What is a grant?

A grant is a financial donation which doesn't have to be repaid. It must be used to buy essential items which impact your child's health and well being.  

I have worked for more than one year, but at different companies. Can I still apply?

Yes, but you will need to supply evidence of each employment in the form of payslips and any documents which show the length of your employment e.g. P60/P45 for each fashion and textile company.

I don't work in the industry anymore, can I still apply?

If your employment in fashion and textiles was for 1+ years within the last 9 years you can still apply for a grant. This means, the start of your employment must have been within the 9 year period and the following 1+ years thereafter. 

You will need to provide supporting documents during the application process to evidence this employment, in the form of payslips and P60's. Other supporting documents may be required, subject to the grant request.

I am self employed,can I apply?

If you are self-employed or run your own fashion and textile business you can still apply.

We advise any self-employed parents to contact our grants team before filling in an online enquiry form. We may require further information from you to confirm your self-employment status.

I don't work in fashion or textile, what next?

If you have never worked in UK fashion and textiles, unfortunately we won't be the right charity for your family. But there are other charities who might be able to help

If you're not sure your job qualifies as fashion and textiles please contact our grants team  on 0300 123 9002 for further advice.

I am on maternity leave, can I still apply?

As long as you have been 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. Find out more about when we help.

I am expecting a child, can I apply before they are born?

No, you will have to wait until your child is born so that you can provide their name, date of birth and child benefit proof with your application.

Is there an age restriction for the child I am applying for? 

We support children aged 0-18 years. If your child is 18, you can still apply, as long as they are still 18 on the date we receive your application. 

What benefits do I need to receive?

The only mandatory benefit we ask for is child benefit. However, we do ask for other income and expenditure details on our application form. 

The child's father works in the industry but the mother claims child benefit, can we still apply?

If the father and mother live together and can provide us with a child benefit letter with the same address, yes the father can still apply.

If you are separated from your partner, both parents would need to consent and contribute towards the application.

The employee/ex-employee should email proof of employment P60/P45, etc. to the mother/CB claimant.

The mother/CB claimant should then complete the application form and provide all supporting evidence PLUS a covering email/letter clarifying her consent as the parent of the child

This letter should include the child's name and date of birth.

Can carers and grandparents apply?

The person working in fashion and textiles must also be the primary carer for the child who needs a grant.  

Example: a grandparent or family member can apply if they have parental responsibility for the child. This could be due to parental absence, ill-health or another reason.

You must be able to prove your status as registered carer for the child with supporting evidence. This could be a supporting letter from a professional working with the family, e.g. social worker or doctor.  

This does not apply for babysitters or family who provide general childcare. 

Can I apply for a laptop for my child?

We can fund laptops for children aged between 14-18 years, if there is no laptop or computer at home and your child is having to stay behind at school to complete their studies. 

If your child is under the age of 14 years and needs a laptop to support additional learning needs, we require a supporting letter from a professional working with your child, e.g. support worker, special educational support to explain why a laptop is necessary for them.  

There is a capped amount of £300 for laptop grants.

Can I apply for a grant towards childcare costs?

No, regrettably we cannot fund childcare costs. This includes after school clubs and holiday clubs. Please also check the list of items we can't fund. 

My child is completing a paid apprenticeship so I don't receive child benefit, can i still apply?

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*

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