How to apply

Grants are awarded to projects which meet the Trust’s objectives of funding projects demonstrating creativity and innovation, and of practical relevance and benefit to the Manawatū and Rangitīkei region.


$100,000 is available in 2020: $50,000 for Visual Arts and $50,000 for Science & Technology, $5,000 being the minimum grant.


Applicants must be residents of or closely connected to the Manawatū and Rangitīkei region.

Tertiary students are eligible to apply for grants, however, the grants are not available to secondary school students.

A person or group can make more than one application. Each is treated as an independent application.

How to apply

Applications for the 2020 funding are open on Wednesday, 1 July and close on Tuesday, 1 September. Successful applicants will be notified in November 2020.

Applications must be completed online through the Public Trust website at Applicants will be required to register online before they can start their application.

When an application has been successfully submitted the applicant will receive a confirmation email from Public Trust, together with a PDF copy of their application.

When the applicant receives this confirmation it is important that they forward it to the Earle Trust at email:, so that the Trust has a record of all confirmations.

To assist you in preparing your application, you can download an example of the application form. However, applications will need to be submitted using the online form which will be available from the Public Trust website from 1 July.

For any other queries, please contact Earle Trust at

Successful applicants will be notified in November 2020.

Apply online

If you are having trouble accessing the online application form, copy and paste the below link directly into your browser:

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.

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