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Our 2014-15 Funding: A New Process, Strategy

The J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation is proud to announce a new online process for the submission of projects for funding consideration for the 2014-2015 school year. Details can be found at A deadline of February 27, 2014 has been set for submission of Letters of Interest.

The Foundation’s strategy is to promote both solid short-term gains and longer-term systemic change in order to increase Vermonters’ access to postsecondary education opportunities. Our goal is to help education become aligned with workforce realities in Vermont in order to build an optimal, diversified, and competitive state economy and enhance opportunities for a higher quality of life for all Vermonters. Applicants should be aware that we prioritize funding to organizations with built-in, sustained, and transparent accountability for their performance and organizations with a long-term view to improving student outcomes and workforce education in Vermont.

The Foundation’s new selection process will begin with consideration of brief Letters of Interest submitted by Vermont public and private organizations. We will consider each proposal with an eye to how well it aligns both with our Foundation’s focus and with current and potential opportunities to foster collaboration to enhance student outcomes. Of course, working with grantees to measure impact continues to be a priority, as does building ways to share progress and outcomes with the educational community at large.

It should be noted that in the past, our Foundation has funded a small number of large-scale proposals with multi-year funding in order to “jump start” promising partnerships. We now cast our nets to include smaller organizations for funding consideration because we acknowledge that it has become critical to integrate local, grassroots solutions into our Foundation’s evolving strategy. Much of the good work in Vermont is pursued by individuals and by teams passionate about their work, effective in their methodology, and committed to long-term change. It is our hope that by learning more about these promising programs, we can better evaluate needs and will be in a better position to ascertain the ways in which Vermont’s resources and leadership might further collaborate to enhance student learner for the benefit of all Vermonters.

It is in bringing talent, leadership, and resources together to problem solve that we can best leverage the Foundation’s grantmaking and together act as a catalyst for exploration and change.

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