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 lots of times to different people. Our grants team will work with you on your application and help with queries along the way.

Whether you're new to the charity or you have just submitted an online enquiry form, the below information will hopefully answer any questions you might have about our application process.  

How do I apply?

You'll need to read through the steps in our online enquiry journey, to make sure we are the right charity for you. If you're sure you meet all our criteria points, you'll be able to complete an enquiry form in Step 5. 

Start your enquiry journey now


Completed your enquiry form? What next?

Once you have submitted your online enquiry form, our grants team will review the information you have provided and assess if we think we are the right charity for your family.

If we think we can help your family, we will send you an application form (usually within 14 days of receiving your enquiry).

We may have some further questions about your enquiry form, so please keep an eye on your email (including your junk box). We will always reply to you, even if we don't think we are the right charity for your family. 


Haven't received an enquiry form? What next?

Even if we don't think we are the right charity for your family, we will always try and signpost to others who might be able to help. A great place to start is our useful links page, which has a lists of other great UK charity's we typically refer families to. 


Received an application form? What next?

Once we have sent you an application form, by email and post, you will need to set aside some time to complete it. You will need to provide some of the same information as you did in the enquiry form (just so we can check we have it noted correctly) plus additional informaiton, such as details of income and expenditure. 

Please note: our grants are not means tested, but the more information you can provide us about your financial situation, the easier it will be for our grants team to assess your application. The more information you can give, the better it will be for your application request. 

You will also need to provide some supporting documents, these are detailed on the application form, but it's good for you to start gathering these as soon as you can.  

You will need to send us photocopies of  the following documents: 

  • A copy of your most recent payslip from your fashion and textile employer

  • A copy of your P60 from the previous tax year of EITHER your application date OR the final year of your employment in fashion and textiles (whichever is relevant)

    If you don't have access to both of the above document, we provide details of how you can source these from HMRC in your application form. 

  • Photocopies of a recent bank statement (no older than two months) showing a child benefit payment into your account and clearly displaying your details. 

TIP: To keep the process quick and simple, please return ALL application documents at the same time. 


Returned you application form? What next?

Once you have returned all your application documents, we will confirm whether we have everything we need and our grants team will review your request.

Again, please keep an eye on your email at this time, because the grants team will email any questions hey might have. 

Our grants team will then get in touch as soon as we have reached a decision about your grant request.


Got more questions?

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

If you're still unsure, please contact our grants team on 0300 123 9002*

*Calls to 03 numbers cost no more than your standard call rate and should be included in free minute packages from mobiles. 


Returning your receipts

If you successfully receive a grant from FTCT you will need to provide original receipts for all good’s purchased with your grant funding.

If receipts cannot be produced upon request (usually within 30 days of you receiving payment), this may result in your family being unable to reapply for a future grant. We may also 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.