Get help About our grants Grants for single parent families Our grants can help single parents and carers who have worked for a clothing retailer, fashion or textile company or supermarket chain which sells clothing. If you're finding it difficult to make ends meet due to rising energy bills and reductions to your Universal Credit, our grants could help. We can fund items for your children such as clothing, bedding and essential household items. Please read on to find out if you could apply and what we can fund. There is a link to our enquiry form at the end of this page. We're sorry but we can't fund household bills, food costs or replace lost income.If you need help with household bills read more here about the support you can access from the government, suppliers and more. Who can apply? To apply you must have 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. Our criteria covers a broad range of businesses such as: Supermarkets which sell clothing, e.g. ASDA, Tesco, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, etc. Clothing/footwear/bridalwear companies Textile companies Laundry/ dry cleaning companies Fashion logistics companies Soft furnishing/carpet companiesAnd many more. It doesn't matter where you've worked in a fashion or textile business, from store, to head office and distribution. As long as the work was paid, for at least a year and your end date was within the last nine years, you could apply. Barbara and Jake's Story Barbara and her son Jake received a grant for appliances and new clothing for Jake. Barbara used to work for the high street retailer Bonmarche and heard about FTCT through Facebook. Here, Barbara talks about their experience of applying for and receiving their grant. Read their story. When we can help your family Our grants typically help single parent families who are already struggling financially (in arrears on your household bills or have debt) You might also want to apply if your income has recently been affected in any of the following ways: Redundancy Long term furlough or reduced income Have been made to take unpaid leave to care for your children Have lost self employed income Have to self isolate and are not entitled to sick pay or your employer can't/won't pay it Struggling to cope with rising bills Struggling to cope with reduced Universal Credit There are many other ways single parent families are being affected at this time, so if you are experiencing hardship in other ways, please read on. What we fund We encourage single parents and carers to apply for items your children will need for the year ahead, including: Essential clothing, e.g. seasonal clothing and school uniform and PE kit Baby clothing, equipment or bedding Children's bedroom furniture, e.g. beds, bedding, clothes storage furniture (chest of drawers) Essential Appliances, e.g. replacing a broken appliance such as fridge/freezer, washing machine, cooker/oven Specialist items for children with additional needs, e.g. sensory toys, adaptive clothing or SEN adapted computers Depending on your situation, we also offer a number of grant programmes such as: Rehousing grants Kinship carers grants Therapy grants Specialist equipment grants Grants for when a parent is ill Make an enquiry If you would like to apply for funding for any of the items listed above, the first step is to complete our online enquiry form. Click on the button below, to proceed to the next page. Make an enquiry Useful links If you don't think you meet our criteria, here are some other charities you could try. Turn 2 Us Turn 2 Us is an online search portal where you can search for charities who may be able to help you depending on your circumstances. Children in need Children in need is offer grants to help UK children with essential items. Family Fund Family Fund is the UK’s largest charity providing grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people.