The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation envisions a Vermont where all people have abundant opportunities for career education and advancement and where no promising position goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant.
To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its annual competitive grant program. Through the program, grants ranging from between $15,000 and $60,000 will be awarded to entities working to improve equitable access to postsecondary and career education opportunities that create pathways to the most promising jobs in Vermont. The program supports growth-stage efforts and programs seeking funding to pilot a model or a big idea, demonstrate effectiveness, expand delivery, and/or improve systems coordination.
Funding priority will be given to projects with the potential to improve public, community, and/or family awareness of career pathways and the importance of continued education after high school; expand postsecondary access and increase postsecondary success so that Vermont students of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from postsecondary education and training; and strengthen the pathways between education and employment.
To be eligible, applicants must be located in or serving the people of Vermont and be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or be a public agency, school, or municipality in the state of Vermont. Nonprofit organizations or community groups without 501(c)(3) status may apply through a fiscal sponsor.
Letters of Interest are due February 6. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
See the J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.