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

Funding for additional support

 

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This page is for families seeking funding ranging from £750 upwards, typically for
larger items including, mobility equipment, sensory toys, specialist clothing, learning tools or school travel costs.

If you are seeking funding for essential items costing between £250-£750, please visit our main grants page>

As with all our grants, to apply you must:

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

*To find out if your current or recent job fits into fashion or textiles, click here to download an eligibility info sheet.

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What items can we fund?

No two families are the same, so each grant is tailored to suit your needs. To help get you started, here’s a handy list of specialist items we have previously funded:

We can offer grants in one-off, or on-going amounts. We can also offer part payment if you are approaching other charities at the same time.

 


 

Here’s how an FTCT grant helped Archie’s family:
Archie’s Dad Steve works for the IMG_1036fashion brand, Lands’ End. After hearing about FTCT through a colleague, Steve and his wife Leanne successfully applied for £2,000 towards a P-Pod seating system for Archie, along with a tray and sun canopy/raincover for his wheelchair. The grant even stretched to new beds and drawers for Archie’s siblings Teddy, Gracie and Pheobie.
Read more here>


How to apply?

We are a small and friendly team of five, so you won’t have to explain your situation too many times!

STEP 1: Give us a call on 0300-123-9002 or fill in our online enquiry form to tell us briefly about your situation and what you would like funding for.

It is really important you fill in all the fields on the form, so we can reply with accurate next steps.

What happens next?

We will contact you by email to discuss next steps, usually within 14 days from the date of initial enquiry.

To make sure we can give adequate time to all our families, all enquiries and applications are processed in date order. We appreciate your patience during this time.

 If you haven’t received a response from us within 14 days of sending your enquiry, please check your junk folder, before giving us a call.

In the meantime, you could start gathering the following information to support your application:

  • A copy of your P45 or recent payslip (dated 2016)
  • A copy of your P60 for 2014/2015 or a letter from employer confirming the length or your employment (must be at least one year).
  • Photocopies of a Child Benefit letter or a recent bank statement showing payment into your account.
  • AT LEAST ONE OF THE FOLLOWING: Photocopies of a Tax Credit/Working Tax Credit/Disability Benefit letter or a recent bank statement showing payment into your account.


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.

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

Helpful links:

The application process
Families we have helped
FAQ’s

Q: How much am I entitled to?

A:Our grants are discretionary ie they are not an entitlement. As a charity, each grant will be assessed on a case by case basis, to ensure that the application meets our grant criteria. We will always signpost you to a charity who might be able to help.