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 don’t have to repay. Just spend it on the items agreed with our grants team and return the original receipts to us.

We are experiencing high demand for our grants and will review all enquiries in date order. Your enquiry is very important to us and we thank you in advance for your patience.

If you’re thinking of applying for an FTCT grant, please read on.

Who can apply?

To apply for an FTCT grant, you must: 

  • Work or have recently worked for at least one year (within the last 9 years) in the UK fashion and textile industry* 
  • Be the parent or full-time carer of a child (aged 0-18years)

*To see if your job falls under ‘fashion and textiles’ click here. To apply, you must be able to provide us with a P45 or P60 for 2009 onwards.

Please visit our FAQ page for more information about our application process.

What we fund

Our grants fund essential items for children aged 0-18 years. Here are 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Regrettably we cannot fund childcare or home repairs. 

Here’s how our enquiry process works:

We are currently accepting enquiries for grants, but please note, there is currently a high demand. We thank you in advance for your patience.

If you’re thinking of applying for an FTCT grant, we encourage you to apply for everything your child needs for the year ahead, such as school uniform, clothing, bedding or other essential items.

STEP 1: Fill in an online enquiry form, explaining where you worked in fashion and textiles and everything you need funding for.

STEP 2: Once you click the SEND ENQUIRY button, your form will go into our enquiry queue. We deal with all enquiries (including second applications) in date order, to make it fair for all our families.

STEP 3: Look out for an email from the grants team (usually within 14 working days of clicking SEND ENQUIRY) to advise what we could likely fund and the correct application form for you to fill in.


All completed enquiry forms will be assessed in date order. 

Making a second application?

If you have already received an FTCT grant, you can apply for a second grant six months after the date of the original award letter. Please make sure you have returned all your original receipts from the first grant, before enquiring about a second grant. All receipts can be returned by email to grants@ftct.org.uk. 

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?

Yes, but you can only apply for a second small grant 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. 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.

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.