School uniform grant launch – 1 June 2023

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.

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.

How to apply

All applications should be submitted online. Once launched, you can find the application form here:

Application Form

Those members who have access needs which mean that they can’t apply online, should contact UNISONdirect on 0800 0 857 857, 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 1 December 2022.
  • 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 (£2166.67/month).


  • Be 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