Our grants help the children of UK fashion and textile families who are struggling financially.  It's why our charity was founded back in 1853.

If you are struggling financially as a result coronavirus, please visit our coronavirus support page.

Who can apply?

To apply for an FTCT grant, one parent must work OR have recently worked in the UK fashion and textile industry, for at least one year within the last nine years. Find out more about our trade criteria below. 

If this describes your situation and you would like to apply for a grant, please click on the green button at the end of this page, for information about when we help. 

Our trade criteria

To be able to apply for one of our grants, you must fit into the criteria points below:

  • You must work or have previously worked in the UK fashion and textile industry for at least one year, within the last nine years. See the list below for examples. 

  • This work must have been paid

  • Sole traders, self employed or sub contracted staff might also be able to apply

  • Your children must be aged between 0-18 years

Not sure what we mean by fashion and textiles? Take a look at the images below to see if any describe your recent employers. Or, check this list of companies and job titles which meet our criteria.


Sure you have worked in fashion and textiles and want to apply? Click through to the next step, to see when we would help.    

 Next: When we help            

Don't work in fashion and textiles, what next?

If you're sure you have never worked in UK fashion or textiles, unfortunately we won't be the right charity for you. Try this list of other charities who might be able to help your family.  

Not sure?

If you're not sure your job qualifies as fashion and textiles it’s always better to give us a call and check. Please email our grants team on [email protected]