Funding Sources for WW100 Commemorations

Get guidance on potential funding sources for proposed First World War centenary projects and activities.

Lottery Grants - Now closed

Funding for First World War centenary commemorative activities is 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.

The first funding round closed on 28 November 2012. The second funding round (with extended eligibility criteria) closed on 29 May 2013, with the funding decisions announced  on 30 October 2013. Applications for a third funding round closed on 20 November 2013. No decisions have been made yet about further funding rounds.

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Funding priorities

In allocating lottery grants for the centenary, priority will be given to projects or activities that:

  • enable New Zealanders to gain a better understanding of the impact the First World War had on society
  • show how wartime history and/or New Zealand’s contribution to global peace and security has shaped New Zealand’s identity
  • preserve aspects of New Zealand’s natural, physical and cultural heritage associated with the First World War
  • encourage diverse participation by communities in commemoration projects, events and activities
  • deliver a community benefit of a public nature for New Zealand communities.

Assessment criteria

Applications for lottery grant funding will be assessed against standard lottery grants criteria as well as the priorities of the First World War centenary programme, WW100, which are to:

  • recognise the sacrifice of New Zealanders during the First World War
  • increase understanding of the role of our military heritage in shaping New Zealand identity
  • increase understanding of the impact of the war on New Zealanders
  • develop a greater appreciation of New Zealand’s long history of contributing to global peace and security
  • strengthen New Zealand’s ongoing relationships with Australia and all other participants of the First World War.

Find out more about New Zealand's First World War centenary programme

Eligibility for funding

In general the following First World War centenary (WW100) projects, events or activities may be funded:

  • commemoration events (Anzac Day and other specific battle commemorations)
  • upgrading existing memorials and construction of new memorials
  • temporary or permanent exhibitions 
  • community events
  • publications
  • art exhibitions that focus on artwork from the First World War period
  • digitising First World War-related records
  • research and graphic design (excluding concept and structural design) of interpretive material including brochures and panels, project-related website development, the construction of interpretive panels and printing of brochures or booklets
  • restoring or conserving First World War machinery.

For the second and third rounds of funding eligibility criteria have been extended to include:

  • Projects based overseas that increase awareness of New Zealand’s contribution to the First World War. This may include (but is not limited to) interpretive, educational or information projects, memorial projects and commemorative events. All projects based overseas must be able to meet the criteria for using the WW100 symbol.
  • Arts events, including but not limited to exhibitions that focus on artwork from the First World War period, performing arts, and sports events.

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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 closing date is 21 October 2014. The Social and Recreation Fund closing date is 29 October 2014. Decisions for these funds, which are particularly relevant to the commemorations, are made by Council in December. After October, 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 (Word, 56 KB)

Map showing the Central Lakes Trust region, including Milford, Wanaka, Makarora, Lake Hawea, Luggate, Tarras, St Bathans, Cromwell, Arrowtown, Queenstown, Clyde, Alexandra, Roxburgh, Raes Junction

The Central Lakes Trust region is defined as the geographical area which the former Otago Central Electric Power Board was authorised to supply electricity to.

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

The Funding Information Service, supported by the Department of Internal Affairs, is New Zealand's primary source of funding information and can be accessed free at most public libraries. The website provides searchable databases for grant-seekers.

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.

Creative New Zealand also has a First World War Centenary (WW100) Programme Co-Commisioning Fund, 2013 – 2016. The objective of this fund is to commission new large-scale collaborative work with New Zealand and international partners for national and international presentation during the period of the First World War centenary commemorations. The fund will be offered through two funding rounds in 2013 and 2014. The first round closed in November 2013. The next round closes on 30 June 2014.

Get guidance on arts funding opportunities from Creative New Zealand

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.





Social Backing

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.