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Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee Te Tahua Whakamaharatanga ki te Pakanga Tuatahi o te Ao, te Taiao me ngā Taonga Tuku Iho

Kaupapa / Purpose
Whakatakanga / Mission
Relationship with Māori
Funding for outcomes 
Committee outcomes 
Committee priorities 
What we may fund
What we do not fund
Requesting a grant

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Kaupapa / Purpose

The Committee’s purpose is to provide grants to one-off projects that foster the conservation, preservation and promotion of New Zealand’s natural, physical and cultural heritage. This includes support for community events, activities and capital projects commemorating the centenary of World War One.

Whakatakanga / Mission

The Committee aims to contribute to the promotion, protection and preservation of New Zealand’s natural, physical and cultural heritage. This includes preserving aspects of New Zealand’s natural, physical and cultural heritage associated with World War One. Requests for grants should demonstrate how the project will contribute to the achievement of a community benefit of a public nature within New Zealand.

Relationship with Māori

E whakatau ana Te Tahua Whakamaharatanga ki te Pakanga Tuatahi o te Ao, te Taiao me ngā Taonga Tuku Iho i ngā hiahia me nga tūmanako o te Māori me o rātou kawa.

Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage recognises the aspirations and needs of Māori, and their protocols.

Funding for outcomes

The Lottery Grants Board aims to maximise the community benefits of Lottery grants by focusing grant decision making on outcomes. For more information see Outcomes-focused decision making.

For guidance on how the funding for outcomes approach impacts on the online forms for grant requests and future reporting on grants, see guidance on implementing an outcomes approach.

Organisations requesting grants need to demonstrate:

  • their focus on achieving their own outcomes
  • their work together with others to achieve common community outcomes
  • how they are responsive to the communities they serve.

Committee outcomes

Grant decisions will be based on the likelihood that the completed project will deliver the benefits and outcomes described in the grant request.

Funded projects are expected to contribute community benefits and demonstrate progress towards achieving the community outcomes of:

  • increasing access to New Zealand’s cultural heritage;
  • preserving and protecting New Zealand’s natural environment; or
  • preserving New Zealand’s history for future generations
  • enabling New Zealanders to gain a better understanding of how World War One impacted on society and show how wartime history and New Zealand’s contribution to global peace and security has shaped New Zealand’s identity.

Committee priorities

Priority is given to projects that:

  • preserve aspects of New Zealand’ natural, physical and cultural heritage associated with World War One;
  • encourage diversity of participation by communities in World War One commemoration projects, events and activities;
  • promote, protect and preserve of New Zealand’s native flora and fauna, taking into account the local, regional and national significance of the project;
  • conserve and preserve places, structures and large built objects associated with the physical heritage of New Zealand, which are of proven historical significance; or
  • conserve and preserve New Zealand’s cultural heritage.


Organisations requesting grants must demonstrate the appropriate governance, management structures and processes are in place to support the size and complexity of the project for which funding is sought.

The Lottery grants page presents an overview of what is required and introduces the new online grant agreements.

The Supporting Financial Documentation page summarises the requirements for organisations requesting grants.

What we may fund

Funding is only available for one-off projects.  A one-off project may include either:

  • a discrete stage of a larger, ongoing project; or
  • a single, stand alone project.

Natural heritage projects

Priority is given to projects that:

  • conserve and restore New Zealand’s native flora and fauna
  • conserve and restore critical habitats and eco-systems
  • conserve rare, endangered or threatened species in their natural habitat
  • improve public education and awareness of issues affecting New Zealand’s native flora and fauna

A grant may be given towards costs such as purchase of project materials, project related salaries and non-administrative project related costs associated with volunteers. 

The types of projects considered include:

Physical heritage projects

Priority is given to places, structures or objects with proven heritage significance.  In the application it must demonstrate how the grant will enhance the preservation of the place, structure or object.

In addition, preference will also be given to projects in which the applicant has considered fire protection (i.e. installing sprinklers) and seismic strengthening as part of the project. 

The types of projects considered include:

Cultural heritage projects

Priority is given to projects that:

  • protect collections at risk
  • make collections available to the community
  • enhance the learning experience and involvement of young people
  • conserve moveable cultural property;
  • consideration has been given to the fire protection or seismic strengthening needs of the completed project

The types of projects considered include:

World War One Centenary Commemoration Projects

All requests for Commemoration projects must have World War One as the main focus. The following general projects, events or activities may be funded:

  • Commemoration events (ANZAC Day and specific battle commemorations)
  • Memorials – upgrading of existing memorials and construction of new memorials
  • Temporary or permanent exhibitions
  • Restoration or conservation of World War One machinery
  • Community Events
  • Publications
  • Art exhibitions which focus on artwork from the World War One period
  • Digitisation of World War One related records
  • Research and graphic design of interpretive material
  • Projects based overseas that increase awareness of New Zealand’s contribution to World War One

Examples of projects that have previously received funding from the Lottery World War One Commemorations, Environment and Heritage Committee can be found here.

One-off capital works projects of national significance may also be funded. Requests must be for projects situated in New Zealand with a total project cost exceeding $3 million, that:

  • consider issues which are of interest or had a major effect on New Zealand
  • emphasise New Zealand’s cultural heritage and provide opportunities for increasing community awareness, understanding and education surrounding World War One and New Zealand society at the time
  • contribute to regional or national conservation, cultural or heritage preservation strategies
  • are distinguishable from similar projects in the region, and provide evidence of wide community support and support from relevant national and/or regional organisations
  • have secured or raised 33.3% partnership funding for the project at the time of submitting the grant request.

Please read 'What we do not fund' for further information.

What we do not fund

In addition to those items, services and projects not funded by any Lottery committee, this committee does not fund:

  • landscaping, maintenance or beautification projects which have no conservation or educational value
  • development, creation or planning of historic gardens
  • recycling or anti-litter schemes
  • conservation or restoration of privately or commercially owned buildings, structures or large built objects
  • the building or restoration of historic replicas
  • the installation or upgrades of amenities including but not limited to kitchens or toilets
  • projects undertaken as part of a university qualification
  • pure research projects
  • operating expenses including administration, staffing or routine maintenance costs
  • reunion events (these are now funded by the Lottery Community Committees)
  • purchase of land
  • overseas travel for individuals or organisations to take part in World War One commemoration events
  • the purchase of works of art and/or artefacts for museums, art galleries or other institutions will not be considered (except where the object is of national significance and must be purchased to ensure that the object remains in or returns to New Zealand)
  • catering costs (including the purchase of alcohol and licenses to sell alcohol)
  • network infrastructure
  • the preparation of education kits developed specifically for the school curriculum and for use primarily in schools, and, in particular, to be sold to schools

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