Picture of a grandfather carrying his grandson on his shoulders in a sunny park.

Our Kinship Care grants grants help families who are raising children of relatives or friends. Grants can help to cover set-up costs for the children or support with ongoing health and wellbeing needs. 

To apply for an FTCT grant, one carer/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

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 check with us first, email our grants team.

What we fund

Our grants fund items which are essential to a child's health and wellbeing. Families applying for a kinship carer grant are encouraged to apply for either essential household items to cover start-up costs or ongoing items the children may need to support their needs, for example:

  • Children's bedroom furniture, e.g. beds, bedding, clothes storage furniture (chest of drawers)
  • Children's soft furnishings, e.g. curtains/blinds, rugs. Please note, we typically do not fund carpets or other flooring
  • Essential clothing, this includes, seasonal clothing and school uniform and PE kit.
  • Baby essentials, e.g. highchairs, safety gates and cots
  • Other essential household items e.g. a bigger fridge or larger capacity washing machine. All items will be considered at the discretion of the grants team

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

Specialist support:

If you are caring for children with additional health or psychological needs, we can provide funding for specialist items and therapy to meet their needs, these include:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychotherapy (e.g.talking therapies or counselling)
  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Mobility equipment
  • Specialist items
  • Sensory items
  • Adapted seating

Make an enquiry

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

Make an enquiry   

Gordon's Story

"All our savings had gone, because Andrea had to give up work once we took over caring for the boys, so we have just been managing on my wage. With the drop in income and five extra mouths to feed, something had to give." 

Find out how a kinship grant helped Gordon and his family. Read Gordon's story here.