What is a grant and how could it help your family?

Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Posted in Blog

The Fashion & Textile Children’s Trust exists to give financial support to families who work or recently worked in the UK fashion and textile industry. FTCT grants can provide practical help during a tough financial spot. But what is a grant? And how could it help you?

What is an FTCT grant and how could it help your family?

A grant is a financial donation that you don’t have to repay.  The grant must be used to buy items for your children (0-18 years), such as essential clothing or school uniform. 

Grants start at £250 per child and can provide practical help during a tough financial spot. From buying school uniform, bedding or shoes, to specialist mobility equipment, FTCT grants help hundreds of families working in the UK fashion and textile industry, every year. Read some of their success stories, here>

Here’s some more examples of the items we typically fund:


Do I have to pay it back?

No. There is absolutely no need to pay the grant back.

The grant does come with some conditions. We always ask families to provide us with original receipts as proof of purchase. A process which most of our parents find very reassuring.

We also have an eligibility criteria, which mainly focuses on a trade connection to the fashion and textile industry. This means, recent employees of either BHS or Austin Reed can apply.

Where’s the catch?

With Payday Loan companies and money lenders promising seemingly easy money before whacking you with obscene interest rates, we can understand why many people would feel sceptical. But it’s our job to help families like yours. It’s why our charity was founded, back in 1853.

Every year, FTCT benefits hundreds of UK families when they’re experiencing difficult times.Read some of their success stories, here>

How can I apply?

With one simple form to fill in, getting help from FTCT is quick and easy, leaving you to get on with family life.

To apply, you must:

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

We are a small and friendly team, so you won’t need to explain your situation a hundreds of times to different people. Find out what information we need to support your application, here>

To find out more, call the FTCT team today on 0300 123 9002.

Or fill in our online enquiry form>

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