Grants for essential appliances If you're looking for funding towards white goods or essential household items, please read the following information to see if you could apply for one of our grants. To apply, You must be a parent or carer who works, or has previously worked in the UK fashion and textile industry- for at least one year, within the last nine years. Why fashion and textiles? It's because our charity was founded in 1853 by textile merchants, to support the children of UK fashion and textile families who are struggling financially. Your children must be aged between 0-18 years You must be facing financial difficulties which are preventing you from funding the requested items yourself (eg. Arrears, debt or do not have access to savings). Please continue to read this page and check we are the right charity for you. The link to our enquiry form is at the end. What we mean by fashion and textiles Fashion and textiles is a broad industry, covering many businesses like those pictured below. To see if you could apply, please check this page for more information about our trade criteria. Your financial situation Our grants are here to support families when they are struggling financially and can't afford to buy essential items for their children. This could be because of an unexpected change in your circumstances or a sudden gap in income. No two cases are the same, but parents who apply to us are usually facing one of the following situations: You are in arrears with your household bills, have debt issues or have no access to savings You are caring for a child or family member with ill health or additional needs You have been made redundant Your employer has reduced your contracted hours of work You have recently suffered a relationship breakdown, separation or divorce You are signed off work sick or have a long term illness you are facing homelessness or have recently had to move home You are a kinship carer You have suffered the bereavement of a close family member What we fund Our grants are here to fund essential items to support a child's health and wellbeing, such as a proper bed to sleep in, a working cooker for hot meals, a working washing machine for clean clothes or a school uniform that fits. We can also fund mobility equipment, sensory toys or educational support for children with a disability or additional needs. Read more. There are some things we can't fund, such as childcare costs, house repairs and bill repayments. Before making an enquiry, please check the full list of what we can't fund. Make an enquiry Life can be very difficult at times, but the grant really has made my life a little easier. I can't express how grateful I am. Read Vicky's story. 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.