About the Rowlands Trust

Mr Roy Rowlands and The Rowlands Trust

Mr Rowlands lived on Jubilee Drive, Colwall, Herefordshire with his wife Elizabeth who was a heiress and gifted their house by her father.  They didn’t have any children.
Mr and Mrs Rowlands had an active interest in local politics, with Mrs Rowlands being a member of the Colwall parish council and Mr Rowlands having ambitions to represent the Conservative party as a local MP. 
Sadly Mrs Rowlands died in 1992 leaving her husband to live alone in their house, which he did until shortly before he died in 1996.  Mr Rowlands set up the Rowlands Trust to be the benefactor of his estate and was clear the types of projects and organisations he wanted to support. 
The Trust is now managed based on his wishes with a set of criteria agreed prior to his death and to date has granted in excess of £13,000,000 to the benefit of local organisations.

Mr Roy Rowlands who set up Rowlands Trust


Ian Smith – Chair

Gary Barber

Diana Crabtree

Rebecca Widdowson

Patrick Wrixon

What we fund

The main areas that Mr Rowlands wanted the Trust to support were:

  • Research, education and training in order to promote success
  • Medical and scientific research
  • The Armed Services
  • People and areas disadvantaged by education, health, finance and disability
  • Elderly and young people
  • Music and the arts
  • The environment
  • Restoration and re-ordering of church buildings which lead to an increase in community use.

 Additional criteria

  • The Trust will only consider applications from registered charities. Community Interest Companies (CICs) are NOT eligible to apply. Exemptions apply for churches.
  • The Trustees are not in a position to assess applications by or on behalf of individuals and will not consider these applications.
  • It is the Trustees’ usual practice to make grants only for capital expenditure and applications for revenue funding such as annual running costs (e.g. salaries, rent and administration expenses) will not be considered. The Trustees consider expenditure to be capital in nature if, in its widest sense, the expenditure will have a lasting benefit. You should tell us what the lasting benefit would be. Wherever possible you should provide examples and case studies showing the benefit of your proposal.
  • The Trustees do not intend making grants to charities for the benefit of animals.
  • The Trustees’ will NOT grant funds for the production and distribution of leaflets and brochures.

Our funding decisions are guided by the criteria laid out in Mr Rowlands’ Will, and we are keen to hear from charities needing help.