WDH has a non-repayable grant scheme to get people into work and to boost their skills.
If you're registered as living in a WDH property and aged over 16, the WDH Foundation Grant Scheme gives you the chance to apply for up to £1,500 every three years to help with educational support or to improve your professional opportunities.
Examples of what the money could be spent on could include paying for training schemes, buying equipment for courses, ID, funding childcare or securing a monthly bus pass to travel to college..
You will be asked to demonstrate in your application how funding will help improve your employment opportunities and general wellbeing as well as your relevant skills and experience. Please note the nature of the grant scheme is competitive and making an application does not guarantee you an award. Decisions are given on applications around a month after each deadline.
For more information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. For all other queries, please contact:
Customer Insight Team
To apply, please complete our online Foundation Grant application form.
The next deadlines are:
In early 2020, one of our Foundation Grant applicants (who wishes to remain anonymous) was made redundant from his position due to economic and logisticals issues with the growing number of COVID-19 cases. With a family to support, he was fearful of being out of work for a long period of time due to the pandemic and, with no qualifications to support him in finding further employment, began looking at what areas of business may be successful in the near and long-term future.
He considering work in domestic logistics. However, he discovered there was a shortage of HGV drivers and decided this would be the best career to aim for in order to secure employment. Unfortunately, the course cost was £2,830 and he didn’t have access to the funds, and no job to allow him to save the money.
When the Foundation Grant Scheme was advertised, he applied for support and, with minor arrears due to being in receipt of Universal Credit being the only issue with the tenancy, the applicant’s request for support was granted.
He took his Class C HGV training and within less than a week of passing the course, he had secured himself a job working for a large local organisation. Three months later, he had secured a promotion within the same company. He cleared his arrears and has sustained his employment and tenancy since.
When asked what the Foundation Grant meant to him, he said: “I was out of work before, but now this has supplied me with a lifelong job and a complete safety net to know I will never be out of work again.”
“I was out of work before, but now this has supplied me with a lifelong job and a complete safety net to know I will never be out of work again.”
Our Community Employment Advisors are also on hand to support you with anything you may need including going online, writing CVs, applying for jobs, and finding new courses to suit you. Please visit the Community Employment Advisors page for more information on how the team can support you in your applications.
WDH Foundation Grant Scheme - Terms and conditions