There for You: School Uniform Grant

School uniform should be the least of a parent’s worries. That’s why UNISON’s very own charity, There for You, gives School Uniform Grants to members who need a helping hand in getting their kids kitted out for the new term.

School Uniform Grant launch: 1 June 2023

The grant programme is limited to 2,000 applicants and will close once the maximum number of applications has been received. This is due to the limited amount in the School Uniform Grant Fund.

What’s new? 

We’ve been running online grant applications for a year, and this has been largely positively received by members. Some feedback specifically asked for the launch times to be adjusted to allow those with daytime commitments to be able to apply.

That’s why this year, we’re launching the school uniform grant during half term: on 1 June 2023. And releasing 1000 applications at 8.30am, and another 1000 applications at 5pm. So that members can apply when it works for them.

You spoke. We listened.

Making welfare work for you.

How to apply 

All applications should be submitted online. Once launched, the application form will go live here:

Those members who have access needs which mean that they can’t apply online, should contact UNISONdirect on 0800 0857 857, whilst the grants are open; where our agents will be able to assist.


Criteria and who can apply 

This is a one-off grant of £50 per school aged child, up to a maximum of £150.


Applicants must:

  • Be a UNISON member
  • Have paid at least four weeks subscriptions at the time of applying. Subscriptions must be up to date.
  • Not have received a grant through our main applications since 01 December 2023
  • Not have received more than £750 in total if within the first year of membership
  • Have savings (including the total rolling balance on current accounts) below £1,000 to qualify.
  • Be financially responsible for school aged child(ren) and receiving Child Benefit for them.By school aged we mean children aged between 4-17 years old who will be returning to school in the autumn.

Only one application per household will be considered.



  • You are on a low income:
  • Net household income* of no more than £26,000/year (£2,166.67/month)


  • In receipt of means-tested benefits. This includes:
  • Universal Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Child and/or Working Tax Credits
  • Pension Credit
  • Means-tested Jobseekers Allowance  
  • Means-tested Employment Support Allowance  
  • Income Support  

 *by household income, we mean income from: salary payments, student finance payments, state retirement pension, occupational or private pensions, child maintenance.   

What can I get help with?   

We can help with a one-off grant of £50 per school aged child, up to a maximum of £150. We want to make this fund go as far as possible and help as many members as we can.  Please only apply if you are in financial difficulty. There is a limited amount in the School Uniform Grant Fund.  


Frequently Asked Questions

How will you contact me?   


Successful online submissions will receive an automated message confirming your application has been received. If this doesn’t show in your ‘inbox’, please check your ‘junk/spam’ folders.     

Processing time   

You should not expect to receive an immediate decision. It could take up to 8 weeks before you hear from us. We will require further evidence to support your application and we will be in touch via email to request this. Please do not send chasing emails as we will be unable to respond.   

If I have recently received a grant can I apply?   

If you have received a grant from UNISON Welfare since 01 December 2022, excluding the Energy Support Fund and Winter Fuel Grant, you will not be eligible to apply for a School Uniform Grant.   

What if I don’t know my membership number?   

We cannot accept applications without a membership number. This can often be found at the bottom of any emails you have received from UNISON.   
Alternatively, please contact UNISONdirect on 0800 0 857 857.  

The application isn’t accessible to me, what can I do?

If you are unable to complete the application due to an accessibility issue, please email: or call UNISONdirect on 0800 0 857 857.  
Any other questions?  
Contact us via email: 


Applications will be made online. 

You cannot apply before these times. 

A link to apply online will be added to the bottom of the below webpage when the grant is live:

UNISON School Uniform Grant