Funding for WWI War Stories

10 June 2014

Wellingtonians who want to mark their local World War One centenary connections can apply for funding from the Council through our community grants.

WW1 Soldier Named

After this photo appeared in this news story, this young man’s family has identified him as John Aitken Allan.

The photo was taken at 323 Willis Street, the family home, in 1917. John didn’t make it to active duty through illness when overseas. He was named after then Wellington Mayor and family friend John Aitken.

Photograph of World War 1 soldier in uniform.

World War One soldier

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If you’re part of a community group or historical society, have a local school or artistic project you think might fly – or you’re a keen history buff with a great idea – we’d love to hear from you.

Mark Farrar, in the Council’s funding team, says the Council will be at the forefront of WW100 commemorations in the Capital next year with a raft of events and projects planned but we also want to make sure that local stories can be told.

“We’re looking for ideas and ways in which the wider community can share World War One stories through things like:

  • public art and performance
  • community murals
  • exhibitions
  • talks or tours
  • events big or small. 

Activities or projects don’t need to be focused on 2015 or Anzac Day – they can happen through until 2019.

“We don’t have a dedicated WW100 fund as projects could come under different funding areas, such as our Arts and Culture or Social and Recreation funds, or integrated with other planned projects or events.”

For Anzac Day 2015, there will be a full calendar of events in Wellington, including the official opening of the National War Memorial Park in Buckle Street.

We’re looking to gather as many community groups and individuals to take part in these commemorations, including for a ceremonial parade from the Cenotaph to Memorial Park on the eve of Anzac Day, Friday 24 April.

The parade will include horse-drawn gun carriages, bands, pipers, uniformed ‘troops’ as well as vintage cars and other memorabilia. If you’d like to join this in some way – perhaps as part of a local history group – you can also apply for funding from the Council.

This October, to launch Wellington City’s WW100 commemorations, there will be a free outdoor multimedia event – Lest We Forget – designed to remember the city and its people during the war years. We’re working with the Film Archive, Te Papa, and Archives New Zealand to offer Wellingtonians an exciting way to connect with the past.

Over the coming year there’ll be opportunities to apply for Council funding for WW100 activities. If you have an idea or project for which you need support or advice, please phone Mark Farrar at the Council on (04) 803 8525 or email funding@wcc.govt.nz

For information on the closing dates for our various funds, see our Funding Calendar.

To find out more about WW100 projects nationwide, get some ideas for what you could do and be involved, visit NZ WW100

WW100 – be involved

Open Session

5.30pm - 7pm, Monday 30 June

Mezzanine floor meeting room, Central Library, 65 Victoria Street

If you’re keen to be involved or would like to find out more about our plans around the WW100 commemorations, come and talk to us at this open session later this month. If you have your own plans, please come and be prepared to share them.