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Funding available for WWI commemorations

Scott Simpson

MP For Coromandel

Media Release

12 August 2013

Funding available for WWI commemorations

A total of $17 million is being made available to local communities to be part of New Zealand’s World War centenary commemorations which commence next year.

Coromandel MP Scott Simpson is encouraging local organisations to submit applications for the third round of funding which is now open.

“The World War One centenary commemorations will be significant and will take place over several years. Community-driven projects will provide us all an opportunity as New Zealanders to reflect on the war’s impact on our character, identity and place in the world.”

The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board has allocated the funding to support community events, activities and capital projects associated with commemorating the centenary. Two pools of funding are available. More than $7 million has been set aside for a general fund for community events and smaller capital work projects and $10 million has been set aside for one or more large-scale projects of national significance.

“Eligibility criteria for applications has been expanded since the first funding round to include arts and sports activities, and projects located overseas, to enable a wider range of community projects to access funding. Like many parts of New Zealand, Coromandel has a proud history of service with World War One and this is a tremendous opportunity for us to remember and honour that service,” Mr Simpson said.

Applications for the third funding round will close on 20 November 2013. Further information on this funding for not for profit groups is available at If you would like support with this or need more details phone 0800 824 824 or email


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