Access the Funding Information Service website

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.

Get guidance on arts funding opportunities from Creative New Zealand

First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund

Creative New Zealand is offering a total of $1.5 million between 2013 and 2015 through the First World War Centenary (WW100) Co-Commissioning Fund. This investment has been made possible by income from the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. 

The targeted fund supports 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).

Eligible projects will be collaborative and demonstrate potential for long-term relationships or cultural/artistic exchanges. The work should relate to the themes of the WW100 programme, include at least one international commissioning partner and be presented in at least two countries, including New Zealand. The works are to be presented nationally and internationally during the WW100 commemorations period over 2014 to 2018.

Applications are assessed via a two-stage process.

Visit the Creative New Zealand website for further information on eligibly criteria and applying.

Download detailed information about the Co-Commissioning Fund (PDF, 380 KB)

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.

Access the NZ On Air website

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.

Search for cultural funding opportunities

Ministry for Culture & Heritage

The Ministry for Culture & Heritage offers grants and awards for history research and oral history recording.

Read about Ministry grants and awards


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.