The BFC Fashion Trust is a British Fashion Council Foundation charitable initiative that empowers positive business growth through financial grants and mentoring. The fund is open to all gender collections and/or accessories.
The BFC Fashion Trust supports projects that enable brands to think strategically and accelerate positive business growth through finance and business support. Grant money should relate to a defined project that will be delivered within a set period of time, and applicants must articulate how projects align to their broader business growth vision and show a clear return on investment.
Since its inception in 2011 the BFC Fashion Trust has awarded over £2.5million to 50 designers.
The 42 designers who have been supported to date include: Aries, Christopher Kane, David Koma, Edeline Lee, Emilia Wickstead, Erdem, Gareth Pugh, House of Holland, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Molly Goddard, Nicholas Kirkwood, Osman, palmer//harding, Phoebe English, Prism, Rejina Pyo, Richard Nicoll, Roksanda, Sibling, Sophia Webster, Teatum Jones, Teija and Zoe Jordan.
Clearpay will also support the BFC Fashion Trust as Official Partner. With payment processes integral to supporting growth for designer businesses, BFC and Clearpay will align to drive the fashion and retail industry forwards in 2021.
The BFC Fashion Trust grant you receive is given from the BFC Foundation (Registered Charity Number: 1185152) which brings all of the BFC’s charitable initiatives under one umbrella supporting the future growth and success of the British fashion industry by focusing on three areas: Education, Grant-Giving & Business Mentoring and Institute of Positive Fashion. The grant agreement that you sign with the BFC Foundation includes a Code of Conduct, and requirements to ensure that you provide key information and update reports.
The BFC Fashion Trust bursaries are at the discretion of the BFC, based on recommendations by the panel of experts.