Guidance on potential funding sources for proposed First World War centenary projects and activities.
The First World War Centenary programme office did 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 was 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 were a range of lottery grants available to support local initiatives and community services.
View previously funded projects
Veterans' Affairs New Zealand had 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.
Community funding for First World War centenary projects came 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.
Access the Generosity New Zealand 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 funded artists, arts practitioners and arts organisations across a range of different activities within the arts.
View Creative New Zealand WW100 Co-Commissioning Fund recipients
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.