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.


Funding for Music and History & Literature grants in 2021 will be announced in June 2021.

$100,000 is available in 2021: $50,000 for Music and $50,000 for History & Literature, $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

It is expected that applications for the 2021 funding round will open on 1 July and close on 1 September 2021. More information will become available on this website in June 2021.

For further information, please contact Earle Trust at

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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