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O'Donnell Grants 2019/2020

This grant round has now closed. Submissions closed at 5:00PM 31 January 2020 (NZDT).

The O’Donnell Grants

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Applicants should carefully consider the criteria which may be varied from time to time.

The O’Donnell Trust Fund provides an opportunity for Mrs O’Donnell to give back and offer’s Musicians, Ballet Dancers and Singers from Palmerston North, to continue to build on their talents both within New Zealand and Overseas (including Travel and Accommodation expenses). We can assume she enjoyed the performing arts and was passionate about proving education options to those with such talent within the wider Palmerston North community.

The Trust provides Scholarships to assist financially students to achieve their goals and obtaining a professional qualification in their chosen field to assist with their long term career goals.

Who is eligible? 

  • Applications must be from individuals only and the scholarships will only be awarded to suitable applicant/s.
  • Applicants must be New Zealand born or naturalised citizens and be permanently resident within 30kms of The Square in Palmerston North which includes Bulls, Feilding, Ashurst, Woodville, Pahiatua, Foxton, Himatangi Beach, Tokomaru and Mangatainoka.
  • The course of study must be for a minimum of one year and be considered a full-time course.
  • Student is defined as a person who is studying at a university or other place of higher education or a high-school student intending to study at a university or other place of higher education.
  • Applicants are intending to advance their education of Music, Ballet or Singing by undertaking study with an appropriate University, Polytechnic, School or Academy in New Zealand or Overseas within 12 months of the closing date.
  • Applicants will need to have demonstrated outstanding Music, Ballet or Singing talent in New Zealand.

How much funding is available? Up to twelve Scholarships will be awarded. Scholarships will be awarded for between 1 and 3 years and be valued between $5,000 and $10,000. *The “year” can exceed a calendar year.

Application Requirements:

  • The application form be completed and submitted via Public Trust online Granting System.
  • A copy of your birth certificate or citizenship certificate is required.
  • Confirmation of Residential address.
  • The application is to be supported by the required documents including a CV, Two references, a Cover letter and a solo-performance video
  • An overview of your course of study and or project, future career and occupation aspirations.
  • Your financial position including income, expenses and any other Grants or Scholarships applied for or received.
  • Brief description of your circumstances
  • A proposal on how you intend on applying the Scholarship - time frames, location and outcomes including an itemised budget (maximum 2 pages)


Important dates:

  • Applications are open from the 1st of December 2019 closing 5pm on the 31st of January 2020.
  • Applicants will be advised of the outcome by the 28th of February 2020.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Contact us: Any questions should be directed to Public Trust to or  ph 0800 371 471.


Public Trust is the Trustee for the O’Donnell Trust Fund (The Trust).  The following terms and conditions are applicable to all applications and may be varied from time to time by Public Trust.  

  • The Scholarship/s shall be known as the O’Donnell Grants.
  • The value of each scholarship will be decided by the committee and may differ between applicants in any one year.
  • Scholarships may also include an appropriate allowance for living and incidental expenses.
  • Decisions made by Public Trust in relation to any scholarship matter will be final and the Trustee reserves the right to seek such information regarding the applicant from the institution(s) attended as they deem necessary in order to decide a Scholarship.
  • The Committee reserves the right to withhold the payment of any amounts due under the Scholarship in the event of the misconduct or change of circumstances of any person holding the Scholarship.

All applications are considered by the Trusts Committee. The decision of the Committee is final and no further discussion will be entertained.

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

Step 1: Determine eligibility

  • Please ensure you have read the Trust’s criteria
  • If you are unsure if you are eligible to apply please contact us at

Step 2: Register or login to apply online

  • First time users will need to register.

Note: Please store your login details in a safe place for future reference.

  • Once registered, you can login to the system and start your application.

Step 3: Complete your Application

  • The application is best viewed/completed on a non-mobile device.
  • Complete all of the required questions – mandatory questions are marked with an *
  • Attach all required supporting documents.

Note: Our preferred format for attachments is PDF, Excel, Word or JPG.  Supporting materials cannot exceed 25MB in size, as files exceeding this will not upload.

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You can save your application at any stage and return to it later. Make sure the spell checker is switched on in your browser to prevent spelling errors.

Step 4: Review and submit your Application

  • When you are satisfied with your application press the review button to ensure that all required sections of the application have been completed (you must do this before the submit button is enabled).
  • Submit your application.

  Note: Once you have submitted your application no further editing or uploading of supporting documents is possible.

Step 5: What happens next?

  • You will receive an automated email confirming your submission with a copy of your application attached and information about how/when your Application will be assessed.  This will be sent to the email you used to register. 

If you do not receive a confirmation email then your Application has not been successfully submitted (don’t forget to check your spam email folder when looking for the email).

  • We will contact you if we require any further information to consider your Application.

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