Through our 2023-24 grantmaking, we support a wide range of systems development and systemic change efforts, growth-stage programs, and ongoing events and convenings that help make postsecondary education the easy choice for young Vermonters. The following represents the majority of our current portfolio of grantee partners. We anticipate adding to this list throughout the year.

Community College of Vermont (CCV)

Our promise to the VT High School Classes of 2023-26 of a free degree through CCV's Early College program

Funding for 2022-2027

Thanks to our Free Degree Promise through the state's Early College program at CCV, all Vermont students in the high school classes of 2023-2026 who complete the Early College program at CCV can count on a free associate degree. Our promise covers tuition and fees after federal and state financial aid and provides enhanced advising and stipends to help with books, transportation, and other costs associated with going to college. Read more about this initiative. 

Secondary Programs & Initiatives

Funding for 2008 through 2024

Our funding supports CCV's engagement with 6-12th grade students in a continuum of programs that support awareness of and aspirations to college and career training. Programs include Middle School Access Days, Intro to College and Careers, Dual Enrollment and Early College.

Veteran Student Services

Funding for 2010 through 2024

Our funding supports veteran and military services at CCV through which CCV provides specialized support from admission through graduation for veterans and military-connected students. The McClure family is a multi-generation military family with a deep belief in the capabilities and talents of veterans and an interest in supporting their successful transition to civilian life and work.

Career Learning Management

Funding for 2021 through 2024

Our funding supports investment in career learning management capacity and the integration of career learning into CCV program pathways and the student experience. A new Manager of Career Learning at CCV is working at a high level with staff and faculty to ensure career advising, career exploration, and experiential career learning opportunities are integral to the CCV student experience. 


Most Promising Jobs Campaign 

Funding for 2010 through 2024

The Most Promising Jobs campaign is a longtime partnership between the McClure Foundation and the Vermont Department of Labor to identify and promote the high-pay, high-demand jobs projected for Vermont and the educational requirements needed to obtain them. The centerpiece of the campaign is the "Vermont's Most Promising Jobs" brochure, which identifies over fifty occupations expected to have at least 500 job openings over the next decade and pay above the state median wage. Individuals and organizations can request free copies of the brochure, access digital translations of the brochure, and be referred to resources for students and jobseekers at 

Through the Most Promising Jobs campaign, the McClure Foundation also provides mini-grants to schools and community-based organizations to help young people plan and prepare for life after high school. Schools and organizations across the state are using these mini-grants to support existing or new career exploration activities and programs, enhance flexible pathways like work-based learning and dual enrollment, develop locally relevant materials that promote promising career pathways, cover transportation costs associated with college visits, and more.


Vermont School Counselors Association

Funding for 2021 through 2025

In partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation and its VT COVID-19 Response Fund, we've made a four-year grant commitment to the Vermont School Counselors Association to advance the new framework for school counseling in Vermont and to hire first-ever staff. Read more about the four-year commitment.


Vermont Rural Education Collaborative

Funding for 2023-2024

Our 18-month general operating grant commitment positions VREC to deepen its regional leadership on the issue of teacher workforce development and diversification in partnership with its 40+ member schools in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. 

Serve Learn Earn

Funding for 2023 through 2026

In partnership with the Vermont Community Foundation, our three-year grant to this nonprofit collaborative is advancing their efforts to use a collective impact model to help solve Vermont's workforce development challenges. The collaborative of well-respected organizations is providing Vermonters with more opportunities to gain important skills, give back to the community, and earn compensation while working toward a rewarding career.

Vermont State University

Funding for 2016 through 2024

Our programmatic support includes funding for the Summer Bridge program that enhances the academic preparation, motivation, and retention of first-time students from historically marginalized backgrounds; for the Kingdom Career Connect program that supports college and career awareness for middle-grade youth; for the Early Childhood Educators Summer Institute at Castleton; for summer youth programming at the Randolph campus; and for flexible professional development at the discretion of the Chancellor's Office. In 2023, we also made a $50,000 grant commitment to pilot living stipends for VTSU students completing their full-time, unpaid student teaching semester requirements.

Regional and Special Population Career Development Efforts

Funding for 2016 through 2024

Our support includes funding for regional-level systems coordination and career awareness efforts including those led by the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC), the Vermont  Professionals of Color Network,  Great Schools Partnership, Vermont Works for Women, Changing Perspectives, the Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, the Rutland Regional Workforce Investment Board, and the Bennington County Regional Commission. 


Funding for 2020 through 2024

Support for the Multicultural Youth Program.

Public Assets Institute

Funding for 2022 through 2024

Funding to support the annual State of Working Vermont publication.

UP for Learning

Funding for 2019 through 2024

Funding to support the general operations of this organization that helps educational institutions fully engage youth in their own learning and in reimagining and transforming schools and education systems.

Vermont Principals' Association

Funding for 2019 through 2024

Support for equity efforts, including an affinity group for VPA members of color as well as professional learning for members about diverse hiring practices. 

Vermont School Boards Association

Funding for 2022 through 2024

Support for equity efforts, including an affinity group for VSBA members of color.



Notable Recent Grants at CCV

Promise to the VT High School Class of 2020

Funding for 2020-21

Our funding supported tuition and fees associated with a free course at CCV for every member of the Vermont high school class of 2020. Announced in June 2020 with the help of Governor Scott, this initiative generated a significant increase in the enrollment of recent high school graduates at CCV at a time when new enrollment was plummeting nationally. Read a fact sheet about this initiative. 

Occupational Credentialing Programs

Funding for 2018-19 through 2020-21

Our funding supported the development of flexible, online occupational credentialing programs serving Vermonters who need targeted skills and credentials to move ahead in their careers.

Prison to College Pathway

Funding for 2017-18 through 2019-20

Our funding helped launch CCV's ReSET VT Program, a promising initiative to offer college courses and advising to men incarcerated at Northern State Correctional Facility in Newport. In large part due to the early successes of that program, CCV was awarded a Second-Chance Pell grant from the federal Department of Education in 2020 to continue and expand their incarcerated education efforts in ways that will lead to significant improvement in access to college and career training for Vermonters experiencing incarceration. With support from the federal grant, CCV will continue offering college courses in the Northern State Facility with hopes to expand the work.

Enhanced Student Advising

Funding for 2020-21

Our funding will support enhanced training for all Coordinators of Student Advising at CCV, a new role that focuses on advising and supporting student success.

Assessment of Prior Learning

Funding for 2020

Funding in recognition of CCV's 50th anniversary to support take-up of Assessment of Prior Learning program that provides convenient options for gaining college credit for college-level learning and experienced gained through work or training, military or community service, online or individual study.