A series of projects to commemorate the centenary of the First World War have been granted $2.7 million in funding by the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board.

Thirty projects, including a memorial garden in Hamilton to remember fallen soldiers who died overseas, a public lecture series, exhibitions, plays, and choirs have all been given a cash boost.

"World War One had a considerable impact on New Zealand's character, identity and sense of place in the world.

"The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board recognises the importance of this centenary event to our nation and has set aside over $17 million to fund community initiatives and projects," Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain said today.