colwinston charitable trust


Sinfonia Cymru

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 working predominantly in the areas of Opera, Music 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.

More recently, additional royalties from the Diamond Anniversary UK tour of the play has increased the Trust’s capacity to make a limited number of larger strategic grants available to arts organisations in Wales.

The four Trustees are:

Mr Mathew C T Prichard CBE (Chairman)
Mr Martin P Tinney
Mr Robert J Maskrey OBE
Ms Sian Ll Williams

The trustees meet twice yearly, early in May and 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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