WDH Foundation

Update 27 April 2020

Please note that due to the situation regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) our offices are closed and this may result in delays in giving you a decision on your application and paying your course provider. Please check the course you want to undertake is still going ahead before making an application and bear in mind any payment must be made before the course begins.

The next deadline is Sunday 12 July 2020.

We recommend contacting us via email rather than posting applications or telephoning us to ensure smooth communication while our offices are closed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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.

Case studyKelly Stott

Kelly Stott

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.”

To read more about Kelly’s experience please visit the following news item: Foundation Grant helps tenant with career prospects.

Related links

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