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What do four hundred electricians, more than two thousand nurses, and nearly five hundred software developers have in common? These are the kinds and numbers of promising jobs expected to open in Vermont in the next ten years. However, these and other promising Vermont jobs largely require education and/or training after high school. As few as 37% of Vermont’s low-income high school students pursue such education after graduation. With that gap in mind, we envision a Vermont where all people have abundant opportunities for career education and advancement and where and no promising position goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant. We believe that as philanthropists, educators, and legislators communicate and collaborate to improve and promote educational opportunities within the state, Vermont’s most important resource — its people — become more fully empowered.

What We Fund

For the 2017-18 school year, the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation focused its funding on projects that create systemic improvement in the access all Vermonters have to postsecondary and career education.  The full list of funded projects is available here.

Please return to this webpage in December 2017 for information about the Foundation's funding priorities for the 2018-19 school year.


Carolyn Weir, philanthropic advisor for the McClure Foundation, is available to answer questions about the grant process and/or to discuss how your project lines up with Foundation priorities. You can reach Carolyn at or 802-388-3355 ext. 239.