Supporting families since 1853


The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) was founded over 150 years ago to support children whose parents or carers work in the UK fashion and textile industry.

By providing grants to support all aspects of their education and wellbeing we support hundreds of children every year.

To find out more, visit our grants section, see which Fashion and textile job roles are covered and make an enquiry. Our grants coordinator will be happy to help.


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What kind of help do we provide?


Our grants can provide access to education through funding for extra tuition, learning support or school necessities, in addition to essential items, like clothing, bedding and shoes.

To hear how FTCT grants have helped families in your industry, visit our success stories page.

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We are keen to work with UK fashion and textile companies up and down the country, to raise awareness of how FTCT grants can help the children of employees across the industry.

Read how companies have already begun promoting FTCT to their staff and meet the children they enabled us to help, by clicking here

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What people say...

“It felt like a life line-It has made me feel I am part of a community… I am truly grateful to be given the opportunity to survive.”

Mum of William


“I can’t describe the relief you’ve given me and my family. Thanks to you and your team and everyone who supports FTCT, Emma has a bright future again. I can’t stop smiling – except when I’m crying.”

Dad of Emma