Our grants can help families who are struggling to afford the cost of clothing and study essentials for children aged up to 18, including early years, primary and secondary, as well as sixth form and vocational college. 

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

If you think this might apply to your family, please read on for more information about what we can fund

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

What we fund

Our grants fund items which are essential to a child's health and wellbeing, which includes school uniform and study essentials.  We encourage families to think about the year ahead and apply for everything their child needs today and also in the coming months, for example:

  • School Uniform (including for children attending nurseries which require uniform)
  • PE Kit
  • Footwear
  • Sixth Form Clothing (e.g. if formal attire is required)
  • College Clothing (including 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 (note, children must be aged 14 and over to apply for laptops)
  • 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 14 years, unless they have a diagnosed specialist educational need 
  • Travel costs
  • School trips 

Make an enquiry

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

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.