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Redundancy can be a very stressful process for anyone, but particularly for those with children to care for. Below is some information about our grants and how they help fashion and textile workers. 

Applying for our grants

Our grants help UK fashion and textile families buy essential items for their children. It's why our charity was founded back in 1853.

To apply for an FTCT grant, you must be the parent or carer for a child aged up to 18 years and 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

What we fund

Our grants fund items which are essential for children's health and wellbeing. These might be items you were planning to buy, but now can't due to lost income 

These might include:

  • 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.

What we can't fund

We're sorry but we can't fund household bills, food costs or replace lost income.

If you're struggling to cover the cost of household bills or food, find out what support is available to help with debt and bill costs . There are also lots of other charities who help people through financial difficulty

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

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