Please note the Foundation Grant Scheme has been suspended temporarily due to COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are still accepting applications but cannot give you a date for when you will receive a decision on your application. Any payments must be made before the course you want to undertake begins so please bear this in mind when completing an application.
We recommend emailing queries and applications rather than posting or telephoning us to ensure smooth communication while our offices are closed.
Please check back on this page for further updates.
WDH has a non-repayable grant scheme to get people into work and boost their skills.
If you're registered as living in a WDH property, the WDH Foundation Grant Scheme gives you the chance to apply for up to £3,000 in any one year to help with educational support or improving your professional opportunities.
You will be asked to demonstrate how funding would help improve your working opportunities, increase your learning potential or provide access to training courses.
Examples of what the money could be spent on could include paying for training schemes, buying equipment for courses, funding childcare or securing a monthly bus pass to travel to college.
Only individuals over the age of 16, and not groups, will be accepted, with each application considered on its own merits.
We hope the WDH Foundation Grant Scheme will make a real difference in helping individuals of all ages in our communities enhance their development and achieve their career and educational goals.
To find out more about the Foundation Grant contact:
Customer Insight Team
For more information about how the WDH Community Employment Advisors can support you in completing an application, or where to find your nearest WDH Work Club, please visit the Community Employment Advisors page.
Kelly Stott applied for the WDH Foundation Grant to cover the cost of a Phlebotomy course as she had previous experience within the care sector and was keen to progress her career and better her future both for herself and her family.
WDH gave Kelly support to complete the Foundation Grant application form as she struggles with dyslexia. She carried out her own research beforehand and found a training provider who could meet her learning needs, but she couldn't afford the cost of the course independently.
Phlebotomists are people trained to draw blood from a patient for clinical or medical testing, transfusions, donations, or research. The two-day Phlebotomy course took place in York and consisted of both exams and practical sessions including how to take blood, needle stick injuries and infection control.
Kelly says: “Being successful at getting the grant has been an amazing opportunity for me. It’s been a great stepping stone and really helped my self-esteem. I’d tell anyone to visit the WDH Work Club, the advisors are so happy to help you out. My advisor was brilliant and so understanding.”
“Being successful at getting the grant has been an amazing opportunity for me. It’s been a great stepping stone and really helped my self-esteem. I’d tell anyone to visit the WDH Work Club, the advisors are so happy to help you out. My advisor was brilliant and so understanding.”
To read more about Kelly’s experience please visit the following news item: Foundation Grant helps tenant with career prospects.
WDH Foundation Grant Scheme - Application Form (Word doc)
WDH Foundation Grant Scheme - Application Form (PDF)
WDH Foundation Grant Scheme - Guide for applicants
WDH Foundation Grant Scheme - About the scheme
WDH Foundation Grant Scheme - Example Application