Our Giving Philosophy & Available Funding

We all envision a Vermont where opportunities for life-long learning are abundant and where no 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 — will become more fully empowered.

What We Fund

The McClure Foundation focuses its funding on public-private partnerships that address systemic improvement in the access Vermonters have to workforce and postsecondary education. Funding priority is given to:

  • Programs that prioritize low-income students, first-generation college students, adult learners, and/or veterans;
  • Programs that further the implementation of recent state legislative accomplishments relating to workforce development and access to postsecondary education;
  • Organizations with statewide reach or the potential for a statewide reach, with a history of data-driven programs;
  • New collaborations between public and private organizations designed to eliminate duplication and to serve greater numbers of students;
  • Projects that have the potential to become financially self-sustaining. 

Note for 2014/2015: Historically, the McClure Foundation has not accepted unsolicited proposals. This year, we are introducing a change in process: a limited amount of funding (estimated $40,000-$60,000) is available for the 2014-15 school year through a competitive grant round. The McClure Foundation anticipates supporting a very limited number of organizations with these grant dollars. The deadline to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) for 2014-15 funding was February, 27, 2014.

Deadline and Notification

The deadline for Letters of Interest (LOI) to be submitted electronically through the Vermont Community Foundation's Online Grants Manager was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 27. Applicants will be notified of the results of their submission in mid-March, and a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit full applications, which will be due in late April (funding is not guaranteed). Final decisions will be made in mid-June and applicants will be notified by email the week of June 23, 2014. 


Please contact Carolyn Weir, special projects advisor at the Vermont Community Foundation, at cweir@vermontcf.org or 802-388-3355 ext. 239 with questions about the grant process.