Creativity grants in search of applicants
Dick and Mary Earle are on a mission to foster and develop the region’s creativity with $100,000 worth of grants.
The grants from the Earle Creativity and Development Trust are now available to residents of Manawatu and Rangitikei for science and technology projects and for visual arts ventures.
Philanthropist Dick Earle said the trust’s grants were in four sections on a two-yearly rotate. Last year the grants were for history and literature, and for music.
Each section attracts $50,000, with the maximum grant $30,000 and the minimum $5000.
‘‘It’s to help push creativity along. The grants can help to kick start an idea, and can make all the difference between no-go and go,’’ Earle said.
‘‘They’re for people with serious intent. We don’t want to be giving away toothbrushes and penny-whistles.’’
He said previous science round grants have helped with a device to clean paint brushes, with investigations into sourcing food from insects, and in the development of a new pregnancy testing kit. Artist Asher Newbury received a grant to paint Tatau Pounamu - an artwork comprising 175 panels to commemorate each year from the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 to 2015.
The grants average out at about $10,000 each, and must be used within 12 months, Earle said.
‘‘The application has to convince our independent committee that the project is worthwhile. It’s a challenge but also an opportunity.’’
Applications close on Monday, September 19 with the announcement of the recipients made in October.
More details are available on the Earle Creativity Trust website, or through the Public Trust website, where all applications must be filed.
Asher Newbury was a recipient of an Earle Creativity and Development Trust grant for visual arts in 2014.