Hamilton has planned a $1.2 million programme of events over four years to commemorate the centenary of World War I.
Events include a major Waikato Museum exhibition and the opening of a garden in Memorial Park that will reflect Hamilton's war involvement.
Other proposed projects are public art works, a performance festival, a military parade, and book and photographic projects.
Also on the list is a visit by a mayoral delegation to the Belgium city of Ypres, with which former Hamilton councillor Peter Bos forged a relationship based on historic war links between the cities.
The Lottery Grants Board will pay for $700,000 of the $1.2m budget.
Sponsorship, community funders and other sources of funding are expected to make up the shortfall after local and central government contributions.