The “It Gets Better Project” continued its program in 2023 to provide $10,000 grants to schools throughout the United States and now Canada to implement LGBTQ initiatives for the second straight year. The project is called “50 States. 50 Grants. 5000 Voices.” The organization stated: “The effort, which is now in its second year and has expanded to include Canada, will provide grants of up to $10,000 to 71 U.S. and Canada public or charter schools, for a total of $625,000 in grants.” These grants were provided “with generous support from American Eagle, Aerie and their customers.” The schools had to apply to be considered for the grants. The organization’s executive director explicitly stated that the goal was to bring LGBTQ issues into classrooms:
Amid ongoing efforts to silence or stigmatize discussion about LGBTQ+ identity in the classroom, it’s more important than ever to ensure that LGBTQ+ students feel that they are welcomed, accepted and able to be their full selves at school.
One school that received a $10,000 grant for 2023 was the Ilima Intermediate School in Hawaii. The following is provided as the purpose of the grant: “This project will help rebuild the school’s GSA through events as well as participation in Honolulu Pride.” The Ilima Intermediate School is a public middle school.