Marianne Wilkinson

Councillor, Kanata North

Paint it Up!

If there is a wall in your neighbourhood that keeps falling victim to graffiti vandalism, the City of Ottawa and Crime Prevention Ottawa invite you to Paint it Up!

Now in its sixth year, the Paint it Up! program offers funding for community groups and at-risk youth to create murals in areas of the city that are experiencing high rates of graffiti vandalism. The program is one component of the City’s Graffiti Management Strategy.

Since its inception in 2010, the program has involved over 800 youth, ranging in age from 12 to 22 years, working on 43 projects across the city supported by an average project grant of $5,000. Outdoor murals have proven to be effective in managing graffiti vandalism, supporting arts and culture, contributing to economic development and providing youth engagement opportunities.

From CPO Ottawa:

Funding is available for outdoor mural art projects that support graffiti prevention, youth empowerment, community safety and the beautification of Ottawa neighbourhoods.

Check out the past five years of murals with our new video.

For more information about funding, please visit, for the program guidelines and application form.

Projects must contribute to a clean, safe and beautiful city by engaging neighbourhoods and youth in a constructive learning process to create murals to prevent or deter graffiti.

Applications must be postmarked, e-mailed, or received by 4 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015.

Please join us for one of our information sessions:

Monday, Feb 23 1:30-3:00pm
City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West, 1st floor Festival Boardroom


Tuesday, Feb 24 5:30-7:00pm
Overbrook Community Centre
33 Quill Street, Workshop 2

To confirm your attendance, please RSVP by e-mail to or leave a message at 613-580-2424 ext. 25393. If you require special needs accommodation, please advise upon registration.

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