Get help Help FAQs I am on maternity leave, can I still apply? As long as you were employed in the UK fashion or textile industry for at least one year within the last nine years, you can still apply. PLEASE NOTE: you cannot apply for a grant until your child has been born. This is because you will need to include their name, date of birth and child benefit proof with your application. You can apply for an older sibling, while still pregnant, as long as you meet our other criteria.