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Our grants can help parents and carers with the financial strain of being temporarily laid-off or put on short-time/reduced working hours, by covering the cost of essential items for children in the family.

Whilst we can't help with topping up wages or paying for household bills, we can relieve the pressure by funding other items such as school uniform, clothing and essential footwear for the year ahead.

To apply for an FTCT grant, one parent/carer 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

The person whose employment has been affected does not need to work in fashion or textiles, provided the other parent meets our trade criteria. 

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

NOTE: If you do not receive full pay during lay-offs and short-time working, you may be entitled to guarantee pay from the government. The Citizen's Advice Bureau have helpful information about this subject.

When we can help your family

If you or your partner are facing reduced hours and are worried about the financial strain it will put on your family, an FTCT grant could help. 

Our grants fund essential items for your children such as school uniform and clothing for the year ahead. We can also  or essential household items, such as white-goods or children's bedroom furniture, if they are broken or unsuitable. 

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.

You might want to apply for a grant if:

  • You are already struggling financially (in arrears on your household bills or have debt)
    OR
  • You have limited access to savings to cover your future loss of earnings

What we fund

We encourage parents and carers to apply for items your children will need for the year ahead.

These might be items you were planning to buy, but now can't due to lost wages, including: 

  • Essential clothing, e.g. seasonal clothing and school uniform and PE kit
  • Baby essentials, e.g. clothing or equipment
  • Children's bedroom furniture, e.g. beds, bedding, clothes storage furniture (chest of drawers)
  • Essential White Goods, 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

All items will be considered at the discretion of the grants team.

Depending on your situation, we also offer a number of grants programmes such as:

What we can't fund

We know this is a worrying time and your most pressing concern is likely to be your household bills, regular payments.

Unfortunately we can't fund household bills, arrears, debt repayments or toys. But, by funding the other essential items your children need, we hope to free up money during this difficult time and give you one less thing to worry about.

If you need help with household bills, once you have made your enquiry we will signpost you to other charities who may be able to help with these.  

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  

When we found out the company was closing, it was like someone had taken a sledgehammer to my life. My son needed equipment for his college course and with no savings, I had no idea how I would afford it. Claire, Mum of Sam. Read Claire's story