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Interested in the Charing Palace Project and want to keep up to date with our progress? Then why not become a friend and join our mailing list by completing the form below?

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Make a Donation, Gift or Pledge

Your gift will make a real difference to what we can achieve.

With a project of our size, requiring many millions of pounds to deliver, we will necessarily be taking the broadest possible approach to fundraising.

We will be seeking major financial support for aspects of the project from grant-awarding bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund, approaching philanthropic foundations concerned with the preservation of built heritage and businesses with ties to Kent and concern for the community.

However, achieving such levels of support requires the development of detailed bids that take time and a cost of creation and will often require us to prove wider public support and enthusiasm for our cause. Making a donation will help us to show how highly our project is valued and fund the day-to-day operation and financial resilience of our Trust.

By making a donation you will be helping the Charing Palace Trust in our quest to acquire, restore and revive the Palace complex’s former Great Hall, fund the development of our bids to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other potential major funders, provide us with match funding to unlock further grants, and help us cover legal and insurance costs associated with the day-to-day management of the Trust.

All monies will be put directly to the project. None of our Trustees or volunteers receive any payment other than the reimbursement of directly incurred expenses at cost. We all do it for love and commitment to the cause.

Your donations will also contribute to our education programme – helping us to make the Palace’s story and significance better known and inspire the next generation in its history, heritage and archaeology.

Time is one thing that’s against us in being able to secure the future of the Great Hall and your support will enable us to move faster in achieving our objectives.

You don’t even have to make a donation now. You can pledge a donation contingent on our Trust achieving a particular milestone in the project – such as Spitalfields Trust agreeing to work with us in the renovation of the Palace complex. This will be particularly valuable when we look to fund the cost of acquisition of the Great Hall and the associated land we seek. Please contact us if this would be of interest to you.


Our chosen method of receiving public donations is PayPal. PayPal offers charities like ours a low-cost way to collect donations, via PayPal accounts or by credit and debit cards. The donate button, located throughout our site, links to PayPal Donate and you simply need to click on it to make a donation and become part of our project.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer and donate to the Charing Palace Trust we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 that you give.

If you wish us to benefit from Gift Aid on a donation you make via the donate buttons on this website or our Facebook page you will be able to do this by responding to the donation receipt you receive from the PayPal Giving Fund.

If you are making a donation by cheque and would like us to claim Gift Aid on your donation to increase its value to us by 25%, all you need to do is complete one of the forms that can be downloaded below and return this with your donation to our registered address shown at the bottom of the form.

If you wish to find out more about Gift Aid please see this overview.

Gift Aid Form – single donation
Gift Aid Form – multiple donations

The Charing Palace Trust is a charity for tax purposes in line with Paragraph 1 of Schedule 6 Finance Act 2010.

HMRC Charities reference number EW79081

Major Gifts, Pledges and Legacies

If, like us, you are enthused by the Charing Palace Project and are in a position to make or pledge a major contribution to our cause, please contact us to discuss how best we can recognise your support.

The part played by everyone making a donation will be recorded and recognised in the formal history of the project.

Please note that if for any reason we are unsuccessful in purchasing the Archbishop’s Palace complex and the Charing Palace Project is therefore unable to proceed, any funds collected will be given to another charitable heritage project or projects in Kent to assist them to succeed in their endeavours, unless otherwise expressly agreed with you.


Why not become part of the Charing Palace Project and help us save a valuable piece of England’s heritage?

Joining our team you will make new friends, be active – putting your skills and experience to a great cause and developing new capabilities – and be able to take satisfaction from being part of the Palace’s restoration and revival.

The Charing Palace Project relies heavily on our volunteers. As our project develops it will become necessary to employ the expertise of heritage professionals but at our core there will always be a volunteer ethos.

Every current participant in the Charing Palace Project is a volunteer who is giving their time and experience to the project because they believe in its importance: seeing it as the most effective way to save this highly endangered heritage asset and to ensure its long-term sustainability and its continuing enjoyment by future generations.

As our project moves ahead we will need more people to get involved and join our project development team, working groups and advisory panel. The roles available to you as a volunteer can be tailored to your particular skills, interests and circumstances.

We are currently seeking people to join our working and advisory groups with experience in:

  • Project management
  • Fundraising
  • Developing major grant proposals
  • Education
  • Surveying
  • Conservation architecture
  • Historical research

If you can see yourself becoming part of this exciting enterprise, please contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

We are looking to build relationships with companies that have the capacity to become directly involved in our project and are seeking to find new ways either to enrich the experience of their employees or become more closely involved in the Kent community.

As a corporate sponsor we can offer you the opportunity to become part of a community initiative that has the capacity to excite public imagination and attract media attention over a number of years.

In return we are looking for support from you in the form of, as appropriate, project funding, the provision of goods and services or the direct secondment of your personnel to our project team to assist us in specific areas of our project plan.

To learn how your organisation could benefit by involvement with the Charing Palace Project, please contact us.


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