History & Literature

Encouraging creativity in history and literature in the writing of new material in prose, poetry or dramatic form – in non-fiction, creative non-fiction and fiction.


The aim of the Trust is to nurture innovative ideas and talent by helping groups and individuals through the steps necessary to bring ideas and skills through the development stages to worthwhile outcomes.

Emphasis in the provision of grants in the areas of history and literature creativity will always be on encouragement of the new and contribution to the community and literary and historical merit.

Projects should originate from within the Manawatū/Rangitikei region and show benefit to the region.

Grants can be applied for by anyone resident in, or closely connected to, that region.


The History & Literature projects that the Trust aims to encourage may include:

  • Books (fiction and non-fiction), plays, poetry collections; these can be in print or electronic format.
  • Developmental workshops or writing courses aimed at stimulating new ideas in literature and history. These would be organised outside mainstream educational channels, with the aim of helping local people develop relevant skills to bring ideas to fruition.


About the Trust

Established by Richard and Mary Earle, the Creativity and Development Trust, a registered charity under Public Trust and administered locally, helps fund specific local projects within the arts and technical sciences.