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Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth Through School-Based Projects in All 50 States

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT

Empowering LGBTQ+ Youth Through School-Based Projects in All 50 States

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT

Make your school more open and inclusive. 

The It Gets Better Project is funding 50 Grants in 50 States to support projects empowering LGBTQ+ youth.

If you had up to $10,000 to make your school better for LGBTQ+ students, what would you do? 

We’re looking to fund projects that uplift, empower, and connect LGBTQ+ youth in schools in all 50 states.  Do you want to install a community mural highlighting local LGBTQ+ activists, boost your library’s range of literature from LGBTQ+ authors, or help your GSA fund your first-ever Pride Week? We want to help you do it! 

Whether your school is already an inclusive safe haven or you need community support just to start your GSA–whatever your path, we want to hear how you think your school could benefit from up to $10,000. Grants are brought to you by the It Gets Better Project with support from American Eagle and Aerie and we want you to answer that question.

SUBMIT YOUR PROJECT

Build your community. Better your campus. Strengthen your GSA.

No matter how you want to create change, we want to hear about your project.

examples of great projects

school-wide projects

  • Build an LGBTQ+ section for books and other resources in your school library
  • Paint a mural or other art installation in your school highlighting local LGBTQ+ history
  • Provide LGBTQ+ inclusive training for your entire school staff

gender-sexuality alliance (GSA) projects

  • Launch your school's first GSA
  • Install a school garden or gender affirming closet that supports the GSA
  • Provide leadership training for your GSA student leaders

community projects

  • Organize a school float for your city's Pride Parade
  • Help establish a student-focused program with a local LGBTQ+ center or nonprofit
  • Establish a partnership between the LGBTQ+ students at your school with LGBTQ+ seniors in your area
keys to a great project

Unique to your school

Every school faces different challenges, so make your project unique to your needs. What do you want to see changed? What projects can make your school more inclusive?

Creates measurable impact

Whatever your project, make sure there are ways to measure impact. Can you survey your student body to get before/after metrics? Can you count how many times a particular book is checked out from the library in a given school year?

Activates both the students and staff

Schools are built for collaboration, and we want to see students and teachers work together to create a more uplifting, empowering space for LGBTQ+ youth. Show us how your project brings together these groups to make your campus a better place for all. 

To view the full list of eligibility criteria, application questions, and a sample budget, click here.
To download a PDF of the Grant Overview + Guidelines, click here.

frequently asked questions

How is an application graded?

What is the application process timeline?

I’m having technical difficulties with the application process. Who can help?

How can the grant funds be spent?

Who can submit an application?

What if my school doesn’t have a GSA or LGBTQ+ related club/organization?

Will there be an opportunity for us to connect with someone to show us how to go through the grant application process and answer any questions in real-time?

How long will we have to spend our grant funds?

How will I receive the funds?

I just noticed a mistake in my application! Can I fix it?

Do we have to finish the application in one sitting, or will we be able to save it and come back to it at a later time?

If your question isn't answered above in the FAQ, you can email 50grants@itgetsbetter.org.

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Start your application today! Rally your team of students and staff together to get your application in order. Let us know if you have any questions and good luck!

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This campaign is brought to you by the
It Gets Better Project, supported by Aerie and American Eagle.