A group of primary school children in white polo shirts and grey skirts and trousers stand in front of their classroom board smiling at the camera.

Our grants can help families who are struggling to afford the cost of school uniform and study essentials for their children (aged 18 years and under) from early years to secondary, sixth form and vocational college too.  

To apply for an FTCT grant, one parent must work OR have recently worked for a UK fashion or textile company. This work must have been for at least one year within the last nine years. The person applying must also claim child benefit for the child who needs a grant. Find out more about our trade criteria

If you're not sure whether your job qualifies as fashion or textiles it’s always better to check with us before applying. You can contact our grants team by email [email protected]

What we fund

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We encourage families to think about what their children will need for the school year ahead, such as:

  • School Uniform (including nurseries which require uniform)
  • PE Kit
  • Footwear
  • Sixth Form Clothing (e.g. general clothing and/or if formal attire is required)
  • College Clothing (e.g. specialist clothing for vocational courses)
  • General clothing for all children aged 0-18 years
  • Study Essentials (e.g. schoolbag, stationery, books, etc)
  • Course equipment (e.g to support vocational courses)
  • Laptop for homework (if they are in secondary education and have no access to a home computer)
  • Tablets for homeschooling (if they are in primary school education and have no access to a home computer) 
  • Specialist educational tools: If your child has additional educational needs and could benefit form specialist educational tools we can support with this too.  Find out more

Please note: we do have capped amounts for most items. Amounts awarded are at the discretion of the charity. 

What we can't fund

There are some items which we cannot fund, including:

  • Laptops for children under 11 years, unless they have a diagnosed specialist educational need 
  • Travel costs
  • School trips 
  • Tuition Fees
  • School Fees

Make an enquiry

If you would like to apply for a grant, the first step is to complete our enquiry form using the button below. 

Please try to submit your application with all supporting documents as soon as you can to allow enough time to process your application before the start of the new school term. 


Make an enquiry   

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.