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 that you can put towards an essential item for your child (aged 0-18 years).  You don’t have to repay it, just spend it on the items agreed with the grants team and send FTCT the original receipts.

We currently have funding available for grants to the value of £750 upwards. This could be for significant essential item costs or additional support for a child with a disability or additional needs.

Due to a very high demand, our small grants programme is currently paused. Small grant funding for essential items between £250-£750 will re-open on 1st April 2017.

No two situations are the same, so all applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. Here are just some examples of the items FTCT grants can help to fund:

Essential household items like a washing machine, fridge, or children’s bedding (bed, mattress and sheets) can also be considered, in some cases.

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 2008) in the UK fashion and textile industry, for at least one year

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

NOTE: Additional supporting evidence of need may be required for certain items. As a condition of the grant, item receipts (original) must be returned to FTCT within one month of payment receipt, to demonstrate the full funding amount has been spent as agreed. Any unused funding, or funding used to buy items not agreed in the terms of the grant award letter, will need to be reimbursed to the charity.

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

Some additional information if you would like to apply for an FTCT grant

Q: How long will it take to process my application?

A: Each case is different, so we can’t commit to timelines at the enquiry stage. Once we have worked through the initial application stage and have confirmed that all supporting documents have been gathered, it will be easier for us to discuss possible processing timelines, with you.

Please double check you have sent in all the requested documents, as detailed here. We can only consider applications once all documents are returned.

Q: What if I am applying to other charities for funding at the same time?

A: We will always consider match funding too, so if you are approaching other charities, please make that clear and also tell us how much the other charity has pledged or offered to support with.

Q: Can I apply for a second grant?

Due to high demand for our small grants, we can currently only look at a second small grant application six months after the date of the original award letter, subject to all original item receipts having been returned, to demonstrate the full amount of funding has been spent. We will re-open funding for school uniform and other essential items on 1st April 2017, so if this falls six months after your first grant and you have returned your receipts, please get in touch to see if we can help with a further grant.

If your child has additional learning or medical needs, we may be able to help with further funding earlier than the six month period. Please fill in an online enquiry form with full details about your child’s needs including the items you would like support for and we will consider your request.

Helpful links:
The application process
Families we have helped

If you have any further queries, you may want to check our FAQ pages for more commonly asked questions.