The Leather UK Hardship Grant will provide grants of up to £1,000 (US$1,214) from LHTBI for UK-based leather industry workers who have been negatively affected by the cost of living crisis.

Individuals will reportedly have to be facing an exceptional financial shortfall that they are unable to meet through other means and prove a need for support. All applications will be assessed on an individual basis by the LHTBI.

The organisations note that the fund is not intended to replace regular income, nor is it for investment in business commitments.

The following are not eligible for the fund:

  • Individuals working outside the leather industry
  • Non-UK residents or employees of non-UK registered businesses
  • Unpaid or voluntary staff, including students in part time or full-time education
  • Recipients of any other UK leather industry-related hardship grants
  • Individuals who are unable to evidence working in the UK leather industry for the last year (applicants must be able to demonstrate regular paid employment since at least July 1, 2022)
  • Individuals looking for investment in ongoing business commitments in the leather industry.

All applications will be assessed on an individual basis by a working group from both Leather UK and the LHTBI, who reserve the right to request further information and/or evidence to support any of the answers you provide.  All information provided will be treated as highly confidential and we ask for proof of hardship to ensure the best use of the fund.

Click here to find out more and make an online application.