colwinston charitable trust


Presteigne Festival


Due to the ongoing uncertainties surrounding national restrictions and especially the impact this is having on the live performing arts, and the resources consequently available to the Trust, the application deadline of March 31st 2021 has been suspended.

No further applications will be considered until the autumn meeting of trustees, and the next deadline for receipt of applications is 30th September 2021, for project activity that does not commence before January 2022.

Please contact the Trust before submitting any application to be given any further advice.


Welcome to the Colwinston Charitable Trust website.

The Trust was established in 1995 by its founder and Chairman, Mathew Prichard CBE, and distributes grants to UK Registered Charities delivering high quality work in the Live Performing Arts and the Visual Arts. The funding is primarily directed towards the support of activity that benefits Wales.

The Trust derives its main income from royalties from the London production of The Mousetrap, the murder mystery written by Agatha Christie.

The play opened in 1952 and has been running continuously ever since, and with over 25,000 performances, has had by far the longest initial run of any play in history, and is the longest running show of any type in the world.

The five Trustees are:

Mr Mathew C T Prichard CBE (Chairman)
Miss Rebecca A Evans
Mrs Lucinda M Prichard
Mr Martin P Tinney
Miss Sian Ll Williams

The trustees meet twice yearly, early in May and late October / November to consider applications and make funding decisions. More than 80% of available funding goes to support activity that benefits the arts and people of Wales.

The Trust is especially interested in projects that demonstrate excellence in the relevant field.

Collaborative projects that assist organisations to share costs, skills and expertise, and that extend the range and reach of the activity to be funded are of particular interest.

High quality projects that help young people to better appreciate the possibilities the arts can offer, and those that aim to improve access and understanding of the art form are also of particular interest.

Please read the Trust’s Guidelines for more details about eligibility, priorities and procedures for making a grant application.


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