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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Application process

Don’t worry if you are feeling nervous or apprehensive about applying. We’re a small and friendly team, so you won’t need to explain your situation hundreds of times to different people. Our grants team will work with you on your application and help with queries along the way.

“I was extremely nervous calling FTCT at first because it felt quite daunting to ask for help and assistance.  However, I had to think of my son and put his needs first. I just picked up the phone and I’m so happy that I did.” Monica, Mum of Seth, self-employed fashion designer

How do I apply?

PLEASE NOTE: Before you make an enquiry, please 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> 

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

STEP 2: If we think we can help your family, we will send you an application form (ususally within 14 days of recieveing your enquiry) – by post or email, whichever’s easiest.

STEP 3: Once you have filled in the form, please return it by email or post with photocopies of THREE more documents…

  1. A copy of your P45 or recent payslip (dated 2016)
  2. 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).
  3. Photocopies of a Child Benefit letter or a recent bank statement showing payment into your account.

* If you are applying for more than £750, we will ask you to provide additional supporting evidence, listed here> 


TIP: To keep the process quick and simple, please return ALL application documents at the same time, preferably by email to grants@ftct.org.uk.

Is there a deadline for applications?
There is no deadline to complete an application, so take your time. However, please note that your application can only be considered from the date we receive your completed application form, not the date you first contacted us.

What happens next?

Once we receive ALL your application documents we will send you an email within 14 days, to confirm next steps.

We will let you know at this stage if anything is missing from your application or we need anything else to support your application. You will need to provide this within the given time frame, before we can move your application forward.

PLEASE NOTE: We are currently experiencing a high volume of applications, largely due to the BHS closures, so are working through applications in date order. We really appreciate your patience during this process.

If you successfully receive a grant from FTCT you will need to provide original receipts for all good’s purchased, using the funding. If receipts cannot be produced upon request (usually within 30days of you receiving payment), we may ask for the grant money to repaid.

If you have any more questions, please check our FAQ section , to see if you can find your answer there, before contacting us.

Here’s how an FTCT g
rant helped Lisa, Lisa Cameo and CaroneCarone and Cameo.

Twin boys, Carone and Cameo (11) live with their mother Lisa who works for Topshop. Soon to start secondary school, Lisa contacted the Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust (FTCT) for help to purchase new school uniforms and PE kits for the boys.

Read more about Carone, Cameo and Lisa » 



We hope that this explains our process, but if you have any questions or would like to get the ball rolling, please call us on 0300-123-9002 or fill in our enquiry form>


If you would like more information about us before getting in touch, see our handy links below:

What we mean by fashion and textiles

Who can apply?

Families we have helped 

Supporting evidence