About Us

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust was established in 1978 by Sir Roger De Haan CBE DL, former Chairman of Saga Group, and his late father Sidney, Saga’s founder. The Trust’s original aim was to support charities and community groups in and around the Folkestone area, where most of Saga’s employees were based.

The Trust continues to offer financial support to a variety of charities and community organisations, with donations that can vary from relatively modest grants for community projects to much more substantial support for capital projects. In many cases the Trust is also able to offer advice and access to professional expertise. This is designed to help grant applicants to realise and manage their projects in a practical and cost effective manner.

One of the Trust’s biggest achievements has been to stimulate the regeneration of Folkestone’s old town area as a “Creative Quarter”. Buildings that have been neglected for many years are purchased and refurbished to a high standard. They are then assigned on 125 year peppercorn rent leases to the independent charity Creative Folkestone, whose remit is to let and manage the properties for the benefit of artists and others working in creative industries.

The Trust is also giving considerable support to sport and recreation projects in the area, mainly through grants to enable development and improvements to facilities managed by local sports clubs.

This website is intended to provide a guide to the work of the Trust and to help inform those who are considering making an application. Please take time to consider the information provided here, as we hope it will help applicants to determine whether or not an application is likely to meet the Trust’s charitable objectives, and if so what information is needed to support an application.

The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust is a registered charity no 276274. A full financial report and accounts are available at the website of the Charity Commission: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/find-charities/