Wheatley Foundat

What is Wheatley Foundation?

Set up in 2016, it is a charitable trust, “Making Lives Better” for thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people Wheatley Group works for across Scotland. The Foundation’s five key areas of interest are:

  • POVERTY: tackling social exclusion and taking people out of poverty;
  • EMPLOYABILITY: creating job, career, training and apprenticeship opportunities;
  • EDUCATION: providing access to Higher and Further Education;
  • DIGITAL INCLUSION: increasing and expanding digital and online access and capability;
  • SPORTS AND THE ART: helping people, old and young, to lead more vibrant, active lives.

Scottish Communities, Social Security and Equalities Secretary Angela Constance visited Wheatley House in Glasgow to find out more about how the Foundation is making lives better across Wheatley communities. Watch our short video of the event, including the Cabinet Secretary's speech.

Who benefits?

In its first year, the Foundation aims to support over 7000 individuals, couples and families Wheatley works for across Scotland.

Many of these tenants, people in care and factored homeowners are disadvantaged and vulnerable.

How is it funded?

The Foundation has a £3 million annual budget, funded by charitable donations from Wheatley’s partner organisations and external grants.

What types of activity does it support?

A wide range - from one of Scotland’s largest modern apprenticeship programmes and My Great Start, helping new tenants settle into their new homes, to Silver Deal weekly activity and fitness classes for the elderly and the Wheatley Pledge, which has resulted in Wheatley contractors and suppliers creating hundreds of jobs and training opportunities.

How do I apply for Foundation funding?

The Foundation meets quarterly to consider any funding requests. 

To find out more about the Foundation priorities, and for further information on how to access funding, click on Contact Us.

Why does the Foundation not make grants more widely available? 

The Foundation’s charitable aim is to support customers of Wheatley Group who are disadvantaged. 

It was set up by Wheatley Group, funded by the Group and its subsidiaries, to benefit our customers. As a result, the Foundation can’t distribute funds more widely.