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EXTERNAL FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - Fashion & Textile Children's Trust

Note : Grants cannot fund household bills, food costs or replace lost income

Who can apply? 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.

Families can apply, if their or their partner's income has been affected in any of the following ways:

  • Made redundant or were already redundant and now cannot get a new job
  • Have been furloughed (temporarily laid-off) and cannot afford to fund the 20% or more reduction in income
  • Have been put on reduced working hours
  • Have been made to take unpaid leave to care for your children
  • Have lost self-employed income and are not eligible to apply for the new Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS) and cannot fund your lost income. OR cannot fund your lost income until the SEISS scheme pays out
  • Have to self-isolate and are not entitled to furlough/sick pay or your employer can't/won't pay it

What can you apply to fund?
The FTCT 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 to get you ahead for September
  • Baby clothing, equipment, or bedding
  • 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

Four criteria points below.

  1. You have worked in the UK fashion and textile industry for at least one year or more, within the last nine years. Not sure? Read more
  2. You are the parent or carer for a child aged 0-18 years
  3. You are facing financial difficulties which is preventing you from funding the requested items yourself (eg. Arrears, debt or do not have access to savings). Not sure? Read more
  4. Your child’s health or well being may be affected by not having the requested items. Not sure? Read more

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

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