The Rowlands Trust

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

What we fund

  • 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.
  • 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.

Geographical area

Mr Rowlands’ was keen to provide benefit in his locality and therefore there are strict geographical criteria.  The Trustees will only consider application which provide benefit within the following areas:

  • West Midlands
  • Herefordshire
  • Worcestershire
  • South Shropshire
  • North Gloucestershire
  • Birmingham

Acknowledging our Grant

We require all grant holders to send a formal letter or email of receipt for their grant and agreement to the grant conditions, this is required for audit purposes.

The Trust are happy for their grant to be acknowledged publicly and a logo can be provided on request.

Please contact us if you would like to use our logo.

Grant Monitoring

The Trustees are keen to hear about the outcomes of the work they have funded.
When the project has been completed or activity that was funded has finished.  The Trustees would like to receive a feedback report.  There is not a specific report that needs to be completed and this information can be in any format appropriate.  Please return all feedback – here

Visits to Beneficiaries
The Trustees enjoy visiting grant beneficiaries and possible grant beneficiaries but this will only be done if the Trustee feel it necessary.
The Trustees are grateful for the many invitations they receive to events held by our grant beneficiaries, but they can only accept a few of these each year.

Bursary scheme for students moving to University

The scheme provides financial assistance to students entering further education at university. Financial assistance will be given for the 3 academic years that the student is attending their course. The scheme has been established to “promote success” by selecting appropriate schools and recipients.     

The school’s suitability will be assessed by the Trustee as part of the application process. The onus will be on the school to present suitable candidates for the education award. The application will need to fully outline why the school believes they have suitable candidates for the reward scheme.

A selection panel should be established, and the panel should contain at least one member of the school’s senior leadership team and the Chair or Vice Chair of the Local Governing Body. The panel should comprise of no less than 3 members.

The selection panel should use its knowledge of students’ backgrounds and aspirations to identify suitable candidates.  In identifying candidates, the selection panel should have regard to:

    • The circumstances of each candidate.
    • The motivation and determination of the candidate to succeed.
    • The candidates’ ability to set and achieve both personal and educational target related to their chosen area of study.
    • The contribution the candidates have made to life of their peers and the school community as a whole.
    • The candidates’ potential as roles models to motivate those who follow them into the school.

The school must fall into the Trust’s area which is outlined in detail in the map below but covers parts of or all of the West Midland, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire.


The Trustees will not consider applications for support from individuals.

Applicants may apply once a year.

This would be a retrospective grant application and it is the general policy of the Trustees not to give retrospective grants.

Yes national charities or branches of national charities may apply, but they should take particular care to evidence the benefit of their work to people living in the Trust’s funding area.

It is the policy of The Rowlands Trust that it will not fund CICs or social enterprises.

Schools or school parent teacher association (if a registered charity) can apply as long as the Trust’s criteria are met.

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