We're a small charity that helps children of parents or carers who work in UK fashion and textiles. Getting help from FTCT is really simple- all you need to do is just give us a call.

Call us on 0300 123 9002 or email grants@ftct.org.uk

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An FTCT grant is financial support towards the cost of an item for your child (aged 0-18 years). It is not a loan and there is no need to repay us. It’s our job to help families like yours. It’s why our charity was founded, back in 1853.

Grants are available in varying amounts, starting at £250 with no upper limit. They can also be offered as one-off or ongoing payments, whichever suits your needs.

Here’s some of the items FTCT grants typically fund:

List-of-specialist-items*Applications for support with school fees will be considered in exceptional circumstances (where there is no state support or alternative).

PLEASE NOTE: Regrettably we cannot fund childcare. 

Who can apply?

  • The parent or full-time carer of a child aged between 0-18 years 
  • Currently or recently employed (since 2007) in the UK fashion and textile industry, for at least one year

To see if your job falls under ‘fashion and textiles’ click here

PLEASE NOTE: Before you give us a call, make sure you can prove that you or your partner worked for at least one year (within the last 9 years) in the UK fashion or textile industry. Check if your job fits our criteria, here> 

Melina and Danny’s story

Melina runs her own Pwomenswear label and is Mum to Danny. Business was increasingly tough and money was tight for the family.  After meeting FTCT at the trade show Pure London, Melina applied for a grant towards bedroom furniture and clothing for Danny.

Read Melina and Danny’s story here » 

Interested in applying? Find out more using these handy links:

Who can apply?
The application process
How to make an enquiry
Families we have helped