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 2022: $50,000 for Science & Technology and $50,000 for Visual Arts. $5,000 being the minimum grant.

Music grants
History & Literature grants


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

Online applications for the 2022 funding will open on Friday, 1 July 2022 and close at 5pm on Monday, 12 September 2022.

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

Earle Creativity and Development Trust online application (Public Trust website)

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, so that the Trust has a record of all confirmations.

For any other queries, please contact Earle Trust at

Successful applicants will be notified in November 2022.

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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