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Empowering 2SLGBTQ+ youth through storytelling led school-based projects from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

Make your school more open and inclusive.

It Gets Better Canada is funding storytelling grants, for projects running from September 2024 to June 2025, in all 10 provinces and 3 territories to support projects uplifting and empowering 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

If you had up to $5,000 to make your school better for 2SLGBTQ+ students, what would you do?

We’re looking to fund storytelling projects that uplift, empower, and connect 2SLGBTQ+ youth in schools in all 13 provinces and territories. Do you have a story to tell that will support 2SLGBTQ+ youth at your school? We want to help you do it!

Build your community. Better your campus. Inspire others.

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

Whether your school is already an inclusive safe haven or you need community support just to launch your project – whatever your path, we want to hear how you think your school could benefit from up to $5,000.

Grants are brought to you by It Gets Better Canada, with financial support from American Eagle.

text: Not sure where to begin? Image: Magnifying glass Text: 1. Identify a youth-led storytelling project Image: Application page Text: 2. Develop your proposal Image: Calendar showing the first of the month Text: 3. With the support of a staff rep, apply by April 1, 2024

PODCAST

Share your project with us!

Tell us how your storytelling project will uplift 2SLGBTQ+ students in your school.
Apply now

PLAY

Share your project with us!

Tell us how your storytelling project will uplift 2SLGBTQ+ students in your school.
Apply now

VIDEO SERIES

Share your project with us!

Tell us how your storytelling project will uplift 2SLGBTQ+ students in your school.
Apply now

ZINE

Share your project with us!

Tell us how your storytelling project will uplift 2SLGBTQ+ students in your school.
Apply now
- keys to a great project

Unique to your school

Every school faces different challenges, so make your project unique to your needs and voices. What stories need to be told? 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 video/podcast/livestream is viewed?

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 and with 2SLGBTQ+ youth. Show us how your project brings together these groups to make your campus a better place for all.

Download the full list of eligibility criteria, application questions, and a sample budget.

English PDF / French PDF

Download the Grant Overview + Guidelines.

English PDF / French PDF

Looking for more information?

Register for our virtual information session here - February 20, 2024: 4:00 pm EST
- frequently asked questions

Your application will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Project Vision – 50%
  • Project Budget – 15%
  • Additional Criteria- 10% 
  • Overall Review – 25%

Here is our current grant application timeline:

  • February 1, 2024: Application Portal Opens
  • April 1, 2024: Application Portal Closes
  • April – May 2024: Application Review
  • June 2024: Notify Grantees of Final Decisions
  • July – August 2024: Paperwork + Distribution of Funds

We are funding projects presented by 2SLGBTQ+ youth and educators like you who are interested and determined to make a positive impact on your school. You can see some great examples of how your funds can be spent in the section above.

Grants do NOT fund research, political activities, scholarships, or individual needs. Grants can NOT benefit only one student.

We are so sorry you are having difficulty with the application process. Check out the Submitter Resource Center or contact Submittable Customer Support.

Every application must be submitted by a faculty member (teacher, administrator, advisor, etc) at the school AND a student signatory. In our grant application platform, there is an ability to collaborate with different people. If you are having technical questions, please contact Submittable.

If your school doesn’t have a GSA or 2SLGBTQ+ related club/organization, do not hesitate to apply. During your application, we ask you to provide us with some information on your school’s history with 2SLGBTQ+ student support/curriculum.

Yes! We will be hosting community webinars about the grant application and any other questions, comments or concerns that may come up for you all throughout the application process. Please sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications.

All project plans for this grant must be executable within one school year: September 2024 – June 2025. Per the grant eligibility requirements, any funds given from this grant must be used by the end of the grant cycle. We encourage you to create a project timeline for yourself in order to ensure your project plan is executed by June 2025.

We understand that receiving funds might be very different depending on where you are located. Please be prepared to share what method is currently used and is best for your school in your application. We will work with grant recipients to make sure funds are used exclusively for the proposed project. The full grant amount will be distributed by September 1, 2024.

Mistakes happen! Typos, missing files, wrong attachments, we get it. Open-for-editing requests will be available before the submission deadline of April 1, 2024. If we notice a mistake with your application during the review process, we reserve the right to only reach out to certain applicants. For more information, visit the Submittable Resource Center.

Once you create your free account with Submittable, our application platform, you can save the draft of your application at any point. Please note that we will not be able to review any applications until they are successfully submitted.

View the full list of application questions above.

Absolutely! We are excited at the opportunity of having multiple schools partner together to create a greater network of support for 2SLGBTQ+ students in your area. In your application, please be very clear to describe exactly what your project is, all involved parties and schools, and have a designated lead school and contact in the designated fields. Please note that grants will be awarded up to $5,000 per application, meaning that schools applying in partnerships or districts could end up receiving fewer dollars per school.

If your question isn’t answered above in the FAQ you can send an email to [email protected]

Ready to submit?

Applications are now open and close on April 1, 2024.

Grants are brought to you by It Gets Better Canada with financial support from American Eagle.

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