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.

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