Sustaining Grants Portfolio: An Overview 

In order to better utilize our staff/board time and energy and that of our partners who continue to promote McClure Foundation’s stated giving philosophy and funding priorities, the board is adopting a new process for awarding small-scale, multi-year grants to help sustain proven programs and ongoing convenings that are squarely aligned with the Foundation’s mission. These grants, which will typically range between $1,500 - $6,000 per year, will be awarded at the Board’s discretion by the end of January 2019 based on its deep knowledge of the established programming landscape.

These grants will not require formal proposals or grant reports. In lieu of formal reporting, partners in our sustaining grants portfolio will be asked to proactively share observations, testimonials, and annual reports with Foundation staff as partners deem appropriate. Partners agree to return funds if at any point their mission, methodology, or program changes significantly.

Programs of interest for the 2018-2020 Sustaining Grants Portfolio include:

  • Programs that promote the aspirations of low-income students grades 7-11 for education/training after high school via exposure to Vermont’s promising careers and the pathways to obtain them. These may include one-time multi-district convenings that offer students exposure to a variety of promising careers/pathways; or in-depth third space (summer/afterschool) programs that expressly serve low-income youth and include one or more of the following components: high-quality mentorship, work-based learning, and supportive early labor market experiences. The Foundation will prioritize programs that collect reflections from students about their prior understanding of careers and postsecondary education resources, their goals and personal strengths, and/or their untapped potential and next steps.
  • Programs that assist marginalized and disadvantaged Vermont students to successfully transition to education and training beyond high school. The Foundation will prioritize programs with the following components: cohort-building, high-quality mentorship, financial literacy and SEL/life-skills building, and improved student awareness of evidence-based support resources including guided career pathways.
  • Programs that support foster youth to pursue education, training, or viable employment beyond high school.
  • Programs that improve on-ramps to education, training, and employment for Vermont veterans and other adults and are committed to tracking progress of program participants.
  • Convenings or media coverage that build inter-sector understanding and relationships and/or grow awareness of postsecondary pathways and the importance of continued education after high school.