Grants from the Fashion and Textile Children’s Trust can help single parents and carers who have worked in the UK fashion or textile industry and whose household income has reduced as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, or those who were struggling financially before the outbreak.
The Trust can fund items for children such as clothing, bedding and essential household items. The Trust cannot fund household bills, food costs or replace lost income.
Applicants may wish to apply if their income has recently been affected in any of the following ways:
- Made redundant or were already redundant and now can’t get a new job
- Have been furloughed (temporarily laid-off) and can’t 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 can’t fund your lost income. OR can’t 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
The Trust encourages single parents and carers to apply for items their children will need for the year ahead, 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
Applicants must have worked in the UK fashion and textile industry, for at least one year within the last nine years.